Heart of Dread: Frozen By Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston #Review

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Title: Heart of Dread: Frozen
Authors: Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston
Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Books Orchard Books
Publication Date: October 2, 2014
Received: Netgallery.com

Overview
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 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 is a remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.

Review….
If you have read work by Melissa de la Cruz you know that she takes you on a journey with her writing and this one is no exception. Heart of Dread: Frozen was a slow start to get good. You have Nat, a 16 year old girl on the run because she is marked, and Wes, a 16 year old mercenary, that come together because Nat needs to leave New Vegas. Nat has powers that she doesn’t understand or how to use them. During their journey worth Wes’s crew they pick up other marked while losing some of their crew. Nat and Wes get closer while Nat is starting to learn more about herself and her powers. In the end Nat discovers who she is meant to be.

If you enjoy SciFi/ Fantasy books you will enjoy this one. This is our world after an ice age with lots of intriguing twists. Most of the people in the book are young-not growing old as 50- in the RSA and do not know how to read because it was not needed. We have the marked that are magical in some way and you call tell because they have a mark on the body that explains what they can do. There is a little romance and some action scenes but mostly it is a journey that takes place.

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