Frozen

Frozen

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As fearless as a futuristic "Game of Thrones." MARGARET STOHL, "New York Times" bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures trilogy From Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston, the "New York Times "bestselling authors of the Blue Bloods and Witches of East End series. 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 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. This is a remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic."show more

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  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 325 pages
  • 144.78 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 453.59g
  • Putnam Publishing Group
  • United States
  • English
  • 0399257543
  • 9780399257544
  • 309,554

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Praise for "FROZEN" From MARGARET STOHL, "New York Times" bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures trilogy: De la Cruz and Johnston s FROZEN is as fearless as a futuristic "Game of Thrones" for YA readers and equally addictive. This epic new take on classic sci-fi and fantasy is equal parts wild and wildly romantic. More dragons please! From ALYSON NOEL, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Immortals and Soul Seekers series: Like "Lord of the Rings" in reverse, with a dash of Ridley Scott's hard-boiled military fun, this swoon-worthy adventure is an original and thrilling escape that will break your heart and make it soar at the same time. From JAMES DASHNER, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Maze Runner: " FROZEN is the perfect mixture of everything I love in a book. It's hard to find the right words to describe how unique, and how fun, it was to read it. Humor, suspense, twists, and above all, originality. I was lost in the fascinating world of Nat and Wes. Highly recommended. FROM "SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL" Fans of The Hunger Games will no doubt enjoy sinking their teeth into this exciting book. FROM "KIRKUS REVIEWS" 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. FROM "BOOKLIST" Their imaginative vision of the Remaining States of America (RSA) includes polluted oceans that have swallowed entire coasts, ruthless mercenaries, rigid class systems and magic. A dashing young mercenary guides Nat on a journey filled with gangsters, unethical government officials, and danger from every possible source. (For) the writers' many fans or those hungry for yet another post-apocalyptic future. FROM SEVENTEEN.COM: The mix of adventure and fantasy will have you addicted! FROM "ROMANTIC TIMES" 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. FROM "NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS" 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. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- An essay from Melissa de la Cruz: "Our Shared Homeland is Arrakis " The cab driver in San Antonio looks us up and down. With a smirk, he drawls, "You Army?" to my husband. "That how you met?" I laugh, but inside I am furious at the Miss Saigon stereotype, that we had been mistaken for an American G.I. and his Asian bride. I write novels for teenagers, and we are in town for a library convention. "No," my husband, a bookish architect, answers. "We met in New York." Truly, we never thought of ourselves as a "mixed race" couple. There were so many couples of similar diversity within our social circle that we had long ago stopped thinking of ourselves as different from each other. We both attended Columbia (he for graduate school, I as an undergraduate), we both thought the perfect Thursday evening was one spent at the "free admission" night at the Met or the Guggenheim, and most importantly, we both loved science fiction and fantasy novels. As a teenager I devoured all six original "Dune" novels by Frank Herbert, a triumph even among science fiction aficionados, as the books get progressively dense and obscure after the first one. Mike had done the same, and did me one better: he had written a fan letter to the author. He had even received a reply from Random House. It read, "Your author is A) no longer at this publishing house B) unable to return fan mail C) deceased." "Deceased" was circled as Herbert had passed away in 1986, several years before Mike had written him. Whatever differences we had seemed exotic and only made us more interesting to the other. Mike was from a blue-collar family from Kirtland, Ohio, a rural suburb of Cleveland, where his parents sent all four boys through the local public schools and rarely went on vacation. I had grown up in Manila, where my family had lived luxuriously, with a houseful of servants, chauffeurs and three-month-long European holidays. While my teenage years as an immigrant in San Francisco were distinctly more humble, I clung to the memories of my rarified childhood. Mike grew up in a house that never locked its doors. I grew up in a house surrounded by armed guards and barbed wire. Weekends meant helping his dad around the house, whereas I only saw my dad on Sundays before his tennis game. His parents never went out to dinner as his mother cooked every meal. My parents owned several restaurants and even at home, had a private chef. His mother made pies from scratch. My mother taught me to plan catering menus. It didn't seem like it would be a problem when we met. After all, we agreed on all the" important "things--that Robert Heinlen's "Starship Troopers" was a work of genius, that Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" was the best series ever written, that Piers Anthony's "Xanth" novels went deeper than their shallow light-heartedness. We were fond of both the "Stars Trek" and "Wars." The only point of contention concerned Tolkien's trilogy. I was a staunch resident of Middle-Earth while Mike preferred the "Dragonlance" series, a cheap knockoff in my opinion. Then, we moved to Los Angeles, bought a house, had a baby, and we no longer agreed on "anything." I planned to hire a nanny since my mother had done the same. Mike thought it was scandalous and indulgent as no one in his family had ever hired a caretaker for their children. I was adamant about stretching our housing budget to the limit, as my dad the former financier had taught me the most important part of one's financial arsenal was a solid credit line. "There's no such thing as cash, only leverage." But Mike's parents didn't use credit cards and the thought of carrying such a heavy mortgage caused him many sleepless nights. I reveled in hosting massive parties. Mike preferred a quiet house. I liked to spend; he needed to save. Our differences, once so innocuous, became a wedge between us. My parents and sister's family had moved to Los Angeles, and as a dutiful Filipino daughter, I assumed we would spend every weekend with my family. Mike felt claustrophobic at the idea and spent Saturdays sitting sullenly in my parents' living room, his annoyance obvious to everyone but me. We hired my father to sell our apartment. We fired my father after he failed to sell it. Then we hired him again after our new real-estate broker tried to talk us into a fraudulent sale wherein the buyer would fix the price in order to scam money from the lender, and give us a kickback. My father finally sold the apartment, but not before feeling wounded at our disloyalty. It was bruising to realize how truly different we were--in outlook, background, and philosophy. We landed on a therapist's couch two years ago after more than a decade's worth of bickering and resentment. We were convinced we had nothing in common other than our love for our child. Was there anything left to our relationship? There had been so many fights and insults hurled over the years that we could not remember what had drawn us to each other in the first place. We were strangers to each other, firmly entrenched in our separate camps, in the worlds that defined us before we had moved to New York to shed these very identities in the first place. Therapy helped but it was through writing our fantasy novel that we found our common ground once more. It was a surprise to discover it was easy to talk to each other again, as we adopted a shorthand lingo crafted from our shared knowledge of classic science-fiction and fantasy: "That's sort of Bene Gesserit, isn't it? Maybe our wizard should be more like an Aes Sedai?" or "She's less like a Daenerys and more like an Irulan." or "So it's like the spice melange, except it "doesn't "fold time and space." We could crack each other up by just uttering the word "KHAN!" at any given moment. From there, we began to agree on other things--that maybe it was okay if we didn't visit my family every weekend, and that it was probably a good idea to put aside some money for retirement. That we were lucky to find such a loving caregiver for our daughter, whose employment in our household allowed us both to work. Some things never change though. He's still trying to get me to read those Dragonlance books. Maybe I should. He might have a point. " From The Huffington Post""show more

About Melissa de La Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the "New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly "internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels. Her Blue Bloods series has sold over three million copies and the Witches of East End seriesbecame an hour-long television drama on the Lifetime network. Michael Johnston is Melissa s husband and heretofore silent partner. He is co-creator of the Blue Bloods and Witches of East End series. Melissa and Michael live with their daughter in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California."show more

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Praise for FROZEN :§§From MARGARET STOHL, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures trilogy:§"De la Cruz and Johnston's FROZEN is as fearless as a futuristic Game of Thrones for YA readers - and equally addictive. This epic new take on classic sci-fi and fantasy is equal parts wild and wildly romantic. More dragons please!"§§§From ALYSON NOEL, New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals and Soul Seekers series:§"Like Lord of the Rings in reverse, with a dash of Ridley Scott's hard-boiled military fun, this swoon-worthy adventure is an original and thrilling escape that will break your heart and make it soar at the same time."§§§From JAMES DASHNER, New York Times bestselling author of Maze Runner: §"FROZEN is the perfect mixture of everything I love in a book. It's hard to find the right words to describe how unique, and how fun, it was to read it. Humor, suspense, twists, and above all, originality. I was lost in the fascinating world of Nat and Wes. Highly recommended."§§§FROM SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL :§"Fans of The Hunger Games will no doubt enjoy sinking their teeth into this exciting book."§§§FROM KIRKUS REVIEWS :§"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."§§§FROM BOOKLIST :§"Their imaginative vision of the Remaining States of America (RSA) includes polluted oceans that have swallowed entire coasts, ruthless mercenaries, rigid class systems and magic. A dashing young mercenary guides Nat on a journey filled with gangsters, unethical government officials, and danger from every possible source. (For) the writers' many fans or those hungry for yet another post-apocalyptic future."§§§FROM SEVENTEEN.COM:§"The mix of adventure and fantasy will have you addicted!"§§§FROM ROMANTIC TIMES : §"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."§§§FROM NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS :§"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."§§---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------§§An essay from Melissa de la Cruz: §§ Our Shared Homeland is Arrakis §The cab driver in San Antonio looks us up and down. With a smirk, he drawls, "You Army?" to my husband. "That how you met?"§§I laugh, but inside I am furious at the Miss Saigon stereotype, that we had been mistaken for an American G.I. and his Asian bride. I write novels for teenagers, and we are in town for a library convention. "No," my husband, a bookish architect, answers. "We met in New York."§§Truly, we never thought of ourselves as a "mixed race" couple. There were so many couples of similar diversity within our social circle that we had long ago stopped thinking of ourselves as different from each other. We both attended Columbia (he for graduate school, I as an undergraduate), we both thought the perfect Thursday evening was one spent at the "free admission" night at the Met or the Guggenheim, and most importantly, we both loved science fiction and fantasy novels.§§As a teenager I devoured all six original "Dune" novels by Frank Herbert, a triumph even among science fiction aficionados, as the books get progressively dense and obscure after the first one. Mike had done the same, and did me one better: he had written a fan letter to the author. He had even received a reply from Random House. It read, "Your author is A) no longer at this publishing house B) unable to return fan mail C) deceased.""Deceased" was circled as Herbert had passed away in 1986, several years before Mike had wrishow more

Our customer reviews

I received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review I did not like this book, I had a hard time connecting to the characters and most of all the story just didn't capture me like I thought it would. I didn't like the writing style, I didn't enjoy the story, the setting, the characters or anything. I enjoyed the "romance" between Wes and Nat a bit but that's about it. I think the premise of the book sounds interesting but like most books these days the story didn't live up to it. I did not know much about this book going into it, I'd heard a bunch of stuff about it when it first came out but since then not so much, I also just picked this book up on a whim and I don't really know why. Long story short, I probably shouldn't have. I think I'll just cut this short and end here, you've probably already noticed that I basically haven't said anything remotely good about this book and that I won't have any to say in that category. This book is not a book I will recommend to that many people - if I'll even recommend it at all. But I guess it's an okay book to start with to get in to fantasy.show more
by AmandaEmma
Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston had such an interesting premise that I couldn't wait to read it. A frozen planet is a type of disaster I hadn't read about before; throw in the possibility of dragons showing up and I'm totally there. Unfortunately there was a bit of smashing of fantasy and dystopia instead of elegant interweaving in my opinion. I'm still excited about the next in the Heart of Dread series, since it seems to promise a much more integrated fantasy element, mwahahaha. Note: I received an ARC of Frozen from my friend. There might be some changes in the final version. Strengths: The earth has gone back to a snowball, plus the beginning of the book starts in a basically lawless New Vegas, so cool (pun totally intended, hehe). These were both pretty awesome ideas to explore. Very soon into Frozen, Natasha's voice in her head start speaking and hinting at the interesting things to come. I was quite a fan of this mysteriously deep voice that seems to be able to affect the world around Natasha as well as freak her out, haha. The romantic tension between Natasha and Wes was funny to read about, but there were a couple of romances among the secondary characters that were even cuter. There is even a homosexual couple, gasp! Weaknesses: The biggest problem I had with Frozen was the fantasy element. There is a really cool dystopian plot with the frozen Earth and struggling government, but then all of a sudden zombies, dragons, elves, dwarves and who knows what else get thrown in. It seemed forced and unexplained. I'm hoping this gets fixed in the next book. Sadly, very little time is spent actually in Vegas and so we don't get more than a peek at the dystopian government and how humans are struggling to live in this new world. Again, there is lots of room to fix this in the rest of the series, keep your fingers crossed! Does anyone actually become instantly attracted to a person and then fall in love? Sure perhaps my interest was peaked when I first met my to-be boyfriend, but it's annoying when the future romance is so obvious, even if it isn't quite insta-love.... Summary: While Frozen by Cruz and Johnston had a lot of potential, it didn't quite live up to it for me. I enjoyed Frozen, and will be watching for the next in Heart of Dread (gotta figure out where that series title comes from!), but I wasn't as happy reading it as I had hoped. If disparate fantasy and dystopian elements are okay with you, then certainly check out Frozen, but prepared to be a bit discombobulated at times ;-).show more
by Anya
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 unrecognizable from our own. Most of the book takes place in New Vegas, the post-apocalyptic Las Vegas. California and New York have been wiped off the map, as has much of the RSA... the Remaining States of America. Everything has changed, from society to agriculture to the military to everyday life. Along with all the changes are the emergence of new forms of humanoid life. And we all know that human beings do not always react well to that which is different. This book was thoroughly engrossing, from being drawn into the world and drawn to the characters. Nat is mysterious, but strong, brave, and intelligent. Wes is tough, loyal, and smart... the perfect foil for Nat. Each of the members of Wes' team, although generally supporting characters, had a story of their own and illicited feeling, whether affectionate or not. It was hard sometimes to remember that this is a YA novel. For example, Wes is only 16 and already a veteran of the army and a man responsible for his team, some of whom are as young as 13 or 14. One of his enemies is only 19, but there is a mental image of a man much younger than that. They are all cast into adult roles far earlier than they would be in our own society, with the new world having a much shorter life span than our own. It is in those moments that you are reminded of their ages that the stark reality of the world of Frozen is really driven home. The world in this book is reflective our own, a world that has been smashed, abused, and changed by the government, the military, religion, humanity, and science to create a new world and society, with ambivalent results. There are messages in this book. Messages on the state and values of society, on the capacity for human cruelty in the face of adversity, and messages, too, on the capacity for kindness in the face of adversity. There was a part that I loved, one that clearly delineated the difference between our society and that of the post-apocalyptic Frozen world: "While they ate, Nat told them that back before the floods, fat was a sign of poverty, and the rich flashed their status by going on extreme diets - juice "cleanses" and spa vacations where they paid for the privilege of not eating. None of them believed her." Things to love about Frozen... The characters. Whether you loved them, hated them, felt sorry for them, or were annoyed by them, they were each fascinating people with their own histories and stories. The world. There isn't much to love about this world in reality, but it was so well written that you lived there, too, and were a part of the story. Things I wanted more of... Shakes. I loved him, his loyalty, his courage. The Slaine brothers. They seemed so different from each other and I wanted to know more about them. My recommendation: A fantastic read that you should plan for... you will need a block of time because you won't be able to put it down!show more
by Kim
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