Book Review: Black Ice

Black Ice CoverBook: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Published October 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers|303 pages

Where I Got It: Nook store

Series: None

Genre: YA Thriller/Mystery

You can find Black Ice on goodreads & Becca Fitzpatrick on Twitter, Facebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

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…

What I Thought:

I definitely liked Black Ice!  There was so much going on, and it’s different than a lot of other mysteries/thrillers I’ve read.

I like that it’s more surviving in the wilderness and what’s going on with the murders.  Granted, I did manage to figure out who was behind the murders quite a bit before it was actually revealed.  I don’t quite remember when I figured it out, but I did.  What kept me reading was wanting to know the motivation behind it.  Still, I felt like things were pretty unpredictable, and I was never completely sure of what was going to happen next, even though I wasn’t particularly surprised by how things turned out.

I LOVED the atmosphere of the book, and it really added to the craziness that happens on the mountain.  Of all of the crazy things that happened, I didn’t like the romance.  At all.

I didn’t care for it , and I didn’t really get the point of Britt and Mason falling for each other.  I get that they both understand what it was like to be up on that mountain- which is actually fine- but the romance felt like it was there just to be there.  In the sense that they know what the other went through, the romance does make sense.  I get that she both wants and doesn’t want Calvin, her ex.  That was actually pretty believable.

What I didn’t find believable was Britt’s friendship with Corbie.  I really didn’t get why the two girls were best friends, and I kind of wish that their relationship had something more to it, because it felt like a pretty shallow friendship.  I did like that Britt seemed to find a couple great friends that she met in college, and that her story was tied back to Mason’s in the end.

Let’s Rate It:

Even though some things weren’t believable or didn’t really work work for me, I wanted to keep reading to see how things would turn out.  Black Ice gets 3 stars.

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