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Series: Heart of Dread #1
Published by Speak on August 5th, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
A catastrophic disaster destroyed the earth and wiped out 99% of the population turning the entire Earth into the Ice Age. Natasha is a young black jack dealer living in what is now New Vegas. Wanting nothing more than her freedom and a way out, her only hope is the runner Ryan. Can she trust him to lead her into the paradise which others have called “the Blue?”
Imagine the world was all ice..Well that’s Natasha’s world. It felt a little crazy to have no seasons and just plain winter all year long. This starts off on a great note, what with the call of adventure and a journey to find a place that is essentially paradise. But then it started to teeter away from it, and I found the middle part to be vaguely boring. I did end up liking the ending enough because that included the dragons. Mind you, I have no idea what they entail and what it means to have dragons in an icy landscape but I’m sure Melissa and Michael will have more in store for the rest of this series.
Frozen made me feel cold just reading about the icy world, and all its brutal ways, but it sure did make me melt in the end!