2014 EVENTS:
Holly Bourne, Non Pratt and James Dawson - 30th October
Becca Fitzpatrick - 15th November

Thursday, 5 February 2015

GUEST REVIEW: Black Ice - Becca Fitzpatrick

Thursday, 5 February 2015
PAGES: 400
PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster
FORMAT: Hardback
BUY IT: Waterstones
RATING: 3 Stars

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...

I read this book a few weeks ago, so this review probably won’t be the best (New Year’s resolution: to write reviews straight after I finish a book). 

Black ice is essentially a very cliché ‘Stockholm syndrome’ kind of book. Two best friends, Britt ad Korbie are going to the mountains for spring break and end up in some strangers’ house because they got stuck on the road. But they soon find out that those strangers aren’t exactly the nicest of people (this is why you shouldn’t go into people’s houses) and they try to break away from the two men with little success. 

Britt ends up on the mountains, guiding the two men, alone without Korbie- and that’s when everything begins to unfold and the real drama occurs.

Compared to the hush hush series, Black ice isn’t as great, or as gripping. Britt was quite annoying at some points and made silly decisions- and her feelings for Calvin were a little nauseating. I felt like slapping Korbie pretty much throughout the whole book, she was definitely an infuriating character. The only person that I probably did like was Mason. 

Some of the events that took place were very farfetched and unrealistic, and the ending was very predictable and boring.

But with the negatives out the way, I did really enjoy this book. And at the end of the day that’s what really matters, being pulled into a book and not being able to put it down no matter how cliché it is. Black ice was very gripping and it catch my attention- it isn’t the kind of book that I could just put to the side and not finish because I had to know what was going to happen. 

Although the book was a little disappointing compared to hush hush, I would still definitely recommend it as it is quite enjoyable. 

I don’t want it to seem like I’m hating on Becca Fitzpatrick, because she’s such a lovely person and her writing is definitely way better than mine or many others that I have seen. But I do believe that she could have perfected black ice a little more.

- Maryam.

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