Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
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…


Publishes in US: October 7th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA thriller
Source: Simon Teen
Series? no

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    Honestly, at first, I wasn't planning to read Black Ice, but when I got a copy from Simon Teen and read the back cover, which is different from the inside flap which is GR synopsis above, I decided to give it a try. I am glad that I did, because I immediately liked Britt. She after a rough breakup and trying to convince herself she is over him, but he is all of the sudden coming on spring break hiking trip with her and her best friend and she isn't so sure how she feels anymore. 

   But then her and Korbie, above mentioned best friend, get caught in a freak storm and end up at the cabin of Mason and Shaun, and right away Korbie's alarm goes off. She's seen Mason once before (it's in excerpts and happens in the first chapter, so I don't consider it a spoiler) and he covered for her when she was trying to make ex-boyfriend Calvin jealous, and he was friendly and charming. But when she lands on his doorstep, he is rude and seemingly trying to push her out. But with the blizzard and their car being stuck, they have no other choice.

   Black Ice was a very readable and addicting story, I started it and only put it down when I couldn't keep my eyes open any more from my meds. Although the friendship with Korbie and Britt is non-traditional, it was still well written. They have known each other for so many years, and while Britt feels at times that it is just a big competition... and there was the big secret... It still added to the mystery and the fact that everyone is not quite what they may seem at first. 

    Britt gets to know Mason, and he is a walking contradiction to her at times. She can't figure out why he is in the company of Shaun who seems to be opposites. Shaun is hot headed, impulsive and cruel where Mason is calm, and thinks ahead, and tries to protect Britt. 

    We get to know Calvin, Britt's ex as she relives their relationship to keep herself from losing hope. He is afraid of his father, and can never seem to please him or do enough. That has shaped a lot of how he lives his life, and effects his relationship with Britt as well as interpersonal with his sister and the rest of the world. 

    The mystery is well done and I was guessing a lot. I started to figure it out, even a little before the reveal but it didn't take away any of my enjoyment and it was good to see everything come together even if it wasn't exactly how I thought it would. It wrapped up well and I liked the way that she wove everything together to bring a good beginning. 

Bottom Line: Good thriller with slow burn romance.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you like to camp or hike?


  1. Blurbs are often misleading which is the main reason why I usually skip them, so kudos for the interior flap for winning you over. I have a difficult time resisting ARCs that just 'show up' on my doorstep too! I've been curious about this title, and the fact that you enjoyed it when you weren't expecting to definitely bodes well. Lovely review!

  2. Often even more misleading than the synopsis are the endorsements. Sometimes put off by a book simply by it being compared to a book/author I don't like, I find it so frustrating when a book comes highly recommend by author(s) I enjoy only to come away feeling as if I've read a totally different book.

    Anyway, great review. I love the cover.


  3. I do love a good thriller, and if it can keep me guessing, then I'm good. I hate ones that are predictable. I wasn't really that into her Hush, Hush series so I was sceptical about this one, and considering I haven't heard that much good about it so far, it's nice to a positive one! I prefer camping. :)

  4. A slow burn romance woudl be a change of pace, for sure....

  5. This sounds like an interesting mystery/ how do I get out of this mess book. I'm not the biggest fan of camping but I would give it a go if you count cabins. And I means really nice cabins near other cabins. Not some creepy cabin in the middle of the woods that's 2 miles from any neighbor. If we all end up in one of those creepy cabins though we are hiding behind the chainsaws because it makes sense. Matt @ JC's Book Haven.

  6. I think my review posts tomorrow. I ended up really liking this as well. I read it in one day cause I couldn't put it down!

  7. Not my cup of tea, but a friend would love it

  8. I used to love Becca's Hush, hush series, but that was a really long time ago. So I wasn't so sure about this one but now after reading your review, I think I will give it a try. Great review, Brandi :)

  9. So glad to see that you found the story addictive and hard to put down. The mystery sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I haven't read any of Becca's Hush Hush series, and I know it is about time I read one of her books. Whether it is this or the other I have yet to know! It sounds like something I could read in quickly because it is so addicting and the main character definitely sounds likeable.

    Check out my review and giveaway: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/10/a-cry-from-deep-blog-tour-giveaway.html

  11. I wasn't going to read it either until it showed up. I had a few more problems with it than you but I thought the mystery was really well done and overall I enjoyed it a lot.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  12. Oh gah. Okay this one is on my tbr pile and everyone I've seen so far has really enjoyed it. Gotta find some free read time. :)

  13. I tried to just suspend belief and go with it

  14. It is completely different from series

  15. Heh. I need my pillow and fan to sleep

  16. I am not good at predicting, but still enjoyed

  17. I know! The comparisons are sometimes so off

  18. Its hard for me to go in without reading some sort of blurb or summary though

  19. This is up next on my pile. Hopefully, I'll get to it this week. I did have some reservations with Fitzpatrick's work after her angel series. But I'm glad it's as great as everyone claimed it to be. :)

  20. I am thinking I want the audio for this. Loved you review Brandi, it just confirmed I need this one :)

  21. Brandi! I just read this two weeks ago I think. I'm still addicted to it. I love how you summed it up: good thriller with slow burn romance. It definitely left me burning and asking for more! ;) Glad to know you loved it as well! Thanks for the lovely review!

    Precious Fragments of Life

  22. I confess that I'm not really sure about this one. I don't know if it's for me...

  23. You said it perfectly, Brandi. "Black Black Ice was a very readable and addicting story, I started it and could not put it down!" I just finished this and loved it as well. Wonderful review :)

  24. I am so pissed that I didn't get approved for an egalley for this! I so love Hush, Hush! Oh well, there's always the library


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