Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Genres: Romance, Thriller, YA
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!~
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