Thursday, August 7, 2014

Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1)Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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No spoilers and colorful language abound! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Alright. I finished this two days ago and I've already forgotten all the character names, most of the timeline of the plot and any/all details. I'm pretty sure that's the most accurate review I can write about this book, my brain literally erased it. I want to move on with my life and forget it ever happened, but alas I must try to remember. I didn't dislike it enough that I feel compelled to have a cathartic vent-a-thon, but it wasn't a good enough to write a cohesive review. Frozen is in desperate need of top-to-bottom-red-pen-happy-editing-bonanza, it's like reading a first draft of a manuscript, rough times my friends.

It has a singular redeeming quality, which is the overall premise. It's pretty badass in theory; humans poisoned the earth, the oceans are toxic, everything is frozen, food is scarce, fresh water is a luxury few can afford, sea salt is like gold and the life expectancy is cut very short by the overwhelming cancer rates. In the destruction of our planet, magic has risen and more and more children are being born with the mark giving them some sort of ability. It shows not only in their eyes, but also by a unique branding (think MLP cutie mark lulz). There is also these people called "smallmen", and something else I've forgotten, and also there is this disease that turns the magic folk into zombies. As you'd imagine, these people are persecuted, feared and enslaved, so they do their best to blend in, and here we have our MC whose name I can't recall. Society is corrupt, slavers are a real thing and everyone hates life for obvious reasons, and then things happen. The ending was sort of cool, but not enough for me to give a flying crap about the rest of this series.

I've spent enough of my life reading and now reviewing this book, so peace out.

Oh, why two stars instead of one? It's not awful, it's just generic and boring and blah. I didn't hate it, really didn't, I just won't remember anything about it that isn't in this review.

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