Tuesday, 16 September 2014

ARC Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: -
Pages: 400
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release date: 7th October 2014

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

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…

Review: 3 out of 5 stars

I was instantly attracted to the cover of Black Ice and the synopsis had me intrigued, I have never read a Becca Fitzpatrick novel but I have heard tidbits about her Hush Hush series. Despite this being an interesting book, I can’t say it really wowed me.

At the beginning of the book we meet Britt Pfeiffer and her best friend Korbie who are about to embark on their week-long trip to the Teton Ranges, something they have been planning for quite some time; when Britt finds out her ex Calvin Versteeg, Korbie’s brother will be tagging along, it certainly leaves Britt with conflicted feelings – eight months after he broke up with her.

I’m at odd with my feelings about Britt, I didn’t really like her, I felt sorry for her but I didn’t dislike her as well. She would do things that I thought were brave but at other times she was a complete dumbass. I also wasn’t a fan of her pining and immaturity when it came to her ex and also her relationship with Korbie who I can definitely say I didn’t like at all, I’m not sure why these two were even friends. I found myself constantly disappointed by their choices and actions.

The premise for the book is intriguing and shrouded in mystery, when an unexpected blizzard forced them to seek shelter in a remote cabin with its two mysterious lodgers Shaun and Mason who they find out are fugitives, their trip takes a turn for the worse and Britt ends up a hostage and playing tour guide to lead them off the mountain.

There were a number of far-fetched scenarios in Black Ice that left me shaking my head and some really silly moves made by the characters that left me wanting to smack them. I did like mysterious Mason and I was eager to know what he was hiding and it definitely wasn’t what I had expected, I did enjoy the element of surprise.

Becca Fitzapatrick’s writing style was easy to read which allowed me to finish the book rather quickly. The book was suspenseful and entertaining but in the end I couldn’t really connect with the characters and their actions.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for the opportunity to read and review Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick.

Becca FitzpatrickAbout the author

Becca Fitzpatrick grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden with a flashlight under the covers. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she's most likely prowling sale racks for reject shoes, running, or watching crime dramas on TV. She is the author of the bestselling HUSH, HUSH Saga. Her new book BLACK ICE arrives in bookstores everywhere October 7, 2014.


  1. I know everyone hates on the Hush Hush books but I loved them. They were just damn entertaining. I was so excited for this book, but I have a print copy which is not my favorite way to read since I usually read at night. I need to read this, I hope I like it!

    1. I'll have to give Hush Hush a try, the reviews seem to be mixed but I'm pretty sure I have the first book. I hope you like this one Nereya!

  2. I didn't particularly like Britt either but I found this book really intriguing! Also, I love Becca Fitzpatrick <3
    I'm sorry you couldn't connect with the characters, great review though :)

    1. Thanks Richa! I think I would have liked this book more if it wasn't for Britt.

  3. Darn, I wanted this one, but requested to late, and now I am thinking it might have been a blessing.

    1. It just didn't wow me unfortunately but I was intrigued by the storyline.


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