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.
This book is written by one of my favourite authors and I was disappointed. I really hate that that’s true but it is. Everything was really rushed and the writing was hella cheesy. Also, you’d think that as a 16 year old myself I wouldn’t have a hard time connecting with the characters who were also 16. But nope, to me they were all bloody idiots. Also I get that their circumstances are different to mine but honestly they were acting like they were between the ages of 30 and 50 so it was hella unrealistic from the point.
But it did have good parts, don’t think that I hated this book. Cause I didn’t. I just didn’t love it either. The plot was awesome and for all of their flaws I did love the characters too. Especially Shakes, I don’t know why but I just did. I’m going to let you in on a secret. I started this book back in 2014 via audiobook and frankly this book is a hell of a lot better listened to than read. As we get both Nat and Wes’ points of view, the voice actor changes depending on whose POV the chapter is from and that really helped me get to know the characters.
The magic system was cool, what little we saw of it. There was nothing in depth about this series. It felt like everything was brushed over, so much so in fact that I am surprised that it made it to 300 pages never mind 362.
I don’t really know what else to write about so I guess I am gonna have to end this review super early. Overall 3/5 stars, wouldn’t highly recommend. Personally I would probably only read it if it was sat on your book shelves, like the next 2 are for me. I hope this series improves.