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Blurb (from Goodreads):
From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.
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.
My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley.)
I thought this book sounded really good, but unfortunately it was a big disappointment.
Nat was an okay character, but she didn’t seem all that bright. I didn’t get why she thought she could hand out casino chips randomly (she was a blackjack dealer), and she also didn’t seem to consider that having stolen casino chips in her locked could get her into big trouble!
The storyline in this just didn’t grab me, and the book this book most reminded me of was ‘Under the Never Sky’ (and I didn’t like that either). I got really bored, I didn’t care what was going on or what would happen to the characters, and even the action made me roll my eyes.
The ending was a relief, because by that point I had no idea what was going on, it was literally bypassing my brain I was so bored.
4.5 out of 10