Sunday, 21 September 2014

Review: Black Ice

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Rating: 1 star

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?

My Thoughts:

 DNF 45%

Please note that this review is based on an uncorrected advance reader's copy and is subject to change. Also this review contains some minor spoilers.

I have been in a ginormous reading slump for the last three weeks. I have barley touched a book in that time period because I am just so damn tired and sick and busy with schoolwork and family drama and Lord know what else. I finally have a day free and what am I stuck with? This.

I don't even know where to start with this review... everything was just so wrong! I was begging for it to be over by the time I reached the 10% mark.

Lets start with our main character, Britt. She's a bitch. Sorry, is that a bit harsh? She is mean, self-centred, spiteful, whiny idiot. Is that better?

The first problem I had with Britt was how childish she acted about her break up with her ex, Calvin. I understood that it was have been a very awkward situation with him being her best friend's brother but seriously? She really didn't need to drip slurppy over his car seats and steal his CD collection to "get back at him". That is plain old spiteful and immature. She isn't going to convince him to come back to her if she keeps that up - and wasn't that her plan all along?

Then we have the "friendship" debacle. The way Britt and her "bestie", Korbie, Calvin's sister, treated each other was horrible. It wasn't a friendship at all. They tormented each other and said mean things on purpose to get a rise out of the other one. They were practically bullying each other!

"It was times like these [Korbie makes fun of Britt's choice of car]
that I had to stop and remind myself why Korbie and I were friends."

"'I [Korbie] cannot drive stick.'

I [Britt] knew this, and making her admit it didn't improve my mood like I'd hoped."
On their trip up to the cabin where they plan on holidaying for the Spring Break, a storm starts and the snow is too thick to drive through. The girls become stranded and lost, they wander to a nearby house and ask the men there if they can stay overnight. While they aren't the warmest greeters, they obliged. Korbie however treats them like they are her servants. She makes fun of them, is rude to them and demands services from them. This isn't what you do when someone is nice enough to offer you help!

"'So tell me what are you girls doing up here in the mountains alone?'
'Starving,' Korbie announced bluntly. 'Its dinnertime. Can we eat and then talk?'"

"'Go work your magic,' Korbie encouraged him with a shoo of her wrist. 'But you're own your own. I don't do manual labour, cooking included. And don't bother asking Britt for help either. She's even worse at cooking than I am.'"
I'm sorry but you cannot just demand they make you dinner and then refuse to help.

She then didn't like what they cooked her...
"Shaun [one of the men] gave an aggravated snort. 'Beggars cannot be choosers.'
'Well, I'd rather starve then eat that.'"

"'If we're talking about washing dishes, I'm out,' Korbie said."
Then she refuses to even wash the dishes... what is wrong with her? Was she raised by wolves?

In the cabin Korbie attempts to flirt with Shaun... even though she has a steady boyfriend named Bear.
"'It'll be fun, the four of us holed up here together,' Korbie assured them. 'We can snuggle to conserve body heat,' she added with a giggle.
"Korbie looked relieved. 'You [Britt] didn't try to flirt with him [Shaun]?'
'And what if I did?" I said defensively.
'I have dibs.'
'You have Bear.'
'Bear and I are going to different colleges in the fall... so we aren't forever. What's the point of being completely loyal when I know relationship is going to end?'

How about the fact you made a commitment. The relationship isn't over yet! Break up with him if your aren't interested in him, don't cheat because you are too scared to!

The rest of the book was simply ridiculous. Britt constantly pined for Calvin although Korbie oh-so-kindly *cough cough* informs Britt that he cheated on her and she knew about it this whole time.

"'You and Calvin were hardly the exemplary couple.'
I turned, backing myself against the countertop to face her head on. 'What are you talking about?'
'He kissed Rachel. At my pool party last summer.'
I gasped. 'Rachel Snavley"?'
Korbie raised her eyebrows superiorly. 'Nobody's perfect, Britt. Get over it.'

I cannot deal with anymore of this. I am over it.

Note: a copy was provided courtesy of Becca Fitzpatrick and Simon & Schuster (Australia), through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given or taken during this process.

*Release: 7th of October, 2014


  1. Oh wow, you really didn't like this book! I haven't read any books by Becca, the author, and I am fully intending to try her so highly rated Hush, Hush series. But I have only seen positive reviews for this so this review was a surprise. I will certainly approach this book with an open mind now...

    1. No, I didn't have much luck with it at all! I want to read her Hush, Hush series still! I still am yet to see any positive reviews about this book. Maybe you'll have more luck than me though!

      Rachel @ Rachel's Reading Corner