‘Black Ice’ by Becca Fitzpatrick – A new book review

I had wanted this review up a few weeks ago but some icky sicky times with a 4-5 year old have slowed things down a good deal (like I needed any More slowing down!) but here we are, finally, I’m really pleased to be sharing ‘Black Ice’, by Becca Fitzpatrick, with you, the lastest book I’ve been sent to review.

I’m going to admit something to you, to begin with, and that’s that I hadn’t really equated this with being a young adult novel. Of course I realised that the main character was a teen, but the nature of the story, the theme and the way the story flowed felt like it could easily have been an adult novel but, now that I look back, I can understand how this works for both YA and adult readers. 

I really like the cover of this book, the black and white with the small hit of colour is really distinctive, I think that it’s beautiful as well as giving you a really good feel for the book, giving you some insight in to what you might be able to expect when you read it. 
The story is about Britt, and her best friend Korbie, who’re spending their spring break up a snow-covered mountain – Rather than going off, partying with their friends, Britt has persuaded Korbie that they’ll have a good time up in her (Korbie’s) family’s cabin up in the mountains. Unbeknownst to Korbie, Britt has planned this because she wants to show her ex, Korbie’s brother, that she can handle herself up in the mountains so, when she discovers that he’ll be joining the trip she sees the perfect opportunity to show him just what he’s missing and how grown-up and independent she is. 
Unfortunately their trip doesn’t go to plan and as Korbie and Britt are on their way up to the cabin, to meet Calvin, a huge storm hits and they become stranded and this is where their spring break becomes even more unconventional – Leaving their vehicle they end up coming across a house where two, dangerous seeming, guys are staying and danger is just around the corner.

I don’t really want to tell you much more than that because otherwise you’d not need to read it and that’d be silly! But the book is well written, I’ve not heard of Becca Fitzpatrick before but I’ll certainly keep an eye out for her other novels, and you can lose yourself in the story really easily. The main characters aren’t instantly loveable, which I quite like, as you need to get to know them and discover what makes them tick before you can really even try to relate – Korbie is a bit of an attention seeker and has a bit of a ‘little rich girl’ complex whilst Britt has clearly always had people around to bail her out and has a long way to go to be able to depend upon herself.

The plot was different from anything else I’d read before, and there were twists interspersed throughout – I’ll be honest and say that I knew what was going to happen, with the twists, but there’s only been one book that’s taken me by surprise in a number of years, I just have a tendency to know what’s going to happen next. I can imagine that those plot twists would be fantastic for someone who wasn’t so annoyingly able to predict the next step (Honestly it’s a curse!). 
This book definitely works for both adults and YA and if you want something that’s easy to read, with an interesting flow to the story then this could be well worth picking it up. It’s been out since the 26th of March, so just under a month, and you can buy it in a few formats from Amazon here.
I’d love to know what you’re most recent, favourite, read was – Let me know below!

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I was sent this book for review purposes, but all opinions are honest and are my own


  1. Have The Town April 26, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    This book looks interesting, I think I might give it a read! I know what you mean about being able to predict what's going to happen, before I read a lot of thriller books I was naive enough to take things at face value…now I feel like I'm at the opposite end of the scale where I trust nothing and expect anything to happen! Do you mind if I ask what the book that did take you by surprise was?

    • admin April 28, 2015 / 11:18 am

      The book that took me by surprise was 'The Day We Disappeared' by Lucy Robinson – I hadn't read a blurb, just had it recommended in a book group.

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