Books That We Are Insanely Looking Forward To Read 4 - Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Once again, I'm late with this post, I'm really sorry, I wasn't at home at the weekend, but I'm here now and so is it, the next can't wait book of 2014, titled Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick. I'm a huuuge fan of Becca and I'm obsessed with Hush, hush, I've read it at least a billion times, and I was just wandering on her Goodreads page on the other day, when I stumbled upon this new book, which will come out October 7.

Genre: Young Adult, mystery
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Expected day of publishing: October 7, 2014
Pages: 400


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?

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…

My thoughts:

The cover:

In my opinion, it's a very smashing cover. I love the black background and the blizzard, they allude to the somber atmosphere of the book. In the background, you can see a few trees, probably a forest, and a bridge with a train on it, which imply that it's likely not the top of the mountain, but the side of it. There is a boy in the foreground, in front of the forest, who is most likely Britt's ex-boyfriend, Calvin and he's looking for her. With the wisp of fog coming out of his mouth and the grandiose slate blue letters, the whole cover is really impressive. There's a text bottom of it, which reads 'Danger is hard to resist' . I'm not sure what it means yet, according to the synopsis she doesn't stroll into the jeopardy on purpose, but of course I don't know the story yet, however I hope it's not just a catchy headline, but means something. I'm not really fond of those headlines which only exist to pique people's interest and have no connection with the plot. 

The story:

Britt Pfeiffer, our female protagonist, just broke up with her boyfriend and she can't get rid of the memories and thoughts of Calvin. She has trained to backpack the Teton Range and is about to hike it, but she did not expect that Calvin would want to go with her. Let's stop here for a few minutes. I don't know who wanted to split up but if it was Calvin, it would be a rather intriguing topic why he changes his mind later. Although it's just speculation, if the decision was Britt's, that's a whole different situation and in that case forget I said anything, but since the blurb says she can't banish him from her mind, my first guess would be the first scenario. Unless it really was her who wanted to break up, and she thinks it was a mistake. Okay, I stopped. Let's carry on with the plot. But where was I? Oh, yeah, Calvin wants to go with her. Since the next sentence reads "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.", it's obvious that for some reason Calvin doesn't join her. The why behind it is another interesting point but maybe it's less complicated than I make it and Britt simply just refuses his intention. In the mountains, a blizzard erupts and she forced to seek a shelter where she can wait until it ceases. There's a cabin there, probably the only one nearby, but it's already taken by two - handsome - men. Albeit they are willing to harbor her. What a luck. Or not. They are escapee and take her hostage, although there is a way out of the situation. If she leads them off the mountain, they let her go. I would like to stop again for a little while. Why can't they go off the mountain by themselves? It can't be that hard if she managed to climb up, can it? However, the synopsis says she has trained, so it may not be that easy as well. Nevertheless it's still hard for me to comprehend that they can't think of anything to get down without help. Still, in my point of view, there must be something else to it what keeps them from leaving. Also, I'd be curious who comes up with the idea of the exchange, but it's not such an important detail. The next sentence claims that she knows she must stay alive until Calvin finds her, which brings up the question how he learns that she's in trouble. Maybe when she does not come back for a longer time than she should or somehow she manages to send him a signal, which I definitely doubt, or he goes after her since she left him at home and he doesn't give up on joining her. The point is, she will need strong nerves, because she cannot know that he is on his way to save her. At least it is not probable. And she finds proof of murder which makes it even more difficult. But one of the kidnappers seems to be kind. Of course, it is for having a very mysterious, obscure thread in the story but I have to admit, it works, it's basically shouting for getting revealed. 

Before Reading Rating:

Cover: 5/5

Characters: 4/5 (We don't get a lot of information.)

Plot: 5/5

Overall Before Reading Rating:     

Becca Fitzpatrick grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden with a flashlight under the covers. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she's most likely prowling sale racks for reject shoes, running, or watching crime dramas on TV. She is the author of the bestselling HUSH, HUSH Saga. Her new book BLACK ICE arrives in bookstores everywhere October 7, 2014.

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