Thursday, June 4, 2015

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

    Title: Black Ice
    Classification: Young Adult Fiction
    Genre: Suspense/Mystery
    Format: Hardcover; 400 pages
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 7, 2014)
    ISBN-10: 1442474262
    ISBN-13: 978-1442474260
    Author's Website:
    Notes: I bought this one.

Two friends, Korbie and Britt, are spending spring break hiking the Grand Teton Mountains. As they journey to Korbie's family cabin, a storm moves in and their jeep becomes stranded on the road. Afraid their car is not the safest place to stay in such cold weather, they go in search of shelter. When they come across a house occupied by two handsome guys not much older than they are they think they've encountered a bit of good luck, Unfortunately, their nightmare is just about to begin... Young women in the area have mysteriously disappeared and Britt and Korbie are about to find out what happened to them.
This was actually a pretty decent book, but it was slightly marred by an extremely annoying main character. I've often heard others complain about annoying main characters, but this was a first for me. Britt going on and on about how great her ex-boyfriend, Calvin, was just got on my nerves and I almost stopped reading. I kept thinking, "Seriously? The guy dumps you in a rather rude way and you can't stop going on and on about how great he is? Gah!" I get that Britt still has mixed feelings about her ex and hasn't had true closure, but still...

What I did like was the mystery behind everything going on and the way things slowly unfolded. I enjoyed the twists and turns and how not everything was as simple as it first appeared. I liked how Britt grew as an individual even though she made a lot of bad decisions along the way. Granted, there were some startling moments where realization suddenly sunk in as to what was going on and I'm not sure how I would have fared in her shoes.

My favorite quotes:
- "They never tell you that when you watch someone you once loved dying, hovering between this life and the next, it’s twice as painful, because you’re reliving two lives that traveled one road together."

-'“You’re damn right I’m jealous,” he growled. “When I kiss a girl, I like to know she’s thinking about me, not the fool who gave her up.”'

Overall, I gave this one 3 out of 5 roses. It was a fast paced suspenseful story with a very annoying main character that brought the overall rating down. When you're tempted to put your fingers in your ears and you're not listening to the audio version you know it's a bad sign. So while still a very good story that I liked, I was slightly disappointed with this one.

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