I admit, I was nervous about reading this one because a) lots of bloggers I know didn’t like it, and b) I didn’t want Let It Go stuck in my head forever. Bad news: I did get Let It Go stuck in my head.
I CAN’T HOLD IT BACK ANYMOOOOOOORE. You better get it stuck in your head too is all I can say.
Thank you Hachette on NetGalley for the eARC! Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston hit shelves on September 17th, 2014.
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 began this book basically flailing with excitement! It was perfection. And then….and then…how about NO. I’m still absolutely torn because I love what it set out to be, just not what it ended up with. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO REVIEW THIS?!
Obviously with a list.
And also obviously, considering the title, with Frozen gifs.
1. The entire premise is fabulous.
A completely iced over dystopian world with magic and supernatural powers?!
Give it to me NOW. I’m such a fan of dystopian, and (I won’t lie) I do like a good dash of people blasting each other with telekinesis or fire balls or something. The combination of dystopian AND magical powers was nearly too much…but it was unique. I like it.
2. The writing is crispy and delicious.
I’m a busy person. I don’t enjoy hours of description and bothersome details. Pfft. Details? Who needs ’em? Don’t answer. Frozen used the basics of description, but that was it. NO FLUFF.
3. Wes and Nat are mildly adorable together…and separately.
They take turns narrating (in 3rd person, which is not usually my favourite, but I really liked here). Although I do think Wes was portrayed really cockily in Nat’s POV…but in his? Not so much. He almost seemed withdrawn and shy. So when Nat talked about him before she knew his name, I actually didn’t know it was Wes. My bad.
They’re both strong characters and a little funny and ginormously endearing. Although…their romance seemed a bit awkward in places. But they’re only kids so I’ll forgive them. I’m totally lenient like that, aren’t I?
1. Back to Nat and Wes…they’re kind of…um, young. A little TOO young?
They’re 16. Wes is ex-army. EX-ARMY. How the heck has he had time to be militarily trained and then served and then quit and then become a mercenary and then get connections to do dirty jobs AS WELL AS being able to sail a ship and know how to navigate the treacherous frozen ocean??? Dude. You need a holiday. Plus the book never mentioned the army was built on child soldiers, so…how has Wes done all this?
They seemed like old souls. I honestly think they should’ve been older. Even, they needed to be older. They sure acted it.
2. Icy plot holes. Icy holes everywhere.
The world building wasn’t ever fully explained. Sure we have a frozen world, but why? And how? Is it magical? The civilians apparently all have guns…where are they getting guns from? Is there a government? You have to have a license for everything, but how is this being controlled? With an army made up of 16 year olds??? I HAVE QUESTIONS AND NO ANSWERS AND THIS IS UN-OKAY.
There’s all this law and rules but…no one to enforce it? And the world is rife with pirates and mercenaries and slave traders….but but but what about all the rules and laws? If you have to have a license to even have a one-night-stand, where are the slavers even selling their human cargo?!
Okay. I’m done. But that’s just the tip of my iceberg. Ha, get it?! Iceberg?! Frozen…iceberg…okay I’ll stop.
Maybe I’m missing something! Maybe I read it wrong! But at the beginning, Wes has a team of soldiers who he leads on their mercenary smuggling trips. Wes says these boys are like his family, his brothers.
Wes nodded. Daran would follow orders like a soldier. Wes had taken the brothers on his team when no one else would — he’d heard of their reputation as burnouts but he thought he could rehabilitate them into better stuff — and so far, as surly as they were, they hadn’t failed him. (19% into kindle ebook)
Later, Wes says this:
[Wes talking about Daran] “I could toss them overboard now, but they’re the only crew I’ve got,” he said.
He has absolutely zero love for his crew…apparently. And later [highlight to read spoiler] when one of them falls into the water, no one even cares remotely that the dude is begin eaten and drowning to death. It’s a shrug moment! I’m not even kidding!! [end of spoiler] I was more than a little frustrated that facts didn’t match up.
4. When you’re starving to death, don’t you think you’d have trouble functioning?!!
I was continually told they were starving. BUT the only side affect of that was Nat begin dizzy once. Hello. Hunger does more than that. They were literally eating their clothes. I’m not sure about you, but I nearly die if I don’t have breakfast. Blood-sugar drops and all that. This is a dystopian society, and health would have declined further in the future. THEY JUST DIDN’T ACT HUNGRY ENOUGH.
5. They seriously called it Frozen?! WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT?
The Disney movie, Frozen, took the world by blizzard (har, har) and nearly everyone either a) heard of it or b) knows all the words to every song and can sing both bart simultaneously. Probably not a good book title anymore because the title “Frozen” is so deeply connected to a Disney movie.
6. All the cool factors (like supernatural powers and mythical magic creatures) all were kind of lost in favour of a sea voyage. WHAT?!
With an amazing beginning and only the best premise eveeeeer, Frozen kind of flopped at the end. It conglomerated (seriously cool word that) too much awesome when maybe focusing on one or two awesome things would’ve been better? I started with huge flails and ended doing what frozen things do in summer.
Cait is one of those people who know, um, like all the words to EVERY SONG IN FROZEN. Except the He’s A Bit of a Fixer-Upper. Honestly, what are those stone trolls even saying?! Does anyone know? But Cait has a 3yrs nephew who’s obsessed with the movie so honestly HE’S to blame for her knowing it so well. Of course. Obviously. Don’t question that.