ARC, 392 pages
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
For fans of: Thrillers, Survival, Suspense, Romance, Stand-alones
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…
With me being one of the few people that actually really liked the Hush, Hush saga, I was definitely excited to see this title come up on the Around the World tour site. It was one of my mot anticipated. Why? Because I wanted to see how Fitzpatrick would work without that paranormal aspect. Let me just say, I really had nothing to worry about.
"Jesus said forgive but there was always room for an exception."
There were some times that I was questioning Fitzpatrick's motives and for a point in time I even debated putting the book down, but I didn't. I stuck with it and was able to see the enormous plot twist that I wasn't expecting at all. I was thinking the entire time that one thing was happening that I didn't think twice about anyone or anything else. And I see now that I shouldn't have done that. I guess the moral of this story was "Never let your guard down."
"I watched [him]march back and forth, chewing at a hang nail on the thumb of his left hand. His shoulders were hunched, his legs stiff, the muscles of his jaw clenched in concentration. He looked tightly wound. Like he might snap at any moment."
Although the plot was good and unsuspecting, the characters weren't the best. Britt was so compliant with EVERYONE and she trusted way too easily. That was her problem. Always letting people in too quickly and not judging their real character first. And Jesus if that girl didn't do every last thing that a girl in a scary movie/book shouldn't do smh She was a real stereotype and I just couldn't bring myself to fully like her. Especially since she was blaming her feelings on Stockholm syndrome. I got a little angry at that because she chose whatever they did and him and it seemed like she just wanted to erase it so that was what she came up with. I also didn't like her best friend. She gave new meaning to the words "With friends like them, who needs enemies?" She was just spiteful and rude and nothing like a best friend should be.
"She had died out here. In the same woods where I was fighting for my life."
As for the romance, this is what caused me to shut the book for awhile. I had to know how she got away or whatever happened to her so I decided to keep reading. But that was the only reason. And I'm glad I did. Because what I was mad at her for doing, it turns out that wasn't even the case. There's a huge twist that I didn't see coming. And that made everything ok. But I still had that little feeling in the back of my throat that was thinking it was a little weird.
"Blood is blood and nothing is its equal."
Now the writing style was the only thing I could really complain about. It was so repetitive. It got so bad I at one point wished I had wished I read "Stockholm syndrome, freezing, and cold.I mean let's be real. A thesaurus should be sitting on your desk. You're an author for Pete's sake.
"After the darkness comes light."
Overall, this was a really thrilling read. There were times that I loved it and times that I disliked it. It was definitely exciting and worth the read. Definitely more than her first novel. Now it's official, I can't wait to see what else is up this author's sleeve.
Overall, I give this