By: Melanie | January 15, 2015 | (65) Comments

Review: Black Ice by Becca FitzpatrickBlack Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Genres: Romance, Thriller, YA
Pages: 392
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Brit Pheiffer 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.

Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and 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, 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.

And this, my friends, is why I give authors second chances. I am so glad that I decided to give Becca Fitzpatrick’s work another go despite having abhorred her Hush, Hush series. I wouldn’t go as far to say that Black Ice wasn’t problematic, but despite it’s issues it was a thrilling and relatively fast-paced read.

Black Ice is a mystery thriller with (surprisingly) no paranormal aspects at all. I originally believed that this was of the paranormal genre (because silly Mel didn’t bother to carefully read the synopsis or look at the Goodreads shelves) so half the time I expected some angel or vampire to swoop in and make everything crash and burn. Gladly, that didn’t happen (because let’s be serious here – that would have been horrific). This novel is strictly a contemporary mystery thriller coated in (admittedly pretty bad) romance and an enjoyable storyline (well, for most of the novel anyways).

Many reviewers have said that Britt, our main character is too stupid to live. I will say that I disagree on this point because that is not entirely true. When Britt and Korbie discover that Mason and Shaun aren’t the charming and flirtatious young men that they first seemed, but are actually something far more dangerous; while Korbie starts loosing her shit, Britt is quick to think of all her possible situations to help herself and Korbie safe as well as an escape route. I really loved Britt’s quick and rational thinking and I honestly couldn’t see how she was acting stupid at all. She carefully assessed all possibilities and not only thought for herself but also her best friend who clearly didn’t have half the wits. (I will add that it always annoys me when in a book it’s always the friend that is helpless and that it’s always the main character who is the smarter one – only a small quibble but still <.< ) In terms of thinking under pressure, Britt is on point.

However, soon it becomes evident that Britt’s emotional thought-process isn’t as fabulous because she throws a Stockholm Syndrome and starts falling for Mason, one of the guys who is threatening Britt’s life, if she doesn’t help him and Shaun get off the mountain.

Just because the dude is nicer than Shaun and is good looking doesn’t mean anything, Britt. My gawd. If there was one thing that I hated, it was the romance. I found it incredibly hard to accept that Britt was falling for Mason who had got to be the shadiest person ever in existence.

What if he did die? He didn’t deserve that. The idea of him gone forever slashed me to pieces. I had questions, so many questions, and now I might never get answers. I couldn’t believe this might be the end to our story.

WOMAN. He freaking kidnapped you and he won’t reveal anything about his true self. ARE YOU MAD? LEMME ANSWER THAT FOR YOU: YES YOU ARE.

Let’s also not forget how this book just abuses feminism.

I tapped my cup to his, grateful to have found Shaun, because for a minute there, I’d thought I was going to have to save myself. Instead, I’d wandered into the protective care of a sexy older man.

This quote happened earlier on in the novel when I still quite enjoyed it, and it was probably one of the first moments where I started liking this book less. MUCH less. Good job, Britt. You’ve officially made me vomit my guts out.

Korbie should get the worst best friend ever award. At the start of the book we’re told that Korbie and Britt were the best of friends but I struggled to find any evidence of that throughout the novel – even in the flashbacks. There’s constant girl on girl hate between the pair which was probably my second largest issue with this novel. In fact, we find out later in the book that Korbie wrote stuff in a diary for reasons why she was better than Britt. W.T.F?!

Fitzpatrick did do an excellent job with the mystery side of things here, though. I found this book and it’s twists to be sorta predictable but Fitzpatrick drew out her plot quite well and this aspect had me glued to the pages. In regards to the pacing, it wasn’t rushed but simultaneously, I didn’t find it as boring as everyone had told me before I picked this up myself.

In all, I found Black Ice to be a novel that is quite enjoyable and fast if you can look past the flaws. Some parts I found completely inexcusable (like the anti-feminism quote aforementioned and the girl on girl hate) but it was entertaining for me, and that’s what ultimately matters at the very end.

~Thank you Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this copy!~

3 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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65 Responses to Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

  1. Super awesome review Mel! I’m almost finished reading this and your thoughts are on point. I don’t think Britt is stupid, I think she needs a reality check with who she chooses to spend her time with. Korbie on the other hand, wtf is that.
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  2. Kelly says:

    Like you, I loathed Hush Hush as well and hopes for this one weren’t all that high. But I was pleasantly surprised too even though it had issues. The poor defenseless girl needing a man to save her grated on my nerves too and the romance I suspect was supposed to be some form of Stockholm, but it just came across as desperately creepy. Like you though, the mystery really drew me in and it was pretty entertaining. She’s certainly matured in her writing, apart from the few times she strayed into Hush Hush mode.

    Brilliant review Mel <3
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  3. Cynthia says:

    Ha, that quote would drive me insane. Wow, good thing she didn’t actually have to save herself.

    I am glad you enjoyed it. This book was on my TBR at one point, but I have heard so many mixed reviews. Some people like it, some people hated it.
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  4. I’m not sure about this one yet. I may read it, I may not. 😛 I’ll see.
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  5. I have to admit, I didn’t finish this novel at all. I stopped after around 20% because I just wasn’t feeling it and Korbie was highly frustrating and I can imagine that it did get better, but I didn’t have the patience. Glad to see you liked it though Mel, so many other people didn’t. Great review too, and good choice of quotes! 🙂
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  6. I’m curious about the plot but I feel like I’d rage too much throughout the reading experience to enjoy it, you know? And that romance, not for me at all. I’m going to save myself the anger and skip. Thank you for the honest review, Mel! x
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  7. I’ve heard quite a bit about this best friend and Britt. I don’t like the sound of the romance, but this is still a book I want to check out because regardless of everything it does sound like it’s entertaining and is a page-turner.
    Fabulous review, Mel!
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  8. Sooooo I agree with basically everything you said, and yet, I enjoyed this book a bit more than you did. LOL I was beyond thrilled to see it was a contemporary thriller and NOT paranormal AT ALL! I would have strongly disliked seeing that in this book. So yay for that! And I agree Britt was pretty cringeworthy at times, but I was honestly okay with that because it felt very realistic. I think I was a bit like that in my younger years, so I can’t judge. Anyway, I’m rambling. Lol. Great review as always, Mel!! 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      I’m glad that you agree with me, Lisa! Yes, I was so glad that this wasn’t a paranormal book, but I had a bad feeling it was half the time since I immediately link this author with paranormal ._. thanks, girl xx

  9. I definitely didn’t find Britt too stupid to live either Melanie, I actually thought she handled herself pretty well throughout, even with the ill-advised attraction to Mason. Korbie on the other hand was not just a terrible friend, but a terrible person in general, and I was not sad at all when the story continued on without her:) I found this one to be really entertaining as well, and like you said, sometimes that’s all you need:)
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  10. Lily says:

    I’m going to have to agree with Lisa here. I totally see where your coming from but I did end up enjoying this book overall. I mean, this book had problems, big issues but I still found myself wanting to know what happened next and not wanting to put it down. Sure, I nearly slapped Britt a hundred different times but does Becca Fitzpatrick ever write a female MC who doesn’t make questionably bad choices?
    Great Review Mel 🙂
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  11. Jasprit says:

    I actually really liked the first book by Fitzpatrick, but then kind of dropped the series, when it started to go downhill. This book however does sounds all kinds of appealing, I like how it doesn’t have any paranormal aspects whatsoever and the mystery side of it sides great. The only thing putting me off right now is the dippy MC and best friend, however my feelings are telling me to overlook this aspect and still give this one a go. Fab review Melanie! 🙂
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  12. I did the audio version of this one, and I thought it was good despite the numerous flaws you mentioned I liked the mystery, it was well done.
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  13. Kirsty-Marie says:

    Glad you enjoyed part of it, but holy crap I tapped my cup to his, grateful to have found Shaun, because for a minute there, I’d thought I was going to have to save myself. Instead, I’d wandered into the protective care of a sexy older man. I would’ve been done there and then. Excuse me, I best go back to the kitchen. Okay, she’s not entirely stupid, but she’s going there. And girl on girl hate, the joy. I read a lot of mystery/thrillers, so that side appeals to me, but the rest of it? Nah. At least you enjoyed it (somewhat) 🙂
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  14. Hilary says:

    Hee. The Snape gif. I don’t think I’ll be picking up Black Ice since I can’t get past the Stockholm Syndrome. Like no. Please. That relationship doesn’t feel genuine and nothing good EVER comes out of love as a result of abduction.

  15. Danielle says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I really cannot wait to read this. I’ve heard a lot of criticism for the main character but it sounds like a fab thrilling ride so who cares lol. Lovely review!
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  16. Korbie is the worst! Why are girl best friends in most YA books so shitty???
    Anyway, I didn’t hate this but I had high hopes. And we’re backwards, I read Hush Hush wehn it first came out and I loved it 🙂
    Glad to see you liked this one, even with its issues.
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  17. Maddy E says:

    Hm. Hmmmm. HMMMM. I honestly think this book was written for the sole purpose of bothering me. Anti-feminism? Why? That quote can not possibly be real. Also “throws a stockholm syndrome” could quite possibly be my favorite phrase now. Aside from the fact that falling in love with you KIDNAPPER is the textbook definition of stockholm syndrome and that this is a very serious issue that the author seems to have made a bit of a mockery of. No one should promote stockholm syndrome. I most certainly will not be reading this one, no matter how enjoyable. Thanks for the honest review Mel <3
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  18. I didn’t hate Hush, Hush, though I did think the main character was as stupid as mud. Maybe stupid heroines are this author’s thing. Who knows?

    I’ve actually got this one in my TBR pile. I’ve read mixed reviews, so I’m kind of hesitant to start it. Not sure if I want to read about girly hate and anti-feminism…
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  19. I’ve read mixed reviews for this one. People seem to like the book overall if you take out the romance – which does sound like something that would drive me nuts. haha

    -Lauren
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  20. Lol mostly admittedly bad romance…I snorted out loud when I got to that part. Definitely not the book for me.
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  21. Ah, I have such a problem with Stockholm’s Syndrome in books, especially when it devolves into some kind of romance. :/ This is one of those books that I’m just not really sure about. It sounds interesting, but I feel like I would have more problems with it than actually liking it.

    Still, great review! 😀
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  22. Completely agree. The thriller aspects of this book were very good. But Korbie was just ugh and the romance was pretty problematic. The whole “I think this hot guy is a killer so I will just focus on the former and forget latter” drove me nuts. But….. I didn’t guess the killer — thought that was a very clever twist — and if you can just ignore Korbie and the romance, this was pretty darn good.

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    • Melanie says:

      I sorta saw most of the twists coming and the big one in the end but it was still so intense and I love how the author unravelled the story line from there.

  23. Lol. So it wasn’t only me who don’t properly read the synopsis sometimes. Super amusing review, Mel! I don’t like it when my feminine ego is abused. :/
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  24. Hmm…I’ll admit I was suspicious of this one from the moment I first saw the summary. I haven’t red Hush, Hush precisely because of the negative connotation around it, so I’m glad to hear that, even if this wasn’t completely flawless, that it was at least better than Hush, Hush. It’s always great when an author has evident improvement in their writing. Thanks for sharing Mel!
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  25. You know, I was salivating as soon as I saw your review pop up on my Bloglovin’ feed. I was expecting a whole slew of snark and GIFs. Surprise, surprise! I’m almost glad you loved it. ALMOST, but not quite. Lol.
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  26. Oooh interesting! So glad you liked the book Mel, I was in the group that thought Britt was stupid (mainly because from the get go with her explaining how prepared she was, yet she manages to LEAVE all the necessary gear and food in the car as they trek through a storm). I hated Hush Hush as well, but I’m glad to have given Fitzpatrick another go because this book was definitely much better. Not a lot, but at least I managed to get through the book. 😛 Lovely review, it’s so nice to read differing thoughts on the same book 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      I definitely see why you thought she was too stupid to live but yeah, I didn’t think she was thaaaaat stupid, if you know what I mean. Thanks, Joy! Yes, it truly is interesting to hear differing opinions 🙂

  27. Katie says:

    I actually had some of the exact same thoughts on the book. It was really the plot that kept me going rather than the characters. I do have to admit that I liked the romance at SOME parts (probably because it was cute and I love cute). But Korbie was a kind of pointless character, but overall I actually enjoyed the book for what it was trying to achieve.

  28. Oh, I am so glad you sort of liked this! I won the book, and have been very, very hesitant in trying it, but if it is quick paced and has a pretty decent plot, I could probably give it a go. I mean, it isn’t high up on my list, but maybe a “waiting room” kind of book 😉
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  29. I agree Mel, the mystery was done quite well, and it was in the end quite addictive…but the anti-feminism and characterisation of Britt/Korbie did make me enjoy it a bit less. In any case, fabulous review as always 🙂
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  30. Okay, um, lemme just die at that sexist quote.

    I am SO not okay with that.

    How hard is it for books to TRY not being sexist these days?! Like seriously…don’t we live in a semi-educated world (don’t answer that… -_-) . And I always hate it so much more when girls are actually derogatory to girls. If we’re not even standing up for ourselves, ugh…it’s just wrong.

    So I DO own this book (i won it!) and I will read it, but I’m honestly not feeling the rush. I didn’t mind Hush Hush, but it would’ve been better if it’d been narrated by Patch. 😉
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  31. Lola says:

    Sometimes it really pays off to give an author another try, glad to hear this one worked better for you then Hush Hush. I haven’t read a book by this author so far as her books didn’t really appeal to me. Good to hear it was at least fast paced, that can make up some other stuff sometimes. I don’t think the romance would work for me either. Sounds like it would’ve been better if the focussed stayed on the mystery.
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  32. Well, I love a good contemp mystery. I always wanted to try this one. But Britt is going to annoy me, I can tell already!
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  33. I actually sort of liked her Hush, Hush series. Although it has been quite awhile since I’ve read it so I don’t remember much about the series. It was during my phase were I was REALLY into paranormal romances haha. I do enjoy a good mystery, but I read more for the romance and I don’t think I would enjoy this one :/ That second quote, ugh… I’m glad you enjoyed it despite its flaws 🙂
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  34. I think what I enjoyed the most of this story was the mystery. I definitely agree on your opinion of Korbie. I really didn’t like her. She wasn’t a true friend at all. Brit annoyed me most of the time. Like you, I liked that she would try and analyze the situation to find a solution but she really did annoy me most of the time, especially falling so quickly for Mason.
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  35. Riya says:

    Wonderful review, Mel! I’m so happy that your risk paid off, it just goes to show that second chances can make all the difference. ARGHHH this book has some appealing aspects to it, but from your review alone Britt is starting to annoy me! Especially that line about how thankful she is that she found a guy because he can save her… THIS is why there are still those feminine stereotypes of subservience and inferiority to males around! Haha, sorry for my rambling… But other than that, it does seem pretty interesting! Lovely review as usual, and thanks for sharing. 🙂 xx

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