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Black Ice Hardcover – October 7, 2014
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Gr 9 Up—After a horrifying prologue depicting a young girl's kidnapping and murder near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this thriller commences one year later, when 17-year-old Britt and her best friend Korbie head out for a hiking trip in the Tetons. When Britt finds out that Korbie's older brother, her ex, will be at their family cabin too, she's torn between trying to win him back and trying to get over him. A freak storm makes the friends lose their way. When the teens knock on the door of a cabin looking for assistance, they unwittingly become part of a plan that its handsome occupants are in the midst of concocting. Britt finds evidence that the two men may have been involved in the disappearance of several women. Convincing them to leave Korbie behind and to take her with them as a guide, the heroine tries keep them all alive during the storm, while also plotting her escape and piecing together the clues to what happened to the missing women. After the heart-poundingly realistic prologue, the rest of the book is a bit frothy, with typical romance plot points. However, the mystery builds with each chapter and the writing is good enough to sustain a sense of foreboding with each page. Despite the unrealistic and saccharine story of the protagonist falling in love with one of her captors, this is a book with inarguable appeal. Britt has realistically complex feelings towards her parents, best friend, and ex-boyfriend, and many teens will enjoy the mix of horror, mystery, and chick lit.—Sunnie Lovelace, Wallingford Public Library, CT
“Plenty of thrills and some kissing too.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Fitzpatrick’s novel is rife with psychologicaltwists exploring themes of revenge, misogyny, and familial duty.” (Publisher’s Weekly)
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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 :)
Britt is our main character and I love her because she grows a lot over the course of the book. She starts off very dependent on others and a bit naïve. A lot of people have called her weak, but nobody who survives what Britt survived can be considered weak in my opinion. She may not be strong in the kick butt sense, but she is smart and a survivor. When she gets into the dangerous situation she does everything she can to try and think her way out of it. Also a lot of people have said she is too dependent on the men in her life, and yes she starts out that way but I think that is really a product of her age. She is young and has a Dad and an older brother who have always doted on and protected her; she never had to learn anything else. But the minute she needs to stand on her own two feet she does and I think that is what really counts.
Then there is Mason. Becca has a real knack for creating bad and dangerous boys, but creating them in a way that you can’t really resist them. Clearly Mason is dangerous, but it is also clear that there is a lot more going on than meets the eye. He is intriguing and mysterious and you really cannot help but be drawn into him. Mason was a good character.
While Becca creates wonderful guys, she also has a knack for creating the worst best friends known to man. Holy moly I hated Korbie and I know it was intentional that I hate her. I recognize that. I just had to acknowledge how much I hated her. She was a horrible friend and just not really a good person. She really drove me insane. I enjoyed the book so much more once she was no longer part of the main storyline.
What I really liked about Black Ice is the constant danger throughout the entire story. The characters are not safe and not just because of a murderer but also because of the conditions. I’m not going to lie. I guessed the twist very very early on, I think it was around the 10% mark where I went “yepp, that’s it” and then I got another big portion of the twist before the 50% mark. Honestly anyone who reads regularly will probably see it. Some of it is very “hey look at me, here is what you are supposed to think” and then some of it is supposed to be subtle but it’s so subtle it practically screams “I am a clue”. I don’t know if that makes sense, but I hope it does. I also want to stress that while I did guess the twist it didn’t ruin the story for me. I still enjoyed the ride. Yes I did peg the twists pretty early on, so when Britt jumped to the conclusion I was supposed to jump to (the wrong conclusion), I was frustrated. I wanted her to be smart. But then I thought about it realistically. If this were a real life situation, she came to the right conclusion, the only conclusion she could really come to based on the facts she had and she probably made the right decision based on those facts. When you are outside of it and reading the book you are looking for the twist, so if you have that knowledge and know it’s not supposed to be what it clearly is, then it is easier to find. So really I can’t fault Britt for her reaction even if I was internally screaming NOOOOOO.
All in all, Black Ice was a really good read and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. It was thrilling and addictive and a definite page turner. Black Ice proved Becca Fitzpatrick is capable of more than just paranormal romance and I look forward to what she has in store for us next.
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