Friday, 31 October 2014

DNF Review: Frozen (No, not that Frozen)

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Publication Date: October 2nd 2014                  
Publisher: Orchard Books   
~A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review~
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 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

I've learned my lesson, me and Melissa de la Cruz books to not go well together. I read two of the Blue Bloods series when I was in my Vampire faze of reading, and even then I skimmed most of them because ugh.
Frozen was a hot mess, which is pretty ironic. It's not even a good hot mess where yes, most of it's all over the place but ends up with it tying all together nicely and everything had its place. This isn't that book. Frozen was a bad hot mess- and that was just the first half- I didn't even make it to the end. Which is probably really unfair of me, but you know.

You can probably tell I didn't like Frozen, and everything you've heard about it? Lack of world-building, and contradicting the world-building that was there, some ridiculous little things that were pretty stupid, flat characters and some inconsistencies? Right on.

I can bypass world building sometimes, depending on how I like everything else, but the thing with Frozen is there's nothing to distract you. There's nothing behind the characters, no connection, no spark, dull and where were they when personalities were being dished out? Now, the fun part! The ridiculousness, meaning, meat, real meat is so freaking rare and costs a ton yet you see it more than you would think. Then there's Salts basically costs the earth, and Water, pure Water costs too much so people drink a supplement and yet, one of our main leads, Nat, saves up enough money each week to get just a glass full. Don't know about you, but I'd rather save up for that steak- though I don't eat red meat, not that that matters. But seriously, I hate tap water as much as the next person, I pay a £1 for 5litres that lasts me two days, but if that cost me £10 a bottle? I'd drink tap thanks and spend that money on something else.
Let's not forget the STD checks, health checks, application forms to get a pass to have sex with someone? Oh-kay then.

Alright, rant over. Goodbye.