Tuesday, 7 October 2014

ARC Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Pages: 392 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Received from: Simon & Schuster Canada
Status: Standalone

Synopsis (from Goodreads): 

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…


Black Ice was a thrilling book, and definite must read for suspense and romance lovers!

The story is about Britt, a high school senior who decides to go on a backpacking trip for spring break with her friend Korbie, instead of joining their other friends on a warm and sunny beach in California. While driving up to Korbie's family lodge, they get stuck in a storm and end up taking shelter in a cabin with two other guys: Shaun and Mason. What happens next is the stuff of nightmares as they are both kidnapped, and find themselves in a battle to stay alive. However, Britt realizes that her kidnappers might be serial-killers, and that they need her to stay alive.

Character wise, I thought all of them played the stereotypical rich kids, serial killers, kidnappers, daddy's little princesses etc. At the beginning, I was not pleased with ANY of the characters, and found them all annoying. However, as the novel progressed, I learned how to like Britt's character, and while she doesn't do a complete 180, she does mature and becomes more mature than she was in the beginning. I found all the characters a little difficult to get used to, but the growth and the fall of some of the characters were nicely done.

I personally thought that Britt complained too much about her ex-boyfriend (and Korbie's older brother), and thought about him WAAY too much than she was supposed to. However, I liked how Becca Fitzpatrick was able to bring things full circle with her character's and their backstories.

Story wise, I first thought that the "being stranded in the middle of nowhere and falling in love with you captors" was a bit too cliché, but I liked the way Becca build's Britt's relationship with Mason (who, you'll learn, isn't all he seems).

I also enjoyed the suspense of figuring out who the REAL killer was (because in books like these, you never know). When you think you got it all figured out, Becca Fitzpatrick WILL throw a curve ball and mess up your state of thought. I usually am able to suspect who the killer is, but I wasn't able to in THIS book.

Overall, I thought this book was pretty great. I read it in about 2 days, and it will keep the gears in your head turning. Also, the ending is also adorable in this book!


3.5 out of 5 stars!

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