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- Publication Date : October 7, 2014
- File Size : 4548 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 401 pages
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint Edition (October 7, 2014)
- ASIN : B00IBHSEN4
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: #486,737 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It took me a little while to warm up (pun intended) to Britt, but once I got past the seeming shallowness of her personality, she was easier to relate to and root for while fighting for her life in the frozen mountains. And I have to say, the descriptions of her journey through the woods was so ingenious that I found myself shivering in commiseration.
And then there's Mason. Also known as Jude. He was interesting, to say the least, and harder to pin down in terms of his goals for being in this situation. I doubted his intentions along with Britt, yet came to the conclusion that if really was a cold-blooded killer, he'd had plenty of opportunities to attack Britt. But he continued to look out for her, protect her. When Britt thought that he was the monster of the story, I thought she was nuts. I had a sneaking suspicion of who was really behind the murders, and when it was confirmed, the danger level for Britt and Jude skyrocketed.
I was glad for the epilogue; I thought it was a lovely way to wrap up the whole novel. And after reading a few reviews where people were labeling Britt as having Stockholm Syndrome... I could see why that would come up, but in my opinion, two people could meet under extreme circumstances and God (or fate or destiny or whatever you believe in) could use it the bring some light out of the darkness. That's how I choose to see Jude and Britt's relationship.
Great story, awesome setting, intense nail-biter. Read it!
This was one exciting adventure that has so many twists and turns, you will be left wanting even more. While I don't think this is as good as Hush, Hush, I think Becca Fitzpatrick has done an excellent job at separating herself from the series, and showing her talent as an author. She has switched genres, and shown that she is definitely a competitor in different markets. Her writing (which is something I always loved about the Hush Hush series) is utterly fantastic, and you feel as if you are in the mountains, suffering the biting winds and intense cold along with the characters. I loved the mystery/thriller aspect, and it keeps the story interesting. However, I honestly think this is a story about a girl finding herself more than anything else. While this probably isn't what the original purpose of the book was, I thought it showed a girl who is put in an unfortunate and terrifying situation, and becoming a stronger, braver person because of it.
Originally when I started reading, I wasn't sure if I was going to like the story. Britt was getting on my nerves with how much she depended on the men in her life, and in the beginning she appeared a bit whiny. I kept getting frustrated at her character for not sticking up for herself with her best friend, Korbie, or with her ex-boyfriend (who is also Korbie's brother), Calvin. She was extremely foolish and irritating. You might be saying, "Wait...I thought you said you liked this story...." And I did. The thing with Britt's character is that when she starts off, she is very childish. However, throughout the story, she grows into her own, and becomes a very strong female lead. Britt is definitely not the same person at the end of the story as she was at the beginning. Ms. Fitzpatrick did an excellent job at crafting Britt's growth over the course of the story, and it was actually quite enjoyable to read and witness. Mason had me from the beginning. I will admit when we meet him again, I was leery of him, but as the story progressed, I started coming up with theories. Things weren't adding up with his character, and this led to another interesting aspect of this story, the mystery behind the characters. Every character in this book has something to hide (and I mean every character). Granted, I did figure out why Mason was there, but it still drove the story, and gave it that extra special something.
The setting was one of my favorite aspects about this entire story. The setting was extremely well described, and I truly felt like I was right there hiking along with the characters, desperate to find their way through the blizzard. There is a major twist towards the end, and if you pay close attention, you can figure it out. However, it is definitely a surprise if you don't figure it out (it's still shocking even if you had suspicions). I think the action at the end is another highlight of the book because it is where Britt truly steps up and shows just how far she has come.
While this book might not be for everyone, I highly recommend it for anyone who is a fan of Becca Fitzpatrick or just likes reading mystery/thriller novels. Becca Fitzpatrick delivers an action-packed story that is full of intense moments, and will leave you longing for more.
Happy reading :)
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Britt and Korbie are going on a Spring Break adventure in the mountains but when they get caught in a snowstorm that wasn’t predicted they are forced to take refuge in a cabin with two strange men, Shaun and Mason. Their carefree break is about to become dire, and their lives are threatened, they will have to find it within themselves to stay strong, alive and get out of what seems like a desperate situation.
I could actually see it playing out as a teen-thriller movie. The girls start off all fluffy and giggly at the beginning without a care in the world but then danger befalls them, and everything becomes more sinister.
Britt was a really likeable character, but Korbie was very annoying. I know it was written this way, but I just wanted to give Britt a slap for even being friends with this complete and utter self-involved airhead! I have nothing against being a bit ditsy don’t get me wrong (my site is called Pink and Dizzy after all, as dizzy used to mean ditsy and that describes me!), but airheads can be likeable, Korbie was not. I didn’t like the change of names for one of the men, that was quite confusing, again I understood the reasons, but it was hard to get my head around.
The only niggly thing about the book was there were some hard to slot together storylines and plots; there were a few times I had to think, just go with it as something wasn’t adding up. It didn’t ruin the story, but it could have flowed just that little bit better.
The ending took me by surprise I just didn’t see any of it coming, I hadn’t guessed anything other than who Lauren was. The ending, again, had the perfect movie ending. I really could see this as a movie and would love to watch it!
I have definitely found myself a new author, who is the same age as me (that was why this book was chosen for my reading challenge: A book written by someone the same age as you). A pleasantly refreshing read.
The premise for this book is interesting. Two best friends, and a brotherly chaperone, decide to spend their spring break in the mountains hiking through the snow. For fun. I know, I'd have picked Hawaii too, but let's not judge. The two girls travel up the mountain alone to meet their chaperone who is also Britt's (Our main character) ex boyfriend. Along the way they run into a massive problem. The weather turns nasty, they seek shelter and stumble right into the paths of two criminals. Held as hostage, they must negotiate their way up the mountain and onto the highway to help the criminals escape or risk their lives fighting back.
I really enjoyed the storyline. It had me hooked when it probably shouldn't have because I found Britt so irritating, which I'll explain soon, but the fast-paced plot kept me hooked without me realising. I thought I knew what was going on, and basically figured out the plot twist really quickly, but Fitzpatrick laced the story with enough doubt for me to question if it was really that obvious and if maybe I'd been duped by her! This kept me reading long into the night and I really loved the tension she built with short, sharp chapters and teasers along the way.
I also thought the world-building was nice. Not fantastic and original, but interesting to be set in the winter wilderness. Fitzpatrick did a brilliant job of conveying the bleak, hostile nature of hiking in such adverse conditions - I really believed some of the turmoil the characters were experiencing.
Sadly, there were so many things wrong with this book and I think many of you will avoid this book. Some I think were actually deliberate by the author but fell apart instead of having the intended effect. A perfect example is Britt. I didn't like Britt at all and I think the author intended for that to happen so that I'd see her grow and change over the course of the unravelling of the plot for maximum effect. Unfortunately, it was just too transparent and Britt's multiple irritating character flaws were just too much for me to forgive her when she inevitably becomes a grown up.
The main problem is that Britt still loves her ex boyfriend Calvin, the chaperone, and pines after him even though he was an awful boyfriend who cheated and basically jilted her at the prom. Britt effectively plans this whole trip just so she can spend time with her rubbish ex boyfriend instead of with her best friend. I especially didn't like this childish behaviour; and I also didn't like the disloyalty she repeatedly showed to her friend with catty remarks.
A later problem with the main character is that she has absolutely no common sense - I mean planning a holiday into a mountainous area where she already knows three girls have been previously murdered is insane anyway. Admittedly the author addresses that Britt has relied on people her entire life, but this does not make for a likeable character. Again, I think this was deliberate to show her character development over time but I think most readers will agree that we want feisty characters with wit not silly characters who make stupid decisions on a whim to try and make her ex-boyfriend, who clearly isn't interested, "grovel with a cherry on top".
It's important to address the issue of Stockholm Syndrome here. Fitzpatrick showed that Britt recognised what this was, essentially falling for your captors, which was admirable for the main character and made me question if she actually had some grit about her. But she swiftly trusts everything these two strange men in the woods tell her and thinks they're her friends almost immediately. She also changes, throughout the plot, from being trusting to lashing out irrationally. It's not sending a great message and was confusing. Sadly, rather than tackling this, Fitzpatrick just portrays Britt "losing herself in another memory of Calvin" any time things get hairy rather than actually being an interesting character and putting up a fight.
This obviously isn't a five star read. It's predictable, the characters are two-dimensional, the insta-love isn't adorable enough to be overlooked and the main character is a raging idiot. Those facts don't get any better. This should be enough to make you stop reading this review and delete this book from your To-Be-Read List. However, despite my ranting, I still kept reading and I didn't dislike the book at all, I loved the way it was told, I just didn't like Britt.
It's such a shame because it's clear that Becca Fitzpatrick can write well, but I think she missed an opportunity here to tackle some really interesting issues, and instead made a bit of a pathetic main character. When the author did actually take a deeper look into some of the more internal struggles of people and the workings of a murderers mind I found her writing so impressive. Her portrayal of loss was beautiful and I think will really hit home with anyone who has ever lost someone:
"They say that when you're about to die, your life flashes before your eyes. They never tell you that when you watch someone you once loved dying, hovering between this life and the next, it's twice as painful, because you're reliving two lives that travelled one road together".
I do recommend this book although it is for a more forgiving reader; it's a frustrating read because of it's flaws but it has a lot of potential with some beautiful writing and a genuinely fast-paced, gripping plot. I hope that some of the issues from this book will be ironed out in "Dangerous Lies", the next in this series. Thankfully it doesn't appear to feature Britt so I'll be giving it a read.