Let it go!
It's probably best if you just let this book go. While parts of the story seemed promising (in advance) it's really just quite a mess. I'll try to explain it to some extend, but I'm not sure it's possible.
The world is frozen (Let it go!) for some reason and almost everything is gone except for Las Vegas, now called New Vegas (but basically exactly the same as the old Vegas). If you live to the ripe old age of 30 without having cancer, it's considered a medical miracle. Why?! This is mentioned once as an explanation as to why there are almost no adults in the entire book. But it's not enough for me. What causes all this cancer? Am I to believe it's because of the snow? Really?
It must also be the only place covered in snow with a drinking water problem...
There is one mythical land that apparently has sees that are not poisonous and lands that are not frozen (Let it go!) and possible even unicorns. It would fit in with the rest of the world as there are dragons, "smallmen", zombies called "Thrillers" *insert Michael Jackson* and lots of other creatures that aren't explained properly. The map to this land, called "The Blue", is a gemstone (how does that even work?) and came out of the blue *BA DUM TSS* into the possession of Nat, the MC. It gets worse, because the main character is Markes, which means she has weird or possibly just blue/grey (Ice!) eyes and a very confusing (and convenient) set of powers.
She enlists Wes and his cronies (a band of teenage mercenaries) to take her to this Blue. And this is where the annoying instalove comes in. The message of this book was that True Love (or True Instalove) is stronger than magic or whatever problem you may encounter. Do I need to say more?
I won't bother with the second book...
Frozen is the first book in the Heart of Dread series, the second instalment Stolen is also available.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!