Monday, March 16, 2015

Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Black Ice
Publication Date: October 2014
Hardcover, 392 pages, Simon & Schuster
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller

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…

My Review

“Over the mountains and through the woods to a home in the middle of nowhere with two creepy guys inside they go…” 

Britt and Korbie are on their high school spring break trip, travelling to Korbie’s vacation home in the mountains, when the snowstorm hits. They’re all alone, so what do they decide to do? They decide to get out of their car, and walk. Then, they decide that bunking with two random guys in their empty-looking cabin is a good idea. Have they never seen a horror movie!? These girls made some very poor life decisions. If screaming at them through the pages would have helped, I would have done it. 

Screaming thought #1) Don’t leave your warm car when you don’t know if you can find shelter! Screaming thought #2) Don’t go knocking on the door of the random cabin that’s in the middle of nowhere! And screaming thought #3) Don’t trust two random guys living in a cabin in the woods! 

Honestly, the first half of this book leaves no room for anything but thinking thoughts like these. Britt, the main character, and Korbie, her mean frenemy, are simply too delusional to even deem realistic. Britt has impractical feelings towards someone she should not have these feelings towards, and both of the girls’ emotions in their situation are completely unrealistic. The dialogue for the entire book also jumps on that unrealistic snowmobile. It’s also corny, cheesy, and every other food-flavor that describes awkward and mushy. 

However, a little more than halfway through, things start actually getting good… Or at least, better than they had been. Character development starts showing up! And an awesome backstory for a central character makes an appearance! And while the ending is predictable, it’s still an interesting thriller story that had me wondering how the characters were going to make it out of there alive. 

So, if you’re stuck inside on a snowy day with a power outage and you have nothing more interesting to do, reading this book could make you feel totally better about how non-life-threatening your situation is, or it could make you never trust anyone ever again.

*Note: I received a copy of this book to review from Book Review Board of Missouri. This in no way altered my opinion/review.


  1. I still want to read this one...but after reading your review I'm pretty sure i'll be screaming at them too for some of those choices.

    1. Yeah, I couldn't handle myself at some points. But, it did get less stressful later on. :)


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