Frozen review by alphatauri
Frozen: Heart of Dread, Book One
by Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston
Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Adventure

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Age at time of review - 14
Reviewer's Location - Great Neck, NY, United States
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Imagine a world that stays only one temperature--freezing. Imagine cities full of ice, full of temptations like casinos and party grounds. Natasha Kestal knows this world well, but she wants out. The young blackjack dealer hires a suspicious but seductive mercenary named Ryan Wesson to help her gain passage to "the Blue", a so-called mythical paradise. As they journey across the sea, they are forced to confront the treacherous powers that threaten them. But the true danger may came from within: Nat holds a terrifying secret, one that may cause the doom of them all as she and Wes are drawn to each other. 


Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Bloods series didn't impress me very much, so reading Frozen was a delightful surprise. The action in this book starts from page one and never lets you go. There are sea battles, magic battles, and shocking betrayals, just to name a few. There's also a fantastic element of mystery as we slowly learn more about the characters. Their secrets are brought to light one at a time and it was extremely fun to predict what would happen next. Most of the characters are very likable. I particularly liked Nat as she was one of the few female characters and was a tough role model. The one complaint I would have is the speed at which the romance happens. I felt it was a bit contrived, but could see why it happened. Overall, I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys a story with romance, magic, dystopia, sea quests, and of course--dragons! 

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Content rating - some mature content

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A small amount of violence.




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