Genre: Young Adult – Thriller
Target Audience: 12+
Rating: D- (26%)
Goodreads Rating: 2/5
Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.
Britt 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?
I want to start with a lil’ disclaimer. I have read Becca Fitpatrick’s Hush Hush before and I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. So whatever I say is in no way against the author, but rather just my opinion on the book.
Now that’s out of the way, LET’S MOVE IT!
Black Ice is an older novel for its genre released in 2014. I know that Young Adult thrillers have existed long before this one but it’s the first time a well-known author has brought light to the genre. Young Adult thrillers don’t get a lot of attention, and I don’t understand why. I don’t really know any authors that have released a YA thriller and gotten mostly positive reviews.
In 2017 Stephanie Perkins, known for her contemporary trilogy, Anna and the French Kiss (a truly adorable series) released a thriller called There’s Someone Inside Your House, and whilst I was a fan there were plenty that didn’t really like it. What I’m trying to say is that the YA thriller genre is a hard genre to get right.
Black Ice was a good story. The idea behind it was good, I just wasn’t a fan of the execution. I loved that Becca Fitzpatrick wrote this in a time when YA thriller wasn’t a known genre. I like that she crafted this novel and although I didn’t like it, a close friend of mine loved it. It’s still a good story.
Anywhooo, I’ll move on from that tangent and get to the bulk of the review.
Did I like this novel? Would I recommend it to anyone? No. It just simply wasn’t my cup of tea. You might be wondering, ‘but Tash, you just said that you love thrillers’ and correct you are! I do love thrillers, just not this one.
I didn’t like the characters. They begin distasteful and by the end they just seem naive. They aren’t relatable at all, I’ve never read a thriller before where I wishing for the death of the main characters. Hoping that their untimely death is the plot twist at the end. I can’t tell you whether it was or it wasn’t 😛
The characters were self-centred, rich bitches. They didn’t seem to have an ounce of compassion or care. It just was me, me, me.
I found the plot, on top of the terrible characters, to be predictable. Sometimes predictability isn’t a bad thing. Sometimes it’s what a book needs, but this plot was entirely predictable. I knew who the killer was before the half-way point. That doesn’t make for a great thriller, because I want to be surprised!
However there was one plot twist. A character went missing throughout this novel. He just up and poofed! I still want to know what happened to him, so if I could pick one person to be in this story, it would be him.
I feel as if solid research hasn’t been achieved on the climate of this mountain. Maybe this is my poor interpretation, but I don’t think so. This mountain is hella cold, it’s snowing for christ sake but they’re wearing minimal warm gear. There are also smaller plot holes in this novel that I can’t mention without giving the story away, so if you choose to read this book, look out for those.
Honestly, there isn’t much I can say in regards to what I enjoyed in this novel. I originally gave this novel a three out of five stars but that was solely because I felt bad for my friend who adored it. I’ve adjusted my rating to 2 out of 5.
The break down of my rating:
Style & Tone: 3/10
Enjoyment Factor: 2/10