Waiting On…Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston

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This week I’m waiting on…

Title Frozen
Author Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston
Pages 416 Pages
Genre Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy, Magic, Romance
Publisher Putnam Juvenile
To Be Published September 17th, 2013
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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.

It takes quite a bit to capture and hold my attention in the dystopian genre these days. After the overwhelming success of novels like The Hunger Games and Divergent, the market has been over-saturated with these sort of stories and I often find myself disappointed by those I have taken the time to read. Though I’m becoming increasingly selective when it comes to picking out these type of novels, I knew I wanted to read Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston the second I heard of it. The unique setting (Viva Las Vegas!) coupled with the mention of magic and a city blanketed in ice is simply too tempting to resist. It also reminds me a little of Kresley Cole’s The Poison Princess, which I adored. I have very high hopes for this one!

14 Responses

  1. I’ve thought about reading this one, but I just haven’t liked Melissa de la Cruz’s books in the past – I don’t care for her writing. But maybe if she’s writing with someone else I’d like it? I think I’m just going to wait on reviews, because that blurb makes the book sound incredible, for sure!
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  2. I grabbed this one at BEA!! I’m glad you posted about it though because I honestly didn’t know anything about it and usually when that happens.. the book just sits on the shelf. I’m looking forward to getting to it now!! Plus– VEGAS!! How fun is that?!? 🙂

  3. I’m definitely hesitant to try dystopian – I just don’t see anything original or new being brought to the genre. That said, this one sounds like it could possibly be intriguing – and the blackjack part is super cool! – but I think I’ll wait around for some reviews before taking the plunge.

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