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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 diamon
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Gillian

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ZERO STARS.

Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

There's no beating around the bush. Frozen is a bad book. It's a bottom-of-the-slush-pile, never-gonna-happen, mish-mash-mess of a book you'd expect from someone who just woke up one day and decided to be a novelist. It is stupefying and fascinating in its awfulness. It contains poor grammar, poor plodding plotting, flat characters, and world-building that's entirely without focus. Is it a fantasy? Is it dystopian? Who knows? And, more impo
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Khanh (the Grinch)


This book is plagued with so many problems, I hardly know where to begin. Ms. de la Cruz is an extremely prolific author, and a successful one, but sometimes I think that there is a problem with quantity over quality.

This book was such an utter mess. The plot is barely held together by the weakest of smear from a grade-school quality glue stick. The world building is slapdash, haphazard, nonsensical, inconsistent. The characters are devoid of personality and emotion.

There are pirates, small chil
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Giselle
Aug 29, 2013 Giselle rated it did not like it
I haven't read a book I could describe as truly terrible in a long time. I was surprised at every turn of a page that I was still reading it. I'm not really sure why I kept reading. A fruitless hope that it would suddenly turn into a good book? Or catch fire? Either way, this book has taken hours of my life I will never get back! ROBBERY! This is a book that, if read drunk... would still be terrible. Beer goggles can never be thick enough - well I guess once it blurs the words so much you have t ...more
Natalie Monroe
Last time, I taught you how to write a Paranormal Romance. This time around, I'm going to show you how to write your very own Dystopian!



Just follow this easy how-to guide and you too can be on the bestseller's list in no time.

Step 1: Creating your world

Everyone knows the key to writing a good dystopian is to make your futuristic world as bleak and destroyed as the one in the picture above! So make sure you throw every disaster possible at your pre-dystopian planet. Earthquakes! Floods! World Wa
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Jill Richards
May 24, 2013 Jill Richards rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Christine
Aug 11, 2013 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved, arc

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 ad
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Brielle
Dec 26, 2013 Brielle rated it really liked it
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!
Shay (The Story Goes...)
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 t
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L.A.
Posted first on Blog Critics as Book Review: Frozen: Heart of Dread Book I by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston

Las Vegas has always been a Mecca to draw those who look for the high life, and enjoy the bling and lights of the city. What if Las Vegas became New Vegas, a city covered in crystals of snow and ice instead of the usual glitter. In Book one of Frozen: Heart of Dread by Melissa De Las Cruz, New Vegas is the new frontier, the major city left after destruction of the world. A city th
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Ellen F
Jun 06, 2013 Ellen F rated it it was amazing
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 an ...more
Maya
Jun 19, 2013 Maya rated it really liked it
I scanned an ARC at a friend's house last weekend and was blown away by the details of the world, meals ready to squeeze, a world covered in ice where the farm animals live better than the soldiers. Into this world we meet Nat, a dealer with a voice in her head, a voice that's calling her toward the ocean, toward a place called the blue that she's not certain exists. I was not certain what to make when I saw the cover, but I discovered Frozen was packed with fantasy and sci-fi details. Very fun. ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Frozen is an amazing book! I just loved how Melissa set up the world and created a dystopian world. I have to say that I was actually shocked to find out she co-authored this book with her husband. Man oh man what a lucky team these two are. At first I was skeptical to read something from her because I started reading her other series and got side tracked and stopped so now that I am done with school I will start fresh from book one and read the series as well as the spin off.With Frozen I was c ...more
Ellie
Aug 22, 2013 Ellie rated it really liked it
 Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice
From what I've tasted of fire.
But if it had to persish twice,
I think I know ebough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
- Robert Frost "Fire and Ice"


In Frozen, part one of the Heart of Dread series, Natasha Kestal is a young black jack dealer in what is called New Vegas. As one of the "marked" she longs for a place where she can be at peace without worry that someone will discover her secret and be found dead o
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Caroline Holmes
May 24, 2013 Caroline Holmes rated it it was amazing
I got my hands an advance copy from a friend and fellow blogger. I am a romance reader primarily, but I do dabble in a little fantasy. FROZEN had a lot of both. I am not yet finished, so I may update my review, but the writers paint a lucid, vibrant picture of a future where technology has died and magic is seeping into the world. In this world, we find a girl who is herself infected with a new kind of magic, one that is calling her to a distant place, where the world is still whole and not yet ...more
Dylan
May 24, 2013 Dylan rated it it was amazing
I am a diehard MDLC fan. I loved Blue Bloods and I absolutely loved this book. I read it in ARC form and finished last night! It had all the romance of the Blue Bloods books, but the settings were new and fantastic. I read a lot of fantasy, but this one felt completely new completely different. Did I mention there is a DRAGON!! IS THAT A SPOILER? It's on the cover, so I guess not! The novel was truly engrossing, a well built, well executed world, that you fall into and never want to leave. Highl ...more
Bella
Well what can I say I LOVE Meliss De La Criz she is one of my favorite authors of all time and I have meet her so it makes it that much better. I know this book was coming out so when I was able to be on the tour with it I JUMPED for it!

Lets see where do I start, I have to start with this one was different, intense, other world like and just that GOOD! Whatever Melissa and Michael got going with this co-author thing I think they need to keep it up because this book NEVER EVER disappointed!

Ok
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Caroline Hartman
May 24, 2013 Caroline Hartman rated it it was amazing
I am a big fantasy reader, but I also scan a lot of Young Adult. This was is a crossover and a good one. It's premise reminded me of Terry Brooks. It's a bout a destroyed world that learns to reinvent itself through magic. There are small men, and there are sylphs, and there is dragon. It's fantasy, but its presented in a completely new and original way. Thumbs Up!!
Jessa Dawn
May 25, 2013 Jessa Dawn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
The worst thing about ARC's is that when they are part of a series you have to wait that much longer for the next book. Frozen is the fist book I've read where a dystopian future is combined with fantasy in a way that doesn't feel either forced or like an afterthought. Nat is a strong female lead who, unlike many of the heroines these days, doesn't start making idiotic choices based on a guy. I'm hoping this doesn't change in future books. Aside from the great characters, the world building in F ...more
Karissa
Sep 23, 2013 Karissa rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I got a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. To be honest I haven’t enjoyed De La Cruz’s more recent endeavors (I thought the last few Blue Bloods novels were awful and didn’t like her Witches of East End series that much either), so I was reluctant to read this book. Imagine my surprise when I absolutely loved it. The world is incredibly creative and imaginative, the characters likable and engaging, and the story absolutely gripping.

Nat is one of the M
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Emily Olivia
Jul 02, 2013 Emily Olivia rated it it was amazing
I was skeptical picking up this book, since I was never a big fan of de la Cruz's Blue Bloods series, but Frozen was SO worth the risk.
The story is your basic future-world-sucks scenario, this time with a frozen globe. Unlike most dystopian tales, though, Frozen isn't just badass heroines running around trying to save the world (let's be real, it's getting old). Nat is just trying to get where she's going, and she hires a gang of swoon-worthy mercenaries to take her there.
If you like:
-adventur
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Alexandra
Aug 26, 2013 Alexandra rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Enticing, alluring, and exciting are the best words to describe Frozen. Both De la Cruz and Johnston accomplished something wonderful in this book with both the characters and the plot.
Nat, the main character in this story showed a great development throughout the novel of coming into her own and realizing there is nothing wrong with being different. I admired that about her. With Wes, I would have like to have seen more of his development. It
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Kim
Aug 20, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Wow. I could stop right there... but I won't. This is a FANTASTIC read! I haven't yet read any of de la Cruz's other work, the author of the Blue Bloods series among others. I am not sure what I was waiting for?! This is co-authored by her husband, who has, unknown to the world, collaborated on previous works with his wife.

The world as we know it has ended, covering the Earth with ice and changing society right along with it. The world building in this book was amazing, almost but not quite unre
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Mar
This was a very interesting new take on a post apocalyptic society where magic has been reintroduced giving it the fantasy edge. The book really keeps you intrigued on what’s happening and the characters journey. This was an unexpected yet beautifully written read that had enough action and suspense to keep you reading and yet it still had a touch of romance that really adds to the story. The emotional rollercoaster was great and gives you great surprises.

The characters were well developed and
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Julie Salinas
Jul 21, 2013 Julie Salinas rated it it was amazing
The beginning of this story was familiar to me and I was afraid that I was going to be disappointed, but before the end of the first chapter I was Captain Wes hooked. Nat is in a prison but doesn't know who or what she is, just that she has a power she can't control, a voice whispering to her, and is used by nefarious people. Wes is the teen who took charge of a motley crew and is older than his years just trying to keep everyone warm and fed. Nat escapes the prison and the non-stop action kept ...more
Nelli Richards
Jun 20, 2013 Nelli Richards rated it it was amazing
I don't give fire stars all of the time, I try to reserve five for the books that I really love. Yes, I love quite a few books, but they really do need to be special. There is a lot to love about Frozen, good characters, a lot of humor, a fast moving plot, a big beautiful world. It's not perfect, its really cool—check it out if you can!
Brittany
Sep 02, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it
Very fast paced and exciting. What's not to like about a post-apocalyptic world where magic is seeping back in?

The story is about hundreds of years in the future, there were terrible disasters that led to the world now being covered with ice and snow. The life expectancy rate is extremely low, making for children to be taking full adult roles as early as 11 years old. For some unknown reason, after these disasters some people have started being born with "mage's marks" and have magical powers.
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Jen
Jun 09, 2013 Jen rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Frozen is actually a fantasy novel. The book starts out in a post-apocalyptic world, but as we progress through the story, we find ourselves in an increasingly fantasy environment: Drakons, small men, and sylphs. Frozen is a wildly original, surprising and new.
Paul
Jun 09, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing
The world is brilliant, the characterization striking, and the adventures suck you right in. I recommend this book highly.

For a more detailed review, check out my blog.
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Natasha 'Nat' Kestal is living in the city of sin, New Vegas, as a blackjack dealer. All she wants though is to find a way out and to the mythical land known as the Blue - which may or may not actually exist. In a world with nothing but pockets of land left, floating in a sea of toxic waters, the Blue is said to be a land of pure water, sunshine and perfect days. Nat has a secret though - she is marked, one of those that the government wants nothing more than to exterminate for their special ab ...more
Heather
*I received an arc copy from First Reads in order for an honest review*

"Wow. You're really speeding through that book." - my mom

This book at a bit of a slow start to be honest. It took me a while to really feel the intent of the story and form feelings for most of the characters, with the exception of Wes, who I fell in love with almost instantly. However, once I really got into the story I found it difficult to put down. I wanted to know what was going to happen with Nat, Wes & co.

I liked h
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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

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“This is why he never took these jobs anymore, Wes realized. It was too much-he couldn't save everybody-he couldn't even keep his solders alive, let alone in a line. Daran was lost, and while he was a jerk and a lowlife, he had still entrusted his life to Wes and Wes had failed him. He couldn't keep doing this, there were so many . . .and he was too young to watch so many kids die. Now he was being asked to save a few more . . . for what? So he could watch them starve?” 4 likes
“Nat didn't know what to make of Ryan Wesson-whether she wanted to slap him or kiss him. Slap him, definitely” 2 likes
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