Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Review of Black Ice

Black Ice
By Becca Fitzpatrick


Britt Pfeiffer has never been that adventurous, but that's about to change. Wanting to impress her ex-boyfriend, Britt convinces best friend, Korbie, to take a trekking trip with her. But when a freak storm leaves the girls stranded they seek shelter in a cabin, where they find two knights in shining armour. Or so they think.
Britt quickly realises that the girls need to get off the mountain, fast. In exchange for her life, she is forced to guide the boys down, and as they set out on a harrowing journey through the cold and snow, Britt realises the only way to escape with her life is to pretend she is on their side. But is gorgeous, sexy Mason an enemy or an ally? Tension mounts, and it's only a matter of time before things turn deadly . . .
Dark and adrenaline-filled, Black Ice will have you on the edge of your seat right until the final twist.

Source: Amazon
My rating: 4.8 / 5

My Thoughts:

*I received a free ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
After reading the Hush Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick I knew that Black Ice would be a very good read, but I expected there to be a soppy, forbidden love somewhere along the line. Forbidden love there was but soppy it most definitely was not. I just wish the cover was more appealing, it really does not do the book any justice!

In the past year there have been several incidents where a girl has gone missing and either found dead in the mountains, or is expected to be dead. However, all these incidents are being treated as either accidents or murders. The police aren't paying too much attention to these deaths and neither is anyone else for that matter. People die in the wilderness all the time, don't they?

Britt has been preparing for her backpacking trip all year, trying to get over being dumped by her best friend Korbie's brother Calvin almost 8 months ago when he left for Stanford and broke up with her over the phone. On the day of the trip she discovers that Calvin will be chaperoning and Britt is excited but dreading it at the same time. She's been hurt by Calvin but she misses him dreadfully too and has no idea what to do about her conflicting emotions. On the way to the mountains, Britt and Korbie are caught in the snow storm and cannot reach their destination. Although Calvin and Korbie's boyfriend are on their way too, Britt is worried that she took a wrong turn and it is very unlikely that they will find them. Looking for shelter, the girls come across two strangers in a cabin, but they have no idea that they are in more danger in the cabin rather than out in the storm.

I haven't read a good, thrilling mystery in a while and this was definitely that. I only started reading it yesterday and it kept me up most of the night because I couldn't figure out who was the killer. Just when I felt I knew who it was, something would change in the story, making me doubt myself. Shaun was the most brutal, and the immediate suspect because he definitely acted like he had tipped off the edge, but Mason has a dark, secretive side too, and what was with his bipolar personality?! One minute he was happily helping a stranger out by pretending to be her boyfriend in front of her jerk of an ex, and the next minute he was so hostile and cold. And he had an uncanny talent of lying and being able to hide his emotion. Then there's Calvin, who Britt has known and adored all her life. Calvin is very charming and always saved Britt but has  had a troubling childhood, and the past stories of his always shed a darkness on him. For a minute, I even suspected Korbie's boyfriend Bear, his name certainly suggests it!

A fantastic read, with a teasing romance here and there, Becca outdoes herself yet again.

Zed (:

Favourite Quotes:

Calvin cocked his head at me. "When we were together, did I ever take off for a week without telling you?"
You took off for eight months, I thought snidely. And broke up with me on the most important night of my life. Jesus said forgive, but there's always room for an exception.

"I hate you," I said miserably.
"Yeah, you said that. Let's go."

"It's purple."
"You told me Bear hates purple."
She made an exasperated gesture. "That's why I'm wearing it. To help him change his mind. If he sees how great I look in purple, he'll realize he loves it."

"Everyone needs secrets. They keep us vulnerable."
"Why would anyone want to be vulnerable?"
"To keep their guard up, so they don't get sloppy."

If I was scared, it was outweighed by a reason to live. And that reason was looking me straight in the eye.

They say that when you're about to die your life flashes before your eyes. 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 travelled one road together.

I couldn't let him know that my heart felt like it was being severed in two. How could I be hurting so badly when the connection between us was imaginary?

"Where are we?" she asked groggily.
"We're going hunting for abalone," Caz said. What's abalone? she mouthed back at me.
"Sea snails," I answered.
"Ah," Caz said wisely. "We are hunting for sea snails, which may or may not be code for something else."
I never asked him how long he could hold his breath. Whatever his record, I had him beat. I'd been holding mine for a year.
"We don't have to talk about him," Caz said. "But if he broke your heart, I will rip out his soul and feed it to my family's pet pig, Big Ol' Pig."


  1. This book is my Waiting on Wednesday pick this week! I cannot wait for it and I absolutely agree with you on the cover. You wouldn't really know what the book is about from that blob of darkness on the cover.... My glad to hear that the mystery kept you guessing :) I seriously cannot wait!

    Eileen @ BookCatPin

  2. Hi Eileen, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!