Bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick has shown us a world filled with guardian angels in her Hush, Hush saga and now she is taking us hiking through a blizzard in her latest novel Black Ice. Britt is still healing from her breakup with Calvin and has decided the best way to get over him, or maybe to win him back, is to go backpacking through the Tetons. She has been training all year for this adventure and is planning to go with her bestfriend Korbie, who is also Calvin’s little sister. As the two set out for Korbie’s family cabin, they get caught in a terrible blizzard. The two girls start walking in the snow and it doesn’t take long for them to become cold and wet. Stumbling upon a small cabin Britt and Korbie ask the two boys staying there if they can spend the night. Things take an ugly turn and the girls find themselves being held hostage by two fugitives. Now Britt is forced to lead them off the mountain. She continues to have hope that someone will rescue her since she knows that her ex-boyfriend is on the mountain too. As she keeps trekking down she uncovers evidence of a serial killer and begins to suspect the killer is on the mountain and looking for her.
Fitzpatrick has created an intense YA thriller that will have you chilled to the bone. The twists and turns of the plot were suspenseful and created a fast pace. I like that Britt realized that in order to live she had to rely on herself, not the men in her life, to save her. She is determined, resourceful and she refuses to give up even when facing extreme fear and weather. I liked that this book is so drastically different from Fitzpatrick’s other novels. If you are looking for a new thriller to read, this is an excellent choice.
Becca Fitzpatrick’s novel Hush, Hush is a fabulous teen paranormal read. Nora’s life finally seems to be going back to normal now that a year has past since her father’s death. But things take an unusual turn the instant her biology teacher enforces a new seating chart that puts her and the new kid Patch together. Now it seems as if Patch is everywhere and Nora isn’t sure if she should be scared of him or not. As if her life isn’t complicated enough, Elliot, a new transfer student, is aggressively pursuing Nora for dates, her best friend is attacked, and she is having weird hallucinations.
Hush, Hush has a fun psychological twist that make the story so fascinating and compelling to read. As mysterious things begin to happen to Nora, I found myself struggling to decided if she is hallucinating the events or if someone is causing them. I also loved that Fitzpatrick never really lets you become comfortable with Patch. She did such a great job of displaying Nora’s conflicting emotions that it was easy to feel mistrust towards Patch. The angel mythology that Fitzpatrick creates is fresh and exciting, making her stand apart from all of the other author’s writing in this genre. This is a great series to start your summer reading.
On a side note, I am so excited to meet Becca Fitzpatrick at the 2012 Book Expo next week!