[ARC Review] Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Title: Black Ice
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary, Thriller
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Release Date: October 7th 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Source: ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…

I have loved Becca Fitzpatrick since I read the Hush Hush series, and I have been waiting for her to write something new and when I heard that she ventured into the contemporary thriller genre i knew i had to read it, and i am so glad I did because it was a wild ride.

Black Ice follows Britt, a young girl who is dealing with a bad breakup, a best friend who in my opinion is not the best, and trying to escape a twosome of men keeping her prisoner in the woods. I loved the concept of the book, and I loved that the book got to the point very quickly. There was no lull in the beginning with too much information dropping, and we I loved that we got to know the characters as the story went on. I loved that mystery the most.

I will say that I was not a fan of Britt's best friend. I found her character to be a bit superfluous and unneeded. Although she was great for certain scenes in the book, she never really made a difference as to how the book turned out. I felt like her character didn't mean anything to the overall story and I wish she had either been used more, or cut completely. And plus she was extremely annoying and very bossy, things I am not fond of in secondary characters.

The mystery element was great, and I loved how there were layers to it that kept growing as the story went on. I will admit that i figured out the main mystery quite quickly, and yet it did not ruin the book for me, i still really loved reading Britt's story and how she coped with everything that was happening to her. I will say that in the beginning I was skeptical of the romance between Britt and a certain somebody, but it grew on me as the story went on. I thought their personalities complimented each other well, and it felt real. Especially the end. I felt like the way this book ended made sense, although I would have liked more closure between Brit and her best friend. That part was left too open for me and i wish I got to see what happened there after everything that happened.

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  1. I didn't read your review since I'm reading this now, but I'm very torn on it ... I find Britt and Korbie SO annoying and I don't really like any other character in the book, but I will admit that the mystery is kind of intriguing. I have an inkling of what's going on, but I still have 100 pages left!

    Love your blog, by the way ... it's so pretty!