Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review: Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston


Summary: 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.

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Initial Thoughts: I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. It had action, romance, magic, people dying, more action...it was a great read and I had fun reading it!

The Characters: Nat is a sixteen year old girl and one of the "marked". The "marked" are literally marked but they have different powers and some are even magical creatures. Those who are marked are prosecuted and killed and blamed for everything. Nat had recently escaped from a place that holds marked and makes them use their powers for evil and destruction basically. Plus Nat always has thought of herself as a monster which makes her never get too close to people - for instance - Wes. Wes (Ryan Wesson) is a runner which means that he basically helps slip people out of New Vegas and get them to other countries so that they have a better chance at freedom. He has a crew with him and some of them are pretty shady but Shakes (my favorite crew member) is a sweet and funny character as well as a best friend to Wes. 

The Story: Nat, having recently escaped, is working in New Vegas as a blackjack dealer and when she gets enough money to escape she looks for the best and only willing runner and that person happens to be Wes. (Now I won't tell you how they meet for the first time but I thought it was pretty funny). At first I thought the whole story was going to be about them on Wes's ship looking for the Blue (which I forgot to mention is the only place left that is normal and livable and safe for the marked) but as it turns out, it is not and I was really surprised by that but I also loved it too! A lot of action happens before they even set sail but there is plenty that happens when they finally do manage to make it to the ship. When they are at sea a lot happens - people die, some disappear, new people show up, pirates and slavers show up too, some mythological creatures and other marked are there too...a lot of fun! The ending completely surprised me and I totally shed some tears. 

The Romance: As I said above, Nat though she was a monster and stayed away from people emotionally. But Wes was always pulling her out of herself and making her laugh and be happy and even when he finds out she is marked, he doesn't care and tells and shows her she isn't a monster or freak. In addition to the adventure part of the book, it was also about Nat discovering that she is a good person and that people love her and are there for her. Nat and Wes's relationship was executed very well!

End Thoughts: Great book that has everything in it! I really liked it and would recommend it to anyone and everyone! 4.5 stars!

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