Thursday, June 12, 2014

Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston: Review

Author: Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
Release date: September 17, 2013
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY(from Goodreads):
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.

This book started out so promising. It was intriguing, I loved the characters, it was intense, and I loved it. It was SO GOOD.

But then things just started to slow down, and it became insanely boring. I had to skim the last quarter of the book because I couldn't take it anymore. The story became so uninteresting, and everything that happened became so convenient. I won't give details because I want to keep this spoiler-free, but everything just seemed to fall into place, and there was almost no conflict.

The writing style also grew to annoy me as well. I'm not quite sure what it was, but I didn't like it.
And can I just say that it is ADORABLE that Melissa and her husband co-wrote this book. DAW<3 cute.="" p="" so="">
Overall, FROZEN had so much potential, but it was just poorly executed.

CONTENT: Kissing, references to sex, some futuristic swearing (icehole instead of a**hole), and some brutal violence.

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