Thursday, September 25, 2014

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick


Published: Oct 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 400
Copy Provided by: Publisher
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:

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? 


Review:

It has been awhile since I read a gritty novel like this one and I LOVED IT!!  My first thought after finishing the last page?  That. Was. Awesome.

In this gripping story, a girl is fighting for survival in the woods while being held hostage by two shady characters who may have murdered someone in an abandoned cabin.  Not only that but they have forced her to abandon her friend (Corbie) and lead them down the mountainside!

Becca Fitzpatrick is the author of the Hush Hush series with angels.  I wanted to see what this book was about because I LOVED Hush Hush.  I also like to see how authors continue writing with different storyplot ideas.  What a departure from writing about the supernatural!  She uses her beautiful poetic and descriptive writing style to create just the right ambiance for the reader.  The novel blazes through with detail, drama and lots of action.  

There are 3 main characters in Black Ice who play crucial roles - 

Britt, the main character is quite a spitfire. She is sure-headed when it comes to emergencies and seems to think pretty quickly on her feet.  The Britt we see in danger is a far cry from the Britt we encounter at the convenience store with Calvin before she climbs the mountain.  Its good to see a character come out of her shell when put into a difficult situation and take charge.  She wants to vacation on the mountain with her best friend Corbie.  Just so happens Corbie is her ex-boyfriend's sister and he will be chaperoning their vacation.

Calvin - he is the mountaineer and a perfect candidate for keeping an eye out for the two girls.  Coerced by his parents to watch his younger sister and her friend, he ends up meeting the girls on the mountain to make sure they have a safe holiday.

Mason - Mason is one of the men Britt meets when the girls get stuck in a storm and are looking for shelter.  He is tough to get to know though and seems to be hiding something.  He is a mystery and as a reader, I wasn't sure if he was a friend or a foe.  Its hard to figure out if he has a split personality and Britt should trust him or toss him to the elements.  

Be prepared for A LOT of action and suspense in Black Ice.  I found it to be a fast read because the pace of the storyline made me read more quickly.  I LOVE how this is a standalone title and Becca did an excellent job of providing a proper ending for the characters.  Something that was (what word do I say without giving anything away??) logical.  Black Ice would be a great getaway read...just don't start it in the evening because you may not want to put it down until you get to the last page!

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