Monday, 15 September 2014

{Review} Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Finished Date: July 7th, 2014
Publishers: Simon & Schuster  
Genre: YA Thriller 
Source: For Review
Format: ARC
Pages: 400
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…

The Review: Upon hearing Becca Fitzpatrick’s was releasing a new book titled Black Ice I was absolutely ecstatic. I adore her Hush, Hush series so getting more of her work was fantastic and I simply couldn’t wait. Now I read Black Ice a good month ago and I have to say while I enjoyed it at the time, I’m disappointed that it’s not a story that really left an impression on me, and here’s why.

Britt Pfeiffer has been training to do one final backpack to Trenton Range with her best friend Korbie before she heads off to college. What Britt doesn’t expect is for her ex-boyfriend who is her best-friends brother, to want to join the adventure too. But no sooner than Britt sets out for the journey, a blizzard forces her and her friend to seek shelter in the only cabin they can find in the freak weather. However, the cabin is occupied by two guys, but something’s not right and Britt suddenly finds herself being taken hostage and being forced to help the guys off the mountain in exchange for her life. As she helps, Britt finds evidence of a murder which suddenly puts her life in even more danger. Can Britt save herself but more importantly, can she stop her sudden feelings for one of her captors when he could possibly be the killer himself?

Black Ice was and I’ll put it simply, an okay read. It didn’t think it had the same appeal as the Hush, Hush series nor did it have the same spark, but it was worth a read if you’re a fan of the author. I enjoyed the idea of the story, I enjoyed how the story develops and I appreciate the effort the author has put into the story but for me, everything was so long winded and slow that it stop me from enjoying the story to its fullest potential. As a YA Thriller, and admittedly I haven’t read many this was definitely the weaker story I’ve read. As mentioned the story seems to plod along with the main character thinking of many different ways to get away or trying to outsmart the bad guys. In all though, there wasn’t a whole lot of action. 

Britt was an okay character. She definitely had her moments where she went from lovable to likable within a few seconds. I definitely felt as though she spoke before she thought and some of things she said were yes a little childish, but then she’s quickly redeem herself only to repeat the whole process over again. I enjoyed the relationship between Britt and Mason, although it was a little unrealistic but for some reason I found myself rooting for them. I honestly didn’t believe anything good could come out of the experience that Britt has, but I was wrong and I thought in the end Becca did an awesome job tying up Britt’s ending with Mason. 

In all, I know there seems to be quite a few negative points to the story but I’m glad I read Black Ice. I definitely think it’s worth a read even though it might not turn out to be a favourite story. Would I read it again? Probably not, but as I said, if you’re a fan of Becca’s then yes, read it. 

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

1 comment:

Cali Willette said...

Good review. I really liked her Hush, Hush series. Can't wait to give this one a try. <3