Sometimes danger is hard to see...until it’s too late.
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?
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Number of Pages: 392
Reviewed by Rachel, age 18
I read this book in two sittings. This is important to know, as I can't even remember the last book I read in two sittings (dare I say it was Twilight?). Black Ice has officially made my top recommendation for fall. It releases in October and will be the perfect chilly thriller for those cooling autumn nights!
I might even go so far as to say this was my favorite read of 2014, right there next to The Winner's Curse. This is a romantic thriller, equal parts adventuresome, coming of age, scary and swoony. The main character, Britt, starts out as a privileged middle class senior-to-be who has always relied on her dad, brother and ex-boyfriend to take care of her. But then she decides she wants to hike the Tetons--40 miles of it. It's something she's trained all year for, but only in hopes to impress her ex-boyfriend who left her high and dry that previous fall.
That's where this book begins to take so many layers. Things, obviously, do not go according to plan. Her and her best friend never make it to their intended destination because of a storm and are forced to hike and seek shelter before a real blizzard hits. They find a cabin with two young men, one who is inviting and the other who seems to want nothing to do with them. They're hiding something...and they take the girls hostage.
The stakes are so high in this book. Which means that the characters must be clever. Britt, who before now had always acted helpless because she had men to lean on, is forced to take care of herself for once--her life depends on it. Her transformation throughout the four days in the book is remarkable--something I could totally see happening in reality. I connected with her on so many levels.
And the main guy? Mason? Holy. Shit. I love this man. He has skyrocketed to one of my favorite YA love interests of all time. He's totally the kind of guy I'd fall for. And yes, he's very mysterious, but also unsettlingly smart. The unraveling of his story is the very center of the plot and it's so intriguing. Can Britt trust him? It's just as much of a battle for the reader to trust him too!
Do I recommend this book? Oh gosh, for so many reasons. If I could share my ARC with everyone, I would. There was literally nothing disappointing about this book. The ending was not picture-perfect. But it wouldn't have been satisfying if it were, because it wouldn't have been realistic. Things panned out as they would have if it really happened--but don't get me wrong, you will be satisfied by the ending. I have no doubt. Do yourself a favor and pick this book up in October...I'm placing my bets that you won't regret the read!
I think adults would enjoy this book as well. It'd be a great crossover. I think boys would enjoy this book just as much as girls...it's so action/adventure/thriller and the romance is just a consequence of the situation.
This book releases October of 2014!
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Rachel, age 18