Black Ice

Black Ice

by Becca Fitzpatrick
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b_ls More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Becca Fitzpatrick that I have read. I have been waiting to read this one since I saw the cover. Despite some of the negative reactions to this book I enjoyed it. It kept me interested and had a fun and twisty story. Britt and her friend Korbie decide to go hiking in the mountains instead of to the beach for spring break. A girl after my own heart. I would have chosen the same. To Britt's surprise her ex, and Korbie's brother, Calvin decides to chaperon. Britt is still conflicted about how she feels about Calvin and isn't too happy about him coming. While getting supplies she picks a random guy in the store to play her fake boyfriend. Lucky for her he plays along and does a great job. When Britt and Korbie are on their way to the cabin a big storm hits and they are stranded in the jeep. They decide to walk and hopefully find a place to get out of the weather. They stumble upon a cabin with a couple guys in it. A couple hot guys, unfortunately for the girls things go south fast. They are not regular guys, they are fugitives and their trip just got a whole lot worse. Will they make it off the mountain or die trying? Mason and Shaun have to get off the mountain and Britt is their best chance. They are on the run and can't wait to be rescued. Luckily for Britt she has had some training and has Calvin's map that is very detailed. Britt however recognizes Mason as the guy at the gas station. She tries to use that to her advantage. He didn't come off as a kidnapper to me. Not someone who would commit crime either. There was just something about him that was different. I was on his team the whole time to be honest. There's something about forbidden love that I like and falling for your kidnapper takes the cake. Mason and Britt share glances and secret conversations. Britt is conflicted about this for obvious reasons. Let’s just say things get steamy with these two until Britt finds incriminating evidence. Will she be able to get away to the safety of Calvin? Is running away more dangerous?  I really enjoyed this book. Did some stuff happen that was kind of unbelievable? Yes. I thought it was perfectly normal for Britt to retreat to her positive memories of Calvin to escape her situation. I didn't really like Calvin though. I think it was because he cheated on Britt and I hate that. No matter what. Korbie was your typical rich girl stereotype. Not to bright and kind of annoying. I thought they all worked well for the story though.  I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future!
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Becca Fitzpatrick brings readers her first standalone young adult suspense novel. This book is a major departure from Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush series with was largely paranormal in nature. Black Ice is a thrilling novel that the reader will find a hard time putting down. Fitzpatrick uses a spring break back-packing trip to land her heroine in some very hot water with a possible killer. Reader's who are looking for a romantic suspense novel with a younger set of characters will probably find a lot to like here. What I liked: Britt was what I would call a typical teenage girl. She thought she could do anything, including hike the Teton mountain range with a snowstorm in the forecast. Do you know many teenagers that don't think they can rule the world? LOL. The problem was she was a bit of a spoiled brat. She may have trained for her trip but she wasn't a survivalist. She didn't have any experience and she relied a little too heavily on the male persuasion to get her out of trouble. All that being said, she was just a young girl and I thought Fitzpatrick nailed that. She had to learn how to be a strong independent woman, and if being kidnapped doesn't do that for ya, don't know what will. I loved the tension, the suspense and the sense that you really didn't know who to trust. Who was the bad guy? Even Britt isn't sure. I found myself riveted to the pages, because I just couldn't put my finger on it. I wanted to know how Fitzpatrick was keeping me from figuring out who that killer was. I was shocked at what was really going on. I wasn't even close to being on the right track and that is a rare occurrence. Calvin was Britt's ex-boyfriend. He cheated on her. He dumped her, he was a scumbag, but she still wanted to impress him. Sound like any teenager you know? Yep, me too! Korbie was Britt's best friend. A best friend that was even more spoiled than she was. A best friend that was constantly putting her down. Friend or enemy in disguise? probably a little of both. Who were the most intriguing characters in the book? the kidnappers, hands down. Mason and Shaun were 'menacing' in some ways. Secretive, hostile. I liked that, I wanted to the bad guys to be bad guys, but I wasn't sure they were bad guys... eke gads! I liked this book a lot. What I didn't like: The maturity level was a bit lacking for me, but that might be a my own issue. I wanted Britt to be strong up front, and that took a little while. She was a typical teen and I was afraid she had Stockholm Syndrome when she started falling for her kidnapper. But it got better. And she started to solve her own issues. I didn't like the idea that a man had to fix things and when that faded away I was happier. Bottom Line: This book probably isn't for everyone. I think Becca Fitzpatrick gives readers a great teen heroine, but you have to keep in mind that she is a teen. There were moments when Britt let the men in her sphere take charge and had me scratching my head at the idea that it took a man to do it. But all that aside. It was still a good book. One that made me turn the pages fast and furiously. A good take on a YA thriller. We'll see if she does more.
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
Very Good Contemporary Young Adult, Romantic Suspense Teton Mountains, Wyoming Britt Pfiffer trained so that she can backpack the Teton Range. What she isn’t prepared for is an ex-boyfriend who has decided to join her. An ex-boyfriend that still haunts her every thought. An unexpected blizzard hits before she can begin to explore her feelings for Calvin though. It also forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin and accept the hospitality of the two very handsome occupants. Unfortunately the two men are fugitives and Britt soon finds herself hostage. Britt agrees to guide them men off the mountain in exchange for her life. Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. Britt soon finds chilling evidence of a series of murder that took place on that very mountain which complicates things even more. It is also a discovery that makes Britt the killer’s next target. Nothing is as it seems though in the mountains. Everyone it seems is keeping secrets. Including Mason, one of her kidnappers. Britt is confused by his kindness and is wondering if he is an enemy or an ally. This is a book that has so many twists and turns in it that it will keep readers guessing as to just what is going on and what secrets everyone is keeping and if Britt will even manage to survive the mountains. This is a book that is hard to put down once the reader starts it as they will want to know just how it ends and they are taken on an amazing ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It's the first one in a while that I can say that about. There's mystery, intelligence, and a love interest that slowly builds and makes you fall in love, too. I couldn't put it down and continue to desperately search the "Murder Mystery Mayhem" nook section for another book that will be good enough to follow this one. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had my heart torn the whole time! Definitely on the edge of my seat. A MUST read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick was full of suspense and action. I figured out who was bad pretty early on, but the story was told so well that it didn't put a damper on my enjoyment of the story one bit. The characters are in the mountains, in a remote area, in the middle of a snowstorm. So, they have many challenges to survive, not to mention each other. There was a bit of romance thrown in the mix to amp it up, I'm not sure why I waited so long to read this. It definitely didn't disappoint. Just like Hush, Hush, Becca Fitzpatrick knows how to tell an addictive and engaging story that doesn't let you put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After falling in love w Hush Hush series, I had to see if the amazing writing continues in Ms Fitzpatrick ' s new book...and it sure does! The characters are well described so that even thou "Mason" is Britt's kidnapper i had to wonder if I had Stockholm Syndrome myself bc I definitely was cheering for the 2 main characters. What the 2 had to go thru definitely kept me reading in fear that I didn't want them to suffer more in the blizzard if I took a break. A must read by an author, who I'd recommend all her books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Need a new one from her. This book is amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by this author, and I will definitely read more in the near future! I needed a break from all the paranormal/supernatural fiction that I had been reading, and this was the perfect departure. Only 300 pages and the whole book spans only four days but it was action filled and tense the whole way. I loved seeing Britt's character change throughout the story. At the beginning of the book she was a fun girl that I would like to be friends with, by the end she was a girl I would like to be. One other thing I was surprised by was that she actually dreamed of being married before she had sex; how refreshing! Only negatives for me were that the ending was slightly cliche, and it almost seemed like the police took her word as the main evidence in the murder cases...I'm not sure the evidence they collected would be enough to convict the killer of all three murders in real life. Regardless, I would highly recommend!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holy plot twist! Loved every bit of it. I was beyond excited when she announced a new book and I had very high expectations for it, especially because the Hush, Hush series was extremely captivating. I was highly satisfied when I finished the book and only one thing I would change.  I wish the ending was not a cliche, but other than that, the book is unique and unlike her other works, which was refreshing for me since I had read her other 4 books.  
Jade_Alanna More than 1 year ago
Dark and romantic... strange combination, but good overall.
WulfLuva More than 1 year ago
“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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had such low expectations for this book but it turned out to be so good and full of surprises
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was definitely one f the best books I have ever read, its just fabulous
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a page turner...couldn't put it down!!!
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
Britt and her bestfriend Korbie are going to spend their spring break at Korbie's family cabin up in Wymoing with Korbie's older brother/Britt's ex-boyfriend, Calvin, and Krobie's boyfriend, Bear. However, on the way there an unexpected snow storm hits and the girls are stranded in the middle of nowhere. After hiking for about an hour, they find Shaun and Mason in a cabin. If it seems too good to be true, it is. Shaun and Mason are both on the run and, after telling a few white lies, instruct Britt (at gun point) to lead them off the mountain. Initially, I didn't like Britt. She took a long time to grow on me - and it wasn't until she was stranded in the middle of nowhere with Shaun and Mason that I did like her. She portrays herself as helpless and allows the men in her life to take care of it. It isn't until she can only depend on herself that she shows her true colors. Of course, during this ordeal she keeps thinking/hoping that Calvin will magically show up and save her. I wasn't crazy about her Calvin obsession, he did suddenly break-up with her without much of an explanation, but at the same time Calvin is her first love. We've all been there and given her age and the situation, it's understandable. So I can forgive her for this. I don't care much for Korbie, who calls "dibs" on Shaun despite the fact that she has a boyfriend and is in constant competition with Britt, even when they're stranded in a snow storm in the mountains. I really don't see how they're best friends, but "acted more like sisters." Maybe I just have too good a relationship with my friends and sister to get it? And maybe I have a bit of Stockholm Syndrome, bonus points to Britt for acknowledging this, but I'm a fan of Mason. And that's all I'm going to say about him because this is a story where regarding both characters and plot, it's best to go in as blindly as possible. I figured out the ending about half way through the book, but in no way did it take away my enjoyment of Black Ice. I still flew through these pages, indent on finding out what was going to happen. I was  entirely focused on the events unfolding before me and wanted nothing to do with the real world until I finished. I was up until midnight reading it and only stopped because the light was bothering my husband and my book light had died. When I woke up the next morning, I skipped my workout so I could finish the last 100 or so pages. I just had to know what was going to happen! This novel is, in my opinion, what is missing from YA: thrillers. Straight up thrillers. Not the "We need to save the world before they destory and/or enslave us!" or "We must overthrow this evil totalitarian government!" but just straight up thrillers. And that is what Becca has given us with Black Ice. An exciting and nail biting thriller that will have your heart racing and wondering what obstacle our heroine will find next in her fight to survive.
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The synopsis is a bit misleading - the book was much more a thriller than a romance. The tension and danger level kept me turning the pages. I'm not a big murder mystery fan but there was enough intrigue in this story that I was fully engaged trying to unravel the mystery and worrying about Britt's safety. The girl power thread of the story, wherein we see Britt transform from a near helpless spoiled girl to a young woman capable of fending for herself, was an added bonus. I'm usually a fantasy and dystopian fan but I strong recommend you check out Black Ice.
TheGoldenMantle More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: Britt was dumped by her boyfriend Calvin 8 months ago and now she's going to show him by hiking a 40 mile crest trail. That all seems grande until a storm causes her and her best friend to be taken hostage by two crazed murders. Now Britt has to use her skills to get off the mountain and survive the lunatics. She ends up with a bout of Stockholm Syndrome and begins to learn things about the people she trusted she never thought where possible. What I liked: I adored Britt's character. I've probably said it a million and one times  here but there's nothing that I like to see in a book more than a strong female protagonist. That doesn't mean that girls have to be super strong physically, or have some awesome power but it's great to see one who is a normal teenager overcoming crazy odds. Though Britt is wrapped up in boy drama throughout most of the book, she also learns a lot about herself and her strengths through the intense circumstances she faces. Speaking of that, holy crap! This book was incredibly suspenseful, just when I thought I had things figured out Fitzpatrick throws a freaking curve ball. All of the life and death situations the characters are in keep the book interesting while also playing towards the plot. Each situation falls into a larger puzzle culminating in an amazing ending. Sure, there are signals that let you know who the bad guy is but I still found myself wondering if Fitzpatrick would really go there and she did. What I didn't like: Korbie, Britt's best friend, felt like a throwaway character and kind of useless to the overall story. I wish she was either more flushed out or just not in the book. There were also points in the book where I felt Britt could have escaped her captors. Towards the end I just didn't understand why she was so compliant. Overall, if you like a suspenseful mystery you'll love this one. I'm a big fan of Becca Fitzpatrick and this is probably my favorite of her books. It has the perfect mix of mystery, adventure, and romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character doesn't display any depth of character until very far into the book. She's basically a helpless, whiny, naive brat and really annoyed me. She's irrationally obsessed with her ex who was clearly using her and it was kind of pathetic to read. Her relationship with her "bestfriend" is toxic and abusive, it doesn't make sense that they would be friends. However, once she finally grew a backbone and started making her own decisions the story was a more enjoyable read. While her weakness for most of the book is important in the main character's development it seemed too slow a change and the entire story suffered because of this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms-TAB More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. I read Hush Hush and I absolutely adored it. This book on the other hand was much different. In essence it was a thriller; however, there were so many motifs and themes that coursed through this book. The characters were well constructed with their flaws and strengths. Honestly, at times I forgot these characters were a work of fiction because there are truly people out there in the world like them.  In sum, I must say, this book catered to those who were looking for a light thriller created with profound thinking.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Britt and best friend Korbie are supposed to hike in the Tetons during their spring break. A storm comes up as they are driving to Korbie's parents' mountain lodge. They are stranded on the road and must find shelter. The hunting cabin they find is also occupied by two men who take them hostage in exchange for them getting the men off the mountain. When Britt realizes these are wanted men, what are the girls' lives worth? I loved this book! The suspense builds as the story goes along. I thought I knew who was guilty but the twists and turns kept me guessing. Not only is Britt battling the men but she must also battle the weather and the mountain. I was on edge as I read wanting to know who was guilty, would Britt make it. I loved Britt and eventually came to love Mason (I was predisposed to it from the beginning.) I could not stand Korbie or her brother Carl (spoiled brats who were given everything but love.) They were exactly the same and I could not see what Britt saw in them. Britt was strong physically and emotionally. She did not see herself as Mason did or as I did. She was awesome and she had a reason for everything she did. She is a good role model for young women. I enjoyed BLACK ICE and plan on reading more Becca Fitzpatrick. She writes a good tight story that leaves you wanting more.