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Black Ice

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Black Ice

Britt Pfeiffer, a normal teenage girl, is ready for her adventurous, challenging spring break vacation. While other teenage girls are off spending their vacations in Hawaii, Britt along with her friend Korbie will be backpacking the Teton Mountain range, which is no easy task. Britt is excited to push herself to her limits… until she gets the news that Korbie’s brother and Britt’s ex-boyfriend Calvin will be coming to chaperone.
 
But Britt and Korbie’s vacation takes a turn for the worst when they get stuck in a blizzard on the way up the mountains. With no other choice, the two girls search for shelter. When they finally reach a cabin occupied by two friendly strangers, they are overjoyed. But the men who appear to be friendly and outgoing soon reveal a much darker side when they take Britt and Korbie hostage. Faced with leading the men down the mountains or death for both herself and Korbie, Britt has no choice but to help them. Then Britt finds horrific evidence of a string of murders in the Tetons, and the fugitives Britt is forced to help look pretty suspicious. It is suddenly imperative that Calvin comes to her rescue, but the odds are looking slim. Britt needs to come to her own rescue, but what can a pampered daddy’s girl do against the murderer lurking in the Tetons?
 
 
BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick has a twisting plot line, an inspiring setting and a sense of suspense that will captivate readers. Besides Britt, you never quite know the characters’ real personalities until the very end. For the majority of the time, Britt is a realistic teenage girl and her internal struggle is one many girls can relate to. However, she can come off as slightly annoying to the reader and her conflicting emotions border on extreme at times.
 
One of the best aspects of this novel is the setting. BLACK ICE is set in the Teton Mountain Range. The Tetons are stunningly beautiful as well as deadly, and by giving her novel this location, Becca Fitzpatrick gives BLACK ICE a sense of authenticity. For readers who have visited or live by the Tetons, this novel will hit home even more. Lastly, the tone of this novel is captivating. Neither Britt nor the reader knows who the murderer is, and this heightens the suspense to an almost painful level. You may have a creeping suspicion about who the killer is, but the next moment the evidence will point to someone else. The reader has no choice but to keep reading.
 
BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick has a twisting plot line, an inspiring setting and a sense of suspense that will captivate readers. 
 
Overall, BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzaptrick is a novel full of the thrill of the Tetons and captivating suspense. Becca creates a character who, although sometimes annoying, has admirable traits and a relatable internal struggle. 

Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board Member on October 7, 2014

Black Ice
by Becca Fitzpatrick

  • Publication Date: October 7, 2014
  • Genres: Romance, Thriller, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 1442474262
  • ISBN-13: 9781442474260