Book: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Date Published: October 7th, 2014
Date Started: October 23rd, 2014
Date Finished: March 18th, 2015
“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.”
This book is going to be difficult for me to review. I have very mixed feelings about this book. After thinking about it all and balancing it all out, this book felt kind of meh for me.
I loved Becca Fitzpatrick’s other series, Hush Hush. I started reading it when I was a teenager and into the whole nephilim theme. I loved the bad boy who has good intentions, the girl with the mysterious past, etc. I wasn’t a big fan of the ending, but loved the series nonetheless. I’m also a fan of Becca Fitzpatrick because she’s a local author to me. Yay Colorado!
Its been a while since Fitzpatrick has released a book, so when I saw this one was coming out, I knew I had to get my hands on it right away. It came out, I picked it up from the library, and let it sit. And let it sit some more. And then I thought oh crap this has to go back soon, I’ll try to read it. It didn’t hook me in and ended up going back to the library. So several months later, I decided to pick it up again on ebook one night when I couldn’t sleep. I finished the story fairly quickly, but there were times I found myself cringing.
Its not the writing. Its the actions of the characters. So Britt has a bad breakup, right? She can’t stop thinking of him since they broke up. They’re spending spring break together and wants to prove to him that he’s missing out. And then theres the thoughts of wanting to forgive him and get back together. He cheated on her. Must I say more? Theres this part in the book where the story flips back to the past to Britt’s relationship with Calvin (the ex). It didn’t sound like a great relationship to start with considering the fact that he hid their relationship for a long time and would embarrass her in front of his friends. I was so annoyed with this girl because every decision she made was because of a guy. She just had to survive to make it back to him. How about survive to, I don’t know… SURVIVE?
The other issue I had with this book was the borderline Stockholm syndrome. Britt falls for one of her captors, as is probably evident in the synopsis. They spent 4 days together in the mountains and all of the sudden its love? Mason may have had good intentions, but he made some pretty bad decisions. I didn’t feel any kind of swoon or the emotions of attraction for this guy because of those bad decisions. And I feel like Britt should have felt the same way that I did.
I wanted this to be a story about survival, and it mostly was. The mystery surrounding the string of murders was what kept me hooked in and was probably the redeeming aspect of this book. There were a few things that I found way too coincidental, but its fiction, its bound to happen. I predicted the ending about halfway through, and I kept wanting to just hurry up to the end to see if I was right. I hated trudging through the awkward love triangle just to get to the truth. I would have liked this book so much more if there wasn’t so much emphasis on the romance. There was this line in the end of the book that made me cringe so badly because it sounded so crazy. I feel like it was meant to be romantic in a dangerous kind of way, but I just wasn’t buying it. If I was a teenager I might have swooned over the mysterious sexy bad guy. But I’m not. I’ve grown up and know that eh…. this is probably not okay. I thought it was going to be much worse in terms of the falling for the bad guy, but it didn’t go as far as I thought it would and that redeemed it just a little bit.
I also wished for a bit more resolution in the end. I wanted things to be resolved with her friend, with her feelings of almost dying out in a blizzard, of almost dying by the hands of a bunch of sociopaths. But no, the only resolution was involving the romance. Everything else was tied up too neatly and just brushed off to the side.
As much as I hate to do it, I have to rate this at about a 2.5. I just wasn’t hooked in and I found too many issues with the actions of the characters.