Monday, February 17, 2014

Back & Even Better: Frozen - Melissa De La Cruz

Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1)Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz
Date Released: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Putman Juvenile

Pages: 336 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: For Review
Rating: Really Liked! 4 Starts
Series: (Heart of Dread #1)

Goodreads Synopsis: From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.

From Goodreads

Frozen was those book you MUST pick up if you love Mel and her Blue Bloods series. In Frozen, she's teaming up with her husband to deliver a thrilling, riveting, and action - packed novel. She's back and Frozen was amazing!
In Frozen we meet kick ass, blackjack dealer Natasha Kestal with dreams of going into the Blue. The Blue means a rich life, one where she doesn't have to live on a day to day basis earning money with blackjack. But she's also hiding a deep secret one she doesn't even know herself. I really loved Nat! She was so assertive and moving you really get into her character and I liked watching her grow throughout the novel. She also meets no good Ryan Wesson whom she has to trust to go to the Blue. The romance aspect of Frozen was great. It wasn't that mushy love stuff, but it was great seeing that tension between them.
The action action action and action! The action part of the book was great. Mel finally grows aways from her vampires and does some kick ass scenes throught the book. I loved seeing them come alive in my head! It was the perfect balance of Mel's writing with her husband's more mature writing. Having good writing = strong characters and plot line, which was what made Frozen shined. The cast of characters are great with different personalities you get the gist of what's more to come :)
Fist pump and claps
I have to say this was my second time atempting Frozen and I made it through! The first time around I was honeslty second guessing Mel and the book, but the second time I really want to like it and I did! I cannot wait to see how Mel writes the next book in this series and I'm crossing my fingers for it to be better than the first.
I was like what again?
Frozen is a MUST READ for any fan of Mel, Blue Blood series, or looking for something to spice up their current reads. I really liked it and I cannot wait for anything else Mel has in store!


  1. I heard so much about Frozen, but I expected a different genre when I first saw the title. Can´t even say why, though! Great review! :)

  2. I haven't read her Blue Blood series so i'm not familiar with the author's writing style. i'm glad you loved this!

  3. I grabbed this book at the library twice, the one time I actually started it, I couldn't put it down. I loved the action as well.


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