Monday, September 22, 2014

Book Review: Frozen (Heart of Dread #1)

Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1)Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publication Date: January 2013
Source: Netgalley review copy

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.

There was just way too much going on in this book. It feels like the author had 50 different ideas of things she wanted to write about, and threw it all in one book. Some of the ideas were even interesting and would have made a good story, but all together it felt more like a hodge podge, and the story was sloppy because of it.

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