Author(s): Melissa de la CruzDownload
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.
Some Reviews: 1389 in Goodreads.com
Frozen is amazing, the most original novel of 2013! I am a librarian. I managed to snag an Advance Reader Copy of the new novel by veteran YA Alum Melissa de la Cruz. The co-author, according the text, is her husband and previously unrevealed co-author. I assumed from the girl-faced cover that frozen would fall into the teen paranormal romance category, but the novel is so much more than I expected. It’s a love story, but its also an adventure. It’s a science fiction novel that becomes a fantasy novel. It’s a genre-bending mash-up of amazing ideas about our society and how it might evolve. The novel deals with important environmental issues (trash, food quality) but never preaches to the reader. It made me laugh and shed a tear at the end. If you can snag an ARC, I highly recommend reading this novel.
When I started reading, I knew beforehand that this book is high-fantasy. I haven’t been reading as much fantasy as I would’ve liked to, so I was excited to start reading Frozen.
This book is beautifully written. The authors build such an intricate world, and this book introduces you to a whole new dimension. I personally loved how all the characters interacted. I loved the plot, and the story never once bored me. Frozen is definitely one of the most original books I’ve read in a long time. I admire the authors for being able to do enough world building throughout this book without leaving the reader confused or overwhelmed.
*I’m honored to have read this book early; I won an ARC at bookbitereviews.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s original and different and just awesome. It’s kinda dystopian and fantasy and its blends together so well that you never think to question it. I loved the world and the characters. There’s twists and turns that you never see coming and that can be hard to find in some YA. It’s magical and thrilling, and has everything from a corrupt government and military to pirates, slavers and mages.
I loved pretty much everything about this book and would highly recommend it to any fans of dystopian/post apocalyptic and/or fantasy books. =)
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4.5 stars! I thought it was a very original book and the fantasy was blended in quite well. Parts of the ending left me a bit confused but I can’t wait to read the next book!
I picked up a copy at BEA last week and tore through the novel this past weekend. I was both awed and moved by the scope of world building and character development. Frozen contains a wholly formed and incredibly well developed universe that seems just a moment ahead of our own. The world as we know it is gone, but many of its trappings still remain. The culture is still saturated with processed food that comes in tubes and spray cans and clean water is as rare as a real apple, priceless. Nat and Wes live in place where trash covers the land as well as the ocean. Frozen has a message, but it doesn’t preach. It talks about our world and our environment, but speaks through humor and world building detail. I found the book a rare gem and highly recommend it to anyone looking for something that feels fresh, vivid, and new.