Sunday, 12 October 2014

Black Ice - Becca Fitzpatrick

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Date of Release:  7 October 2014
Number of Pages: 400
Edition: E-Book
Publisher: Simon and Schuster (UK)
Also by this author: Hush, Hush series

Book Girl Rating: * * * *

Synopsis:  A thrilling novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, Black Ice follows teenager Britt Pfeiffer, a normally straight-edged and unadventurous girl, as she embarks on a trip exploring the Teton mountain range.  Eager to impress her ex-boyfriend, Britt and her best friend embark on a trip up the mountains.  But when things go awry and the weather begins to change, Britt finds herself stranded.  The girls' only hope lies in a small cabin and two young men, she hopes will help. But can they be trusted?  What other secrets does the mountain hold?  Are these men enemies or allies?  Britt has to learn a new independence and strength, if she and Korbie are to make it off the mountain alive..

This novel sparks a new genre for one of my favourites, Becca Fitzpatrick and a turn away from her usual paranormal thriller/romances.  So it was with much excitement (and slight trepidation) that I started reading Black Ice...
Buckle your metaphorical seat belts for another suspense filled ride into the unknown...

I thought this book was incredible.  It took a little bit of getting used to, but once I was a quarter of the way through, I was hooked.

Now, the characters.  I didn't initially love this book and that was for one reason alone -  I didn't instantly warm to the characters.  Normally, Becca creates incredibly likeable, strong, passionate characters. Take Nora, from Hush, Hush for example - I instantly loved her, she was self-effacing, modest, kind.  But Britt, she sort of gets your back up before you really get to know her.  She has too much of a helpless, little girl kind of vibe about her.  But as the story progresses, she grows and develops.  I really didn't like Korbie, all the 'one upping' her best friend, even at 17 years old - it's childish.  Her brother, Calvin (Britt's ex) comes across as slightly misunderstood, but arrogant and a bit of an arse too.  I felt angry at Britt for being so obtuse, transparent and vulnerable towards a guy who had basically treated her really badly.  

The characters of Mason (Ace) and Shaun were harder to pin down.  I jumped to the conclusion that Shaun was the incredible monster that Becca quite immediately wrote him to be but the story slowly taught me that most characters aren't quite what they seem, or in some cases they're more than they seem.  She also taught me that some of the main characters had an incredible ability to grow beyond themselves.  I instantly liked Mason, but his character definitely had some twists and turns and was hard to judge his real nature at times.
The book quickly dives into the girls getting lost and it's difficult at times to say where it's going, apart from a few slightly predictable turns, it just gets better as it progresses.  You begin to realise that the judgements you might make about one character aren't quite accurate and the last quarter of the book just gets better, spilling secret after secret into the reader's mind...
Overall, it's a great read from Becca. I didn't enjoy it as much as the Hush, Hush series but I think that was more because my beloved Nora and Patch were missing.  It probably outdoes those books in character development (Nora never really needed any help).  It was a great thrill-ride of a story, an enjoyable read from a fantastically talented author. 

Becca Fitzpatrick has an incredible way of building up a story quickly, not too fast, but fast enough that you become swiftly enthralled in the events.  She has an ability to throw curve balls into the mix and take the plot down unknown roads, which keeps the reader guessing and adds a great suspenseful edge to the story.  She didn't disappoint with Black Ice, it was everything a thriller needed to be, edgy,  exciting, scary!

If you enjoyed Becca's previous books or enjoy a good romance-infused thriller, give this a go!

In My Mailbox - No.14

Being back in the world of blogging is a lovely feeling and I now present to you my fourteenth In My Mailbox (IMM).  All of these books were purchased this week (one I've already finished!) and intend to read the rest over the next week.   

It's been a while but this idea was initially from Kristi at  The Story Siren. All synopses are taken from Amazon descriptions!

Here's what I've had in my (virtual!) mailbox this week: 

Enticing cover...
The Killing Woods - Lucy Christopher

Emily's dad is accused of killing a teenage girl. She's sure he's innocent, and is determined to discover the truth of what happened. But her journey leads her to discover that dangerous games are being played in the woods at night ...  

I read Lucy's first book, Stolen, back in 2010 and I was absolutely captivated by her writing.  Her first person account of teenage kidnapping was an incredibly gripping read.  I re-read it on Kindle this week and there was a snippet of The Killing Woods included and it sounded great! Er...sold!  

Black Ice - Becca Fitzpatrick

Britt Pfeiffer has never been that adventurous, but that's about to change. Wanting to impress her ex-boyfriend, Britt convinces best friend, Korbie, to take a trekking trip with her. But when a freak storm leaves the girls stranded they seek shelter in a cabin, where they find two knights in shining armour. Or so they think.
Britt quickly realises that the girls need to get off the mountain, fast. In exchange for her life, she is forced to guide the boys down, and as they set out on a harrowing journey through the cold and snow, Britt realises the only way to escape with her life is to pretend she is on their side. But is gorgeous, sexy Mason an enemy or an ally? Tension mounts, and it's only a matter of time before things turn deadly . . .               

I am such a huge fan of Becca's Hush, Hush series.  I loved all four books and recently finished Finale.  I was absolutely thrilled to see that I could pre-order this next book a few months ago and immediately did so.  It was silently delivered to my Kindle on the 7th October and I haven't been able to put it down since.  I literally finished reading it about two hours ago and the review is already in progress.  Stay tuned!