March 16, 2015

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Publication: October 7, 2014 by Simon & Schuster

Source: An advanced copy provided by the publisher in return for my honest review. Thank you!

Summary:

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 there... 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?


My Thoughts:

This book entertained me and kept me guessing. I really enjoyed the mystery elements and how I could not trust anyone, but the book does have some flaws.

With this book, everything good that I like about it, there is something that I don't like so much.
I was very intrigued by the characters and their motives. I couldn't wait to find out the truth. However, the main character is a little vanilla. She did not have any qualities that made me really like her, she was just there. She also says/does some things that are annoying and frustrating.
The mysterious men really kept me interested in the story, but still they are not extremely compelling.

The plot captivated me at first, but there are definitely developments that are unrealistic and predictable. Although, the plot line is creative and I appreciate that.
There is a romance that I didn't buy into. I guess I can understand where Britt is coming from, but everything is so sketchy. Romantic feelings would the last thing on my mind if I were her.

The pacing in the story is a little weird. The beginning and end have a good bit of action and kept me on the edge of my seat, but the middle drags out. I think some parts could have been cut out and the book shorter. I did end up reading this in a day. I like the writing style, it was fast for me to read and it captured my attention, but I could still feel when the pacing dragged.

For me, this book provided a unique story that really piqued my interest. I wanted to keep reading to figure out everything and to see what happened to Britt and the characters. On the other hand, there are undeniable weaknesses in the characters and plot that hindered my enjoyment. Mostly, the book did not make me feel any strong emotions toward it, good or bad.






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