Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
*An ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review
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…
Thrilling, mysterious and completely captivating! Although most of my experience with YA standalone novels has been with contemporary romances, Black Ice opened my eyes to a side of YA I had never had much interest in exploring before. Okay, so yes this book does have some romance in it, but what really makes Black Ice so great is the core focus on murder, secrets and shady pasts.
Basic summary of the storyline? Two best-friends named Britt and Korbie go on their own to visit this remote cabin in the woods. Britt's ex, Calvin (who is also Korbie's brother), decides to head up early and meet them there. However, plans suddenly change once a huge storm forces Britt and Korbie to find shelter at a cabin currently occupied by two boys who may not necessarily have their best interests at heart. In all honesty, for a main character, Britt doesn't come off as very likable at the beginning of the novel. Her fixation on her ex who dumped her and her unhealthy relationship with her best-friend makes her come off as weak. Thankfully Britt starts to gain some sense as the novel progresses, and by the end of the book it is quite evident that Britt has changed drastically for the better. I was proud to see her grow so much in such a short period of time.
Although at times predictable, the storyline for the most part kept me guessing the whole way through. There were numerous occasions where I found myself second guessing the motives behind characters I was suspicious of and even those I thought I'd trusted. The two boys Britt and Korbie find at the cabin, Mason and Shaun, each added drama to the novel in two completely different ways; Shaun with his dangerous unpredictability and Mason with his good-guy-but-still-shady-ness ways.
The presence of romance in a book is in my opinion always a good thing. In fact, I think in thrillers like this, romance raises the stakes even more and adds an intimate relationship to the plot that keeps us as the reader curious as to whether or not that relationship is genuine....Not to mention that I'm always very appreciative of added pops of swoony material ;)
Overall, I think Black Ice was a pretty solid new piece from Hush, Hush author Becca Fitzpatrick. I'm curious to see what other things Becca Fitzpatrick brings to the YA genre in the future! Black Ice has gotten me into the Halloween mood and now I have found myself looking for my next creepy read! Have you read Black Ice? What is your favourite YA thriller? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! Keep Reading!
Your Y.A. Bookworm,