Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 7th 2014)
Hardcover: 392 pages
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Rating: 2 of 5 stars
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?
I thought the Hush, Hush series was weird but an okay series (angels and demons aren’t my thing), but I couldn’t pass up to read Black Ice because I’m a big contemporary fan. The cover is a bit deceiving because it did made me almost pass it up. Normally a contemporary book features the main couple kissing of sorts…the kind that you’d be embarrassed to flash out to the public, but for Black Ice the cover is so much darker. Anyways, Black Ice is set up the same format as the Hush, Hush saga; we get a bit of the background before the story begins so it’s confusing because it’s a different narrator.
I wasn’t sure if I liked Britt or not. While she was smart and can come up with solutions to get her out of the mountains, I didn’t really trust her judgement when it came to love. Britt is a bit naive, but her friend Korbie was even more so. I couldn’t stand how they were trying impress the guy who kidnapped them when they should be more aware of the atmosphere in staying alert. Apparently they don’t take the don’t talk to strangers advice well especially when a hot guy is in the area.
Even though we’re supposed to perceive Mason as a “nice” guy he does things that not only Britt’s dad would not approve, but also readers would not approve. Sure he seems like a charmer at first sight, but there’s more to him under the surface. He’s supposed to be a good guy and even though he feels remorse at the things he did it doesn’t justify him to being a good guy. I really hate how authors make the supposedly bad guy turn out to be alright in the end. It’s a manipulative feeling especially when the said good guy let Britt and Korbie kidnapped. And that love triangle. I really really wanted to like Calvin, but that twist at the end made me dislike everyone. This one was especially not my cup of tea. They both have “nice” appearances but they have secrets that make you wish you stayed as far away as you possibly can.
The characters were tolerable and I enjoyed the suspense.