blackiceBrit Pheiffer 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.

Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and 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 there and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous.

Review:

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Well. That was disappointing, to say the least. I had heard some negative things, but I was still quite excited for Black Ice. After all, the concept sounded pretty interesting and I wanted to see how things would play out! Unfortunately, Black Ice completely let me down and I’m very disappointed.

This novel centres around Brit, who is embarking on a mountain hike with her friend when she is kidnapped by two fugitives and forced to help guide them off the mountain. There was a lot of potential for great development here. Since Brit is hiking with her friends up a mountain, I expected her to be strong and brave. Instead, Britt is whiny, bland and entirely too trusting. I think this quote sums her up pretty well:

My dad was always standing by, ready to save me from even the most minor inconveniences. The truth was, I was comfortable being dependent on him—and every other man in my life.

Brit completely dependant on everyone else to provide for her, and she was quite terrible to her supposed “best friend.” I really failed to connect with her, and I couldn’t understand her motivations for doing anything.

The romance was the main issue of Black Ice for me. Brit has just been dumped by Calvin, her old boyfriend, and she can’t stop thinking about him anyways. Then she gets kidnapped by Mason and Shaun, the fugitives, and of course falls in love with Mason, who is her CAPTOR. I don’t mind books that use Stockholm syndrome, but the execution in this aspect was really disappointing. Mason had no redeeming qualities, and he was constantly rude and violent towards Brit. This was their relationship:

Mason: Stop talking or I’ll shoot you.

Britt: Hmm…he’s attractive, but not anything like Calvin.

Mason: [insert more threats here]

Britt: I can’t stop thinking about him. I wonder if he likes me.

Mason: I like you.

Britt: I love you too! We’re destined to be together, even though you’re a horrible person!

Mason: Stop talking or I’ll shoot you.

The romance really ruined the book for me. I was expecting a thriller, but instead a got a romance with a smidgen of adventure added in. That said, I didn’t mind the ending. It was pretty surprising, and a solid conclusion.

Despite the decent ending, I would definitely not recommend Black Ice. Britt was a frustrating main character, and the romance ruined the book for me. 1 star, sorry!

Have you read Black Ice? What did you think?

7 Comments on {Review} Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

  1. Keionda@Keionda Hearts Books
    May 15, 2015 at 1:18 am (2 years ago)

    That’s messed up that you didn’t like the review(and I did make me laugh a couple of times. The part with the snippet of dialogue from the two characters ) Mason sounds like a total butt head although there is something about the rude ones that always makes me want to love them even more. Not sure if this makes me a complicated person or what. Hehe
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  2. Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer
    May 15, 2015 at 3:23 am (2 years ago)

    I had heard so many negative things, and so many people were telling me not to bother with this one, that I actually didn’t hate it. Was it the mind-bending read I was hoping for it to be? No, but thankfully I didn’t despise it like I thought I was going to. I’m with you on the romance though. I didn’t like that aspect of the story. At all. And although it’s been ages since I read the book, I remember greatly disliking Britt’s best friend as well. She was terrible from memory! Hope your next read is better. ^_^
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  3. Elle @ Lost In Wonderland
    May 15, 2015 at 4:02 am (2 years ago)

    Despite hearing quite a few negative things about the book, I was still going to give it a go. But I’m not so sure now haha. Your review has definitely pointed out some aspects that I’m not going to enjoy about the main character or the ‘romance’. Great Review, your summary of Mason and Brit’s relationship made me giggle 🙂
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  4. emily @ for the bookish
    May 15, 2015 at 6:50 am (2 years ago)

    I’m so sorry this didn’t fulfill your expectations! When I read the synopsis in your post, it sounded SO GOOD. And then I saw the 1 star and I was like “Whaaat?!” O.o It’s too bad. I don’t think I’d like this book, either. 🙁

    That said, the dialogue you had with Brit and Mason cracked me up! I think the MC, Brit, might actually make me laugh instead of get mad at her. When I read a 1 star (well, if I begin a 1-star. I don’t usually finish books like that), I laugh at the characters and then get rid of the books. “Ha-ha, you think you’re worthy of me reading you?! Hello, buh-bye, I’m so at the library again.”
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  5. Cynthia
    May 15, 2015 at 12:52 pm (2 years ago)

    This one was on my TBR list at some point, but I just heard so many bad things about it that I decided it wasn’t worth it. I am sorry you didn’t enjoy it.
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  6. Zoe @ Stories on Stage
    May 16, 2015 at 8:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Okay. I’ll be completely honest here: I’m not really surprised you didn’t like this one Jessica. I too was hoping it would be better than Hush, Hush but it doesn’t sound like it was. 😐 Sorry this was such a disappointment, but thank you for the honest review nonetheless.
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