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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, 2013.
ISBN: 9780399257544
Characteristics: 325 p. --


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May 16, 2018

Read in Laughlin. Teen book

Apr 29, 2018

When I read the comment, I'm thinking the book kinda reminds me of a Walt Disney movie called Frozen. :) :) :) :) :)

Jul 30, 2016

The first thing I am going to say, is that this book had so much potential. The author could have done so much with this idea, and I think maybe she might have realized that herself and wrote the book to hastily, scrambling the plot, or lack thereof, everywhere. Each page fills you with a million questions that go unanswered throughout the book. The book often contradicts itself, and the grammar and spelling are slightly horrifying. In one instance, Wes, one of the main characters in the book, says that he cannot read. Soon after, though, he reads the cover of a book to Nat. Also, apparently written language does not exist, and the people use something called TEXTLISH, or another called XCLNT <3 LULZ. Oh, but apparently Korean language still exists, even though no one can read. The earth is in an unexplained frozen state, and scientists don’t exist! And neither apparently, do books, even though Nat had been reading one. One part of the book tells us about bacon flavoured fruit, that is used to insulate jackets. I did, however enjoy parts of the book and I did continue to read it in the hopes of having some of my questions answered, but they never were. I would still recommend this book to someone though, because it only takes maybe an hour to read and it is still an alright story. If you can get past the bad grammar, plot holes, and confusion, that is. 
- @Alicat15 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

May 27, 2016

I didn't expect to get swept up in this book, but ended up reading the entire thing in one sitting. It was perfectly paced and I enjoyed Nat's dry humor. Best of all was the blend of dystopian and fantasy. I love both genres and having them together made this book unique. I will definitely read the sequel.

echo3abc Jul 13, 2014

I started out enjoying the book a lot. The action was suspenseful, the story and characters unique, and the romance was great. It was a fun read. But then the last few chapters seemed thrown together. And I just didn't enjoy the ending enough to want to read any sequels. I gave it an above average rating because for the most part is was a great story.

Jul 10, 2014

i realy ajoyed reading the book so march that i read it six times it was fun

Jun 16, 2014

I've always been a huge fan of all of Melissa De la Cruz' novels and this one did not disappoint. It had adventure, magic, dragons, and a nice dash of romance. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series!

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
In the Remaining States of America, a young blackjack dealer with mysterious powers is looking for a way out of New Vegas.
- Andrea Lipinski

Dec 06, 2013


First, it's Nat, not Cass.

And second, this book is now for sale at costco, just in case any of you want to buy it.

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Oct 16, 2017

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"They were coming for her. Their footsteps echoed in the concrete hallway. In a way the sound was a relief. For days upon days she had been left in total silence, alone, with little food or water."

a great beginning to FROZEN a novel by Melissa De La Cruz


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