Stolen by Melissa De la Cruz

Heart of Dread Book 2


Who is Eliza Wesson?

Months after Nat and Wes said good-bye on the shores of the Blue, Nat is learning how to control and use her new power. She and her drakon are the last of their kind—and she’s risked her life for their reunion. When she receives a mysterious distress call, she races to help, soliciting the guidance of her new friend, the beautiful and aloof Faix Lazaved of the Blue.

Still heartbroken over losing Nat, Wes is racing cars on a New Vegas racetrack while his team is scattered and lost. When he finds out that his sister, Eliza, is being held in the golden domes of El Dorado, he does what he’s best at—running to her side—and gambles on luck to see him through one more time.

Nat and Wes become entangled in a dark new adventure that leads right to the heart of the mystery of their frozen, broken world. They soon discover that the answer to both their quests lies in the same question: Who is Eliza Wesson—what is she capable of, and why was she stolen from her family so long ago?


The second novel in the dystopian HEART OF DREAD series sees us return to this ‘broken’ fantasy world.  Wes and Nat are bound to meet up again as Wes runs to save his sister, who was stolen from their family long ago.  With magic, danger, and romance on the horizon, this dark adventure has already found a solid fanbase–so give it a read!

Bold, warm colors lend the cover a rich tone.  The city appears alive and vibrant, not what one expects from a dystopian world–but centerpiece harkens to fantasy all the way: a deep red stone pendant, clutched by golden bird claws attached to a gold chain and with a swirl of metallic magic.

YA Author Melissa de la Cruz is most well-known for her The Au Pairs series and the Blue Bloods series–the latter which she co-created with her husband, Michael Johnston, along with the Witches of East End Series.  Melissa and Michael live with their daughter in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California. Find Melissa online at!

Melissa de la Cruz Talks THE RING AND THE CROWN


Readers are plunged right in the middle of the action from the first page… and this one is chock-full of fantasy-novel–esque character and place names… A sputtering start leads to an action-packed adventure for patient fans.  (Kirkus Reviews)

The concept of overlapping worlds on one planet will intrigue readers and raise philosophical questions about the nature of reality. The cliff-hanger ending assures readers that a finale is in the works. (Booklist)


YA Dystopian – Heart of Dread Book 2

Hardcover & ebook, 336 pages

Published on November 18th 2014 by Putnam Juvenile (ISBN 0399257551)