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!

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