Black Ice

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Black Ice

Publication date: October 7th 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Number of pages: 400

Series: N/A

Genre: YA Thriller/Mystery

Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis:

Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, theNew York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Brit 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.

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Review:

Black Ice just gave me the chills.

I haven’t read many suspense/thriller books before. I just haven’t really come across one or gone out of my way to read one. I know of quite a few YA suspense books but I just haven’t really been motivated enough to pick one up.

Really though, I read this in less than a day. An afternoon even. I wasn’t rushing through it or anything, it’s just one of those books where you can sit yourself down and watch the story unfurl in front of your eyes.

I genuinely had no idea which of the three guys did it. I suspected each them at one point. Just when I was like ‘Aha! I knew it was you!’ one of the other two guys would do something suspicious or something guilty about their past would be revealed. Although, I did have more trust in Mason more than the other two.

The main thing that attracted me to Black Ice would have been the author. Unlike a few other book bloggers I know, I am a fan of Becca Fitzpatrick’s ‘Hush, Hush’ series and I was pretty sure I would like this one. My expectations weren’t huge, but they were at around a four star review. I think this is actually a little better than I expected, even if this is actually a four star review. So I’d say it surpassed my expectations.

I’m just going to say that I wasn’t a huge fan of the relationship between the main character and any of the guys. Whether it was the one between her and her ex-boyfriend or the one between her and Mason. I just wasn’t sold.

Another problem I had was that I struggled with the idea that the main character and her best friend just went into a house with two strange older boys that hadn’t (really) previously met. I mean, haven’t you heard of ‘stranger danger’ and all that? I understand their options were limited, but not completely to the choice they made.

Another thing I did like, however it’s a little strange, was the constant feeling that something was wrong. I thought it really built to the atmosphere of the book.

And that ending! Perfetto.

I would definitely recommend Black Ice to fans and non-fans of Hush, Hush. It’s very different and in that sense incomparable. The story is good and wouldn’t even make a bad read on Halloween.

4/5 comets
Meteor shower. A great show. 

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Goodreads author bio:

Becca FitzpatrickBecca 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.

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Crescendo (Hush, Hush, #2)This is the sequel to Hush, Hush. Don’t worry – no spoilers below!

GoodReads blurb: Nora Grey’s life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn’t pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He’s more elusive than ever (if that’s possible) and what’s worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora’s archenemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn’t been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him – despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.

If that weren’t enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything – and everyone – she trusts.

Review:

Crescendo is the perfect thrilling sequel to Hush, Hush. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Hush, Hush but I feel that is at the fault of myself.

The reason I didn’t like this book as much as Hush, Hush is probably because I had forgotten a lot of things that had previously happened and needed a bit of a memory jogger. If you are reading the Hush, Hush series I definitely recommend you read them close together.

But aside from that, I really loved it. There are a couple of twists in this book which I had not seen coming and definitely made reading it more worthwhile. Let me tell you, that ending was one of my favourites for a long time (I love cliffhangers!) so I can’t wait to read Silence!

If you haven’t yet picked up this series, then please do. Do not be completely put off by any negative reviews of Hush, Hush, just take them into consideration.

Highly enjoyed,
4.5/5 stars.

About the author (from GoodReads):

Becca FitzpatrickBecca 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.

 

Counting the Stars 10#

counting the stars

Wow! Early this week!

Rules:

  • Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it)
  • Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
  • Try to post titles under at least a few of the catergories below

Books I bought:

None again! Although, I think I may be buying a book after this *shakes head shamefully*

Gifted:

I am so grateful for this! I can’t WAIT to read it!

  • Blood Red Road by Moira YoungBlood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)

Won:

Zilch

For review:

I am super excited for a couple of these:

  • The Genesis by K. L. KerrThe Genesis (Blood of Ages, #1)
  • Forbidden: Discover the Legend by Tina SmithForbidden: Discover the Legend (Wolf Sirens, #1)
  • End Dayz by Kellie SheridanEnd Dayz (The Hitchhiker Strain, #0.5)
  • Fae by C. J. AbediFae
  • More by T. M. FranklinMore
  • Deadly Designs by Dale MayerDeadly Designs (Design, #2)
  • Slumber by Tamara BlakeSlumber

Read and reviewed:

  • The Bagman by Rachael RipponThe Bagman (The Abigail Cobble Trilogy, #1)
  • Double by Jenny ValentineDouble
  • The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess RothenbergThe Catastrophic History of You and Me
  • Crescendo by Becca FitzpatrickCrescendo (Hush, Hush, #2)

To be read:

I am extremely happy because I have decided I am going to aim to read more this week – which means tackling that huge pile of books I have to read that have been piling up is going to slowly go down.

  • The Selection by Kiera CassThe Selection (The Selection, #1)
  • Ink Exchange by Melissa MarrInk Exchange (Wicked Lovely, #2)
  • The Summoning by Kelley ArmstrongThe Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)
  • Fragile Eternity by Melissa MarrFragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3)
  • Unearthly by Cynthia HandUnearthly (Unearthly, #1)
  • Struck by Jennifer BosworthStruck (Struck, #1)
  • Radiant Shadows by Melissa MarrRadiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely, #4)
  • Heist Society by Ally CarterHeist Society (Heist Society, #1)
  • Darkest Mercy by Melissa MarrDarkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely, #5)

Yeah, somehow I don’t think I’ll read them all this week. However, I am aiming to at least get half way through Unearthly.

Currently reading:

  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (I am currently on page 420. Seriously, this is such an amazing book. If you have not read this trilogy yet – I command you to try it. But it’s better if you read it with the Mortal Instruments series. If you want the reading order, comment below)Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)