Review: ‘Frozen’ by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

I received this book for free from work in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Frozen’ by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael JohnstonFrozen by Melissa de la CruzMichael Johnston
Series: Heart of Dread #1
Published by Speak on August 5th, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: work
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.

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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!


The gadgets were getting smarter and smarter, while the people became the opposite. (22)
That was the thing about beautiful boys, it was difficult to pretend that she didn’t notice, that she wasn’t attracted to him. (25)
He had nothing to give. His heart was as patched together as his ship. (129)
When you save someone’s life, you’re responsible for it. (173)
You have to accept who you are. Then you can do anything. (256)





  1. mscaseymargaret

    October 15, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Very intriguing! I see this book everywhere!
    Awesome review!

  2. GlutenFree+2 (@AshleighSwerdfe)

    September 29, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    I would love to read more about dragons. I love dragons. I am very interested in reading this though, the premise sounds very cool. lol.

  3. Lisamarie

    September 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    The Cover is what caught my eye at first…the few excerpts and reviews I’ve read…now I have to read it!

  4. nurmawati djuhawan (@chiko_jubilee)

    September 26, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    i am a fan of melissa de la cruz novel…i will definetely will read this book..
    thx 4 the review 🙂

  5. Jaime Lynn

    September 25, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Dragons! I love dragons. I think I will wait until book 2 so I can have even more dragons when I finish the first book. Hmmmm

  6. Rachel Spring

    September 24, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    I won a copy of this from the Summer Solstice twitter party, and I was so excited, but since then all I have seen are so-so reviews so I am a little scared now! I hate to give books that I win bad ratings. And if the middle is slow and boring, I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish it!

  7. Jay Riv (Vailia)

    September 18, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    This book keeps catching my eye. Thanks for sharing!

  8. asdewi

    September 17, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    World of ice? much like Narnia in the lion, the witch and magical cupboard? I’m in! 🙂

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