Monday, February 3, 2014

Book #4: Frozen

Title: Frozen (book #1 of the Heart of Dread series)

Author: by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Date started reading: February 4, 2014
Date finished reading:  February 11, 2014

Publish date: September 2013
ISBN: 978-0399257544
Number of pages: 336

Official summary: "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." (

Official book trailer:

How I obtained the book: Checked out of the library

My commentary: I totally expected to hate this book. The book summary did not appeal to me in the slightest, and I haven't liked de la Cruz's books other than the Blue Bloods books. But "Frozen" was able to grab my attention within the first 20 pages and kept it most of the time. There were some slow spots, but overall it was great. I can't wait for the second book in the series.

Memorable quotes:
  • "There are worse things than being shot and dying quickly." ~ Wes
  • "Those who were marked by magic were marked for death." 
  • "(Wes) was soft, he'd always been too soft; it was his Achilles hell, his heart."
  • "I'd rather die fighting than starve in the ocean." ~ Nat
  • "There's always just a fraction of a second between life and death. Take every second you can." ~ Wes

Buy on Frozen: Heart of Dread, Book One

Reading Bingo: On the Reading Bingo Challenge, I'm going to mark it off on the "a book set in the future" square on the young adult card.

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