December 10, 2014

#Review of Frozen: Heart of Dread, Book One (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston

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.
 About the Author

Biography

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, Angels on Sunset Boulevard, Girl Stays in the Picture, and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat's Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas, and the Witches of East End series.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney's, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her husband and daughter.


Well this one started out really well.  It has a fast paced start and it was going very well.  But, somewhere along the in second 2 it got lost.  The story took a turn for the worst and just started to drag.  I really loved the story but it really made me think about the story line of (Under the Never Sky) where they were also looking for the Blue (that one was the Still Blue).  But where UTNS was a fast paced ride of yummies.  Frozen felt bogged down by a fast pasted story that died.  

Wes and Nat were ok characters.  I don't think they were fully formed.  Which with Nat I can understand that.  But, I also thought that in this book it was weird that everyone was a teen.  I mean it says that Wes was a marine sergeant (AT 16?!) That just seems a little to far fetched for my taste. 

The other issue was the world building.  You don't really get any explanation about why or how anything has happened.  Which I really wanted to know more about. 

So it sucks to say that the cool things of having powers and this really cool stone were lost in the massiveness of blah. 


 Go Into This One Knowing 
inconstant, blah, people to young


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1 comments:

Thais Pampado said...

It really sucks when the world building isn't good. I like to understand the world the characters live in.

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