Sunday, June 22, 2014

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Genre:  YA Thriller
Expected publication date:  October 7, 2014

Description (taken from Becca Fitzpatrick's website):
Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.

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 on that very mountain... 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?

After dealing with a terrible break-up, Britt plans a Spring Break backpacking trip with her best friend, Korbie.  But when they prepare to leave for the trip, they find out one little problem with their plan: Calvin, Korbie's older brother, has been asked to chaperone this trip.  The trip that Britt was going to use to prove her worth and get over her ex suddenly has her ex chaperoning it.  She's not going to let that stop them, they're still going to enjoy their break.  But then the weather takes a turn for the worse and leaves them stranded on the road.  Suddenly, it's a fight for finding shelter.

When Korbie and Britt find a cabin, it seems their prayers have been answered.  People will be able to offer them shelter and food until the storm dies over.  But what they get is two mysterious men, and one of them isn't very happy to let the girls in.  As Britt begins to put two and two together, she realizes these men are very dangerous.  She must use her wits to keep Korbie and herself alive.  But the men are trying to get off the mountain and avoid detection.  And the best way to do that is to use Britt as their guide.

The story-telling and the writing was excellent.  I can see how readers would love Becca Fitzpatrick's books.  But I absolutely hated the characters.  Korbie was a whiny-little snobbish-brat, and Calvin was a wounded-rich-boy-prick.  And let me tell you, I knew how the book was going to turn out about sixty pages into it.  Which made me think Britt was a little naive and dumb to keep company with bratty-rich kids.  But if we throw all of that out and stick with the budding romance and the need to survive, this story was good.  I just didn't like the main plot, and I saw right through it (I can't really gripe about it without ruining things).

This is one of those love-hate books for me.  Even though I figured it out and hated the characters, I still enjoyed the romance intertwined with the survival.  And I do think there will be people out there who will absolutely love this book and not get stuck on the characters like I did.

Thanks goes to Around the World ARC Tours for providing me a review copy.

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