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Frozen: Heart of Dread, Book One Hardcover – September 17, 2013
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Her books for adults include the novel Cat's Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas, and the Witches of East End 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.
Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).
She lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her husband and daughter.
Top Customer Reviews
I'll admit that the world building left me scratching my head at times, but that could largely be due to there being so much going on at once. You have a post-apocalyptic setting, with a dystopian government in power, along with magically marked people reminiscent of the fae, and a mythical world that is supposed to border alongside ours. Don't get me wrong, all of these elements definitely kept things interesting, but I still felt like things weren't fully developed to their potential. The entire time I was reading, I just wanted to know more about the story, but answers were very slow coming, and many things weren't revealed at all. Granted this is a series and you want some mystery there, but I really think a little more depth spent on some things would have gone a long way.
I really really wanted to get into the romance in FROZEN, but no matter how hard I tried it just wasn't working. Everything between Nat and Wes felt rather stilted and I just couldn't get swooped up into their interactions.Read more ›
The authors do a fantastic job of pulling the reader in with the opening pages of the voice inside Nat's mind. Their world building skills paint a vivid picture of a dying ice-covered Earth filled with polluted oceans that have swallowed continents whole and boast piles of trash as big as icebergs. Dangerous slavers and pirates roam the seas preying on pilgrims trying to reach the Blue. Everything has a price and the authors throw one riveting heart-pounding scene after another in this fast-paced adventure. The connection between Wes and Nat adds a touch of romance to the story, but doesn't overshadow the action. The major story arc is resolved, but there is much more story to tell. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book!
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The book started with a Vegas card dealer, Nat. She is looking to escape this world frozen under ice to a mystical utopia called The Blue. Her world is filled with starvation, cold, fear and death. She hides her true identity, she is one of the marked. The marked have special abilities, and are taken out of society and used or killed. The propaganda of the government has humans fearing them. One day a beautiful boy steps up to her table and tries to con her but ends up changing her life.
Wes is an ex military, survivalist, con man and hired gun. He has a crew of men he is trying to keep alive. The dealer at the casino, saw his con and ended up coning him. He is intrigued when she wants to hire his crew to The Blue. This girl attracts him, there is something about her. She is money which is survival, he take the job.
The world is frozen, the greenery is gone, life is held in sealed pockets for the wealthy to enjoy. Pirates, Smugglers, Slavers, and Flesh sellers run the outskirts. The inner cities are run by a totalitarian militant government. The Seas are black poisons, with floating islands or trash. Food and clean water are rare.
The journey is dangerous, deadly and bleak. The crew faces death and themselves.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
***I received this book as a gift
Nat is a hot mess. She’s haunted by her past, ballzy, confident, and has a flirty, somewhat arrogant air that will... Read more
My granddaughter enjoyed the books, but I was disappointed in the condition they arrived in. Bent and smashed corners.Published 6 months ago by ReVae Colatorti
Frozen, the amazing novel that mixed dystopian aspects with military tyranny, and the magical world. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Reese's
I enjoyed this book a lot. However, there were times where some of it felt too simplistic or brushed over. I really liked the story line and the majority of the characters too. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stephanie @ Reading is Better With Cupcakes
this book was a little slow in the beginning, but once the plot picked up i couldn't put it down! the series of events was full of twists and turns, and the way the author kept... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jo Eby
Forbidden love stories are my favorite. I would recommend this book to others. I'm excited to read the next book.Published 8 months ago by laurelle quintero
The idea is interesting, but the writers must be inexperienced. Sometimes the words just don't flow and it's filled with YA cliches. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ellie Carlin
When I first picked this book up, I went into it knowing it had gotten a lot of bad reviews – Not all bad, but mostly bad. I’m a huge Melissa de la Cruz fan, though. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Meredith @ Pandora's Books