Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Book: Black Ice
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Rating: 4/5 stars - I feel like I enjoyed this more than I should've.. but hey it was fun
Release Date: October 7th
Synopsis (as found on 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…


*I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway, but this has in no way affected my review. (except for getting this review out earlier I guess) Merci beaucoup :)

If you guys didn't know or have been living under a rock for 5 years recently, Becca Fitzpatrick is the author to the good old Hush, Hush Saga. Now my feelings about that series are... mixed to say the least so to be completely honest, I didn't really walk in with high expectations.

Maybe it's because of those expectations, but I weirdly enjoyed the book. I certainly had issues with it, it was by no means perfect, but I did like it enough.

Now going into this I knew it was a thriller/mystery type novel (which is why it was an awful idea to read it in like the dead of night) so I was looking to see if there was that edge of tension and dark atmosphere and a solid mystery with good foreshadowing that didn't give away too many clues.

The prologue? ABSOLUTELY CHILLING. The tension was done so well, and the atmosphere was quickly introduced and it spurred us to keep going to see how it all linked together. I don't know if it's good or sad that it might be my favourite part of the book.

One thing I did really like from the Hush, Hush Saga is how well Becca Fitzpatrick made a dark, edgy almost grim atmosphere in a real world setting. I think that's something hard to do well, and I think that is one thing Becca does very well, and it shows through again in Black Ice. The atmosphere is gritty, bleak and yet it felt like it could actually happen on that off chance of luck.

The mystery held up a lot longer than I thought it would (for me), and even once I started putting two and two together, there was still good suspense, because once you know, the next thought is: wait so how is everything going to come crashing down??? I think the plot was built very well to let readers kind of figure things out one step ahead, and even after, there's still this small amount of suspense to keep you going to see how it all unfolds.

My main problem is that I didn't care for the main character at all... there's really no stakes in it if you don't really care if the main character lives or not. Britt was your typical hormonal teenage girl... seriously this book probably would have never happened if she wasn't so nutty over her ex. I can let the teenage stuff slide a little because I am a teenager and I get it. Other than that though, there's nothing about Britt that particularly stands out, besides being REALLY STUPID AT CERTAIN TIMES.

That aside, the other characters were enjoyable, the romance was... okay? I had issues with it but it's not like completely unbearable. A part of me wants to yell about it, a part of me thinks it's kind of weirdly cute.

Overall, Black Ice is a gripping, tantalizing and dark thriller, but it lacks a bit (okay kind of a lot) of a punch in the character department. Gold star for the atmosphere though.


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