Heart of Dread 1. Frozen

Heart of Dread 1. Frozen

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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 that has been compared to Game of Thrones.

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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Product details

  • 12+
  • Paperback | 325 pages
  • 139 x 208 x 27mm | 337g
  • G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
  • English
  • 0399166629
  • 9780399166624
  • 945,564

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Praise for Heart of Dread Book 1: Frozen :

"The mix of adventure and fantasy will have you addicted!"- Seventeen.com

"A one-sitting read. The world-building in Frozen is absolutely addictive. You'll really feel like you're traveling through this frozen, post-apocalyptic country (with) the setting, the realistic characters and the fast pace."- Romantic Times
"The well-paced action is taut, the characters diverse and finely drawn. And while this is a multiple book series, the ending of this first story is fully satisfying and doesn't leave the reader dangling until the sequel comes out."- New York Journal of Books

"Fans of The Hunger Games will no doubt enjoy sinking their teeth into this exciting book."
- School Library Journal

"De la Cruz and Johnston score a hit. The action soon accelerates and readers will find themselves completely immersed in the authors' dangerous world. Lots of fun."
- Kirkus Reviews
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Praise for Heart of Dread Book 1: Frozen:

“The mix of adventure and fantasy will have you addicted!”—Seventeen.com

“A one-sitting read. The world-building in Frozen is absolutely addictive. You'll really feel like you're traveling through this frozen, post-apocalyptic country (with) the setting, the realistic characters and the fast pace.”—Romantic Times
“The well-paced action is taut, the characters diverse and finely drawn. And while this is a multiple book series, the ending of this first story is fully satisfying and doesn't leave the reader dangling until the sequel comes out.”—New York Journal of Books

“Fans of The Hunger Games will no doubt enjoy sinking their teeth into this exciting book.”
—School Library Journal

“De la Cruz and Johnston score a hit. The action soon accelerates and readers will find themselves completely immersed in the authors’ dangerous world. Lots of fun.”
—Kirkus Reviews
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About Melissa de La Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, and the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series.She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney's, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.
Michael Johnston, Melissa de la Cruz's husband and heretofore "silent partner," is co-creator of the Blue Bloods and Witches of East End series, and the co-author of the Wolf Pact series. 
 

Melissa and Michael collaborate in every capacity in crafting their books, from plot outlines to character sketches and dialogue, from first draft to final polish. They have a daughter and live in Los Angeles and Palm Springs.  
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8,486 ratings
3.57 out of 5 stars
5 26% (2,172)
4 30% (2,577)
3 26% (2,231)
2 12% (1,009)
1 6% (497)
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