I received this book for review from the lovely people at Orchard Books so thank you to them for sending this too me for review! Unfortunately, it wasn't the book for me...
Author: Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston
Series: Heart of Dread #1
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release Date: April 15th 2014
No. of Pages: 365
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.-(Goodreads)
2 stars: Page shakes his head. He was unsatisfied
with this story.
Oooh... After a streak of pretty awesome books, I'm sad to declare that I did not enjoy this one as much... I really, really wanted to though but it just wasn't doing it for me.. Why? Well...
With any book, the setting and plot are essential parts. Personally, it is vital for me to have a good plot and setting to be able to be sucked into the world of the book. If I dislike it, I'll find it very hard to enjoy the said novel as things are built around the world and occurings of a book. It's almost impossible to focus on everything else... and that was the problem for me. I just couldn't bring myself to enjoy the plot or the setting. When reading the blurb, I had thought it sounded really interesting and adventure-filled but I ended up feeling as though it was trying to be a mix between a Dystopian and a Fantasy novel.... which just didn't work for me. Also, I had a bit of an issue with the names of some of the creatures in the novel. Honestly, it was pretty clear they were typical mythical creatures with the name changed. For example, 'Dwarves' became 'Small Men' and I just don't like it when that happens as I feel the change isn't necessary. I normally adore Fantasy, so it's a shame I didn't enjoy this!
Alongside this, I feel like the book went way too quickly for me. A lot of things were packed into one book and it all happened way too fast for me process or enjoy things. I need to be able to feel things during a book, to savour and understand what's going on. In Frozen, however, the death of a character and the emotions that came with this were all done in two pages. A character's death needs to feel meaningful, like it has an impact, and I don't think this happened at all for me.
The only thing I found myself looking forward to was some romance between Wes and Nat. I don't particularly have strong feelings about them, but since I wasn't excited about much else I really hooked on to the romance! Still, I waited aggeess for a kiss, but if you're wondering- there was one! That made me happy!
Frozen is a book I won't be recommending, but I really wish I had liked it!