Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Black Ice

“You never know what you’re going to have to face, so you’d better be prepared.”

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?

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…

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Personal Thoughts:

I have read Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush Hush saga (yes all four books of them) which we all know are paranormal books about fallen angels. Though I already know long ago that Becca is writing a psychological thriller I didn’t expect Black Ice to be that different. I mean, there are mystery and thrill in Hush, Hush but in Black Ice they are way better, more real and more dangerous. I think I like to see Bacca write more on this genre than the paranormal one.

The story is about Britt Pfeiffer who is set to backpacking the Teton Range with her best friend Korbie. Britt had been preparing for this trip for months, from organizing the things they need, researching the weather and the road maps, up to training herself to hike by hiking small distance. They are supposed to spend their few days getaway in Korbie’s family’s lodge in the mountain. Calvin, Korbie’s brother and Britt’s ex-boyfriend will be meeting them there too. On their way to the mountain, the girls encounter unexpected snow storms which leave them no choice but to find a nearest shelter to stay for a while. After more or less an hour of walking they stumbled across a cabin and inside are two men, Mason and Shawn. These two guys seem harmless but then they took Britt and Korbie hostage.

The opening prologue is my favorite part of this book. It tells the story of one of the three murders that happened before Britt’s own story. It is intense and engaging which perfectly set the tone of the book.

Becca Fitzpatrick writing definitely matured compare to her previous books. I love how she plotted this whole messy story of murder and mystery which makes the pacing easily engaging and flowing. It’s not the massive kind of whodunit as I easily figure out the suspect but it is still engaging nonetheless.

As for the characters, well the narrator isn’t perfect, she has flaws and did some things that irritate me but I like how determined and brave she is. I like that in-spite of the heavy situation she still manage to think things through. Her character development from a dependent girl to being a survivor is very well written.

Then we have Mason, another dangerous bad boy created by Becca Fitzpatrick. I think Becca has a real knock with this kind of characters. Just like Patch of Hush, Hush, Mason is mysterious and intriguing which will surely make readers drawn to him in every way possible.

Black Ice is not perfect though. It is good and entertaining read that keep me on the edge of my seat because I want to know if my theories are correct but in the end I didn’t like the all wrap up ending. I’m not against with the happily ever after kind of ending but Black Ice is too neatly wrap up for my taste – complete with a bow and all. I wish the story end differently. That at least Mason was held accountable for some of the bad things he had done, or that the killer doesn’t end up like it did. It so easy and less unrealistic in my opinion.

With suspense, mystery, drama, and romance Black Ice is a thrilling read. It is tense and well written. A successful transition from paranormal to psychological genre for Becca Fitzpatrick.

Bloggers’ Forum & Book Signing with Becca Fitzpatrick

Last March 29, 2014, I spent my day with my book lovers friends as we attend National Bookstore’s bloggers forum with bestselling author, Becca Fitzpatrick. To those aren’t familiar with Becca, she is the author of “Hush, Hush” saga, a YA paranormal series comprised of four books, “Hush, Hush”, “Crescendo”, “Silence”, and “Finale’. It that tells the story of Nora Grey and Patch which evolved around the angel mythology. To know more about the series, you can check my reviews for the four books in this blog.

Now, back to the event, as every followers of this blog knows, bloggers forum is a private gathering of PH bloggers (mostly my friend from PBT) and few media people where we got the chance to chat and ask author(s) anything we want. Thanks to the NBS people for organizing an event like this and for inviting us. It’s really a great opportunity to have a few hours of chat with Becca Fitzpatrick, not only because she is a best selling author but mostly because she is very nice and friendly.

Becca Fitzpatrick in Manila

She answered all our questions with smile and enthusiasm even those silly questions we’ve thrown to her. She is very game and accommodating.

She discussed her books and work experience. When the first book of Hush Hush series get published she doesn’t have lots of fears about negative reviews or feedback because she didn’t think a lot of people will read her book.

For her writing Crescendo is the most challenging part of her career, mainly because of the pressure that Hush, Hush bring after it become a success to readers. Its like everything she wrote for Crescendo is not good enough for her. There’s even a point that she told her editor that Crescendo will be her last book, that she’s done being writer after that. Eventually she take all the downs as learning experience and make sure that she learned from it. She wouldn’t change any of it because it taught her perseverance and to believe in her self more.

Black Ice was inspired by a family trip she went to when she was in high school, in one of the mountains of Wyoming. Becca got sick and ended up watching a horror movie and she thought what if she wrote a story but with a girl who accompanies two people down a mountain and ends up falling in love with one of them.

Becca also give us some teasers for Sapphire Skies, another book from her which will be out to market in fall of 2015. According to her Sapphire Skies is her favorite book that she ever written so far. The story is about a girl named Stella who witness a brutal crime and ends up in a witness protection program.  Soon she find herself in Nebraska trying to start a life as someone else.

Someone asked about what book she is currently reading and some of recommendations from her, and according to Becca, she is reading Quiet a non-fiction book about introverts, then claiming that she is an introvert herself. She also reading Earthbound and some Nora Roberts books lately.

Bloggers Forum with Becca Fitzpatrick

We also received copies of Black Ice, Becca Fitzpatrick latest and upcoming psychological thriller novel. Everyone in the event is screaming with joy when the MC announced that we are all getting advance readers copy of the book. Thanks so much Becca for bringing us copies.

and here are my signed books…

Signed Becca Fitzpatrick Books

Thank you to National Book Store for inviting me to join the forum. Thanks you also to Becca Fitzpatrick for visiting us all the way here in Manila. It’s really a lovely and memorable experience meeting and talking to you in person. Hope you visit us again next time.

Book Signing Tour : Becca Fitzpatrick in PH


Becca Fitzpatrick Manila Book Signing

When: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Time: 4:00pm
Where: National Book Store, Glorietta 1
Registration: Starts at 11am

Becca Fitzpatrick Cebu Book Signing

When: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Time: 4:00pm
Where: National Book Store, Ayala Center Cebu
Registration: Starts at 11am

Her Books:

Hush, Hush is the debut novel of Fitzpatrick where humans are under the command of fallen angels. Described by Publishers Weekly as a “fast-paced, exhilarating read,” it is about a sacred oath, a fallen angel and a forbidden love. It follows the story of Nora Grey, a responsible and smart sophomore student, who falls for Patch, one who has made countless mistakes in the past, after several encounters. Nora does not know who to trust and is torn between falling into his arms or run and hide. Later on, she realizes that she is in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen. Any wrong move she makes can cause Nora her life. This paranormal romance continues in Crescendo, Silence and Finale, which all debuted as New York Times bestsellers. The film rights to the series have been optioned by LD Entertainment.

About Becca Fitzpatrick:

Becca Fitzpatrick graduated with a degree in health, which she abandoned because of her love for storytelling. Her memories from her high school years explain why she writes young adult novels. She was a member of VICA and the National Honor Society and was played clarinet for the marching band. Her next book, Black Ice, is a riveting thriller that centers on the dangers of falling in love set against the treacherous mountains of Wyoming. Black Ice will hit shelves in October.

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Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick

“I knew there was no magic trapdoor to escape through. I couldn’t run; I couldn’t hide.”

Will love conquer all?

Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank’s absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels – destroying Patch.

Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.

Personal Thoughts:

When I started reading this Hush, Hush series of Becca Fitzpatrick, I am still at the height of loving paranormal genre in YA. Which makes it easy to like and enjoy the first two books of this fallen angel story. But just like any readers, my preferences also changes. There came a point that I feel swaying away to angel and vampire books because I’m not getting something new anymore. Those angel books that I got the chance to read in the past months are mostly miss than hit. That’s why it took a lot of convincing for me to get back into Nora and Patch world.

Having own the first three books, my inner hoarder self want to buy this last book just to complete the whole series for my shelf. But I also wonder if after few years my copies will end up on a donation box just like the hardbound box set of Twilight Saga that I own few years ago. In the end, I give in and dive in once again to this fallen angels and Nephilim world hoping that Becca Fitzpatrick will give me a satisfying conclusions for Hush, Hush series.

The story picked up right after where the previous book, Silence left off. After Hank Millar died, Nora was left with a task to lead the Nephilim army to war against the fallen angels. Problem is, her boyfriend, Patch is one of the fallen angels. Which put Patch and Nora in the middle of the war. Also, Nora as the new leader isn’t much accepted by her fellow Nephilims. They doubt her capacity and her alliance. So in order to gain their trust, Nora and Patch decide to staged a break-up to mislead the Nephilim army. At the same time they need to find a way to stop the war before it even happens.

For the first several hundred pages nothing much is happening in the story. The war between the Nephilm and fallen angels that I am anticipating since the previous installment isn’t playing well on the plot. It is just all about Nora, her training, and her issues with the people around her. No intricate plans about the upcoming war other than, act like two people who hate each others in front of Nephilim.

In Silence, I thought Nora is on her way in showing some maturity. So I expected her to finally stand out in this book. Instead she go back to the annoyingly irritating version of herself. She makes some impulsive decisions, show unnecessary jealousy and do some stupid things awarely. There are times that I thought she finally acting more mature but she will always bounced back again to the other side.

As for Patch, I just miss him. I miss his presence and his old self. Yes, he is still present in the story but he is a bit behind the curtain. It feels that there’s not enough of him and he is a bit different too. Though I like his romantic side, in here he sounds more sappy and cheesy to me. No more dark and mysterious fallen angel that I used to like.

The war between Nephilim and fallen angels plot line has a lot of potentials. It can offer so much actions and twist and turns. But it didn’t reached the right peak that I am waiting for. It just fall short for me. I think it has something to do with the narration. Nora’s point of view didn’t give much justice. There’s so much going and happening at the background that Nora couldn’t access. Maybe if this is written in multiple point of view, like maybe some part from Patch or Scot then we can get more interesting side stories other than Nora’s self-absorb version. The story should be not about Nora’s insecurity or jealousy, it shouldn’t be about what she think about Dante or what she think about Marcie. It should be about the war and what she and Patch can do about it.

As for the plot twist and turns, nothing massive happen. Most of them I already predicted way ahead. From the real villain to the possible ending and even the side characters revelations. The only thing that I didn’t see coming is the thing with Detective Basso, which I think doesn’t offer much impact to the story. Or it’s just me who don’t care much about it? It maybe justify why Detective Basso is present in all other books but it didn’t give much difference to the plot. It almost feel totally random without any hints or explanations given.

“But strength doesn’t always mean brute force. You don’t have to kick ass to be a fighter. Violence doesn’t equal strength….

War isn’t going to solve anything, but it will tear our two worlds apart, and there will be casualties, including humans. There’s nothing heroic about this war. It will lead to a destruction unlike anything you or I have ever seen”

Compare to the previous books, I think Finale is a bit inferior in terms of tension building and mysteries. I din’t feel the same excitement from Crescendo nor the same thrill that Hush, Hush offers. In here, the villain isn’t as menacing as I expected and the conflict was resolved too easily. The action packed battle that was promised by the previous books didn’t happen. It feels to me that Becca Fitzpatrick played this final installment too safe.

Overall, Finale is a well written story that concludes the Hush, Hush series neatly. Though nothing explosive and much interesting really happens, it still offers something for the series. With less expectations followers of the series might enjoy this conclusion of Nora and Patch love story.

Silence (Hush, Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick

“There’s only one thing I know for certain anymore. That I would do anything for you, even if it means going against my instincts or my very nature. I would lay down everything I possess, even my soul, for you. If that isn’t love, it’s the best I have.”

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They’ve overcome the secrets riddled in Patch’s dark past…bridged two irreconcilable worlds…faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust…and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for—and their love—forever.

Personal Thoughts:

Silence is the third book of Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. The story takes up few months after the ending of last book, Crescendo. After being abducted by Hank Millar, Nora is left with no memory of the past. She can’t remember anything that happened to her not just the months she was missing but also two months that came before which is the every moment that she and Patch shares. Knowing that there are missing gaps in her memory Nora do everything she can to know what happened to her, who kidnapped her and why?

“How did you get in?”
“I move in mysterious ways.”
“God moves in mysterious ways.
You move like lightening-here one moment, gone the next.”

Nora is still impulsive as she is from the previous books. She still do a lot of things without so much thinking about the consequences of her actions. But inspite of all that it surprise me that she doesn’t annoy me much as I expected. Somehow I see growth in her character. There’s a real motivations in most of her actions than just merely impulsiveness.

Patch finally established what he felt for Nora which makes him more protective. Though I still miss his snarky and brooding attitude from the previous books, it is nice to see him finally settled than confuse. I love the dagerous Patch compare to the over protective Patch but I am glad he finally takes his stand over Nora.

As for the other characters, the most realistic is Scott. Though I don’t like him much from the previous book, but it is nice to see him back in Silence. There were times that I doubt his motives in getting back to Nora’s life. As a Nephilim he might be just one of Hank Millar’s man or maybe he will use Nora as way to get back to Hank Millar. But towards the end I understand and trust him more. He is really helpful to Nora during the times that she don’t remember much from her past.

I got frustrated to Nora’s Mom. I don’t understand most of the things she did. As a mother I don’t feel her care and love for Nora. Then there’s Vee, in Crescendo I thought she’s improving but in here she’s shrinking to me. Vee’s hatred for all men is too unrealistic. Sorry but I didn’t buy it. It doesn’t ring true to me that she can hate everymen given all the circumstances shed been through. And her hatred for Patch needs more backup from her. If she could just give more reasons than what happen to Nora maybe I’ll buy it.

There are lot’s of actions and twist but aside from Patch and Nora’s love story I can’t find anything more interesting. Hank Millar as the villain and his motives doesn’t make the plot more engrossing. If there was just more deeper conflict than Hank’s plan for Nephilim and fallen angels I might enjoy this one more.

Personally, I think the whole plot of Silence doesn’t contribute much to the whole series. It seems that this book purely serves as a bridge from the previous book to the next book. With Nora forgetting the past, it is like going back again to square one – meeting Patch and digging his secrets and real identity, as well as knowing Nora’s own idenity, her family and the connection she & Patch share. Though they are not exactly the repetitions of the previous books they still make the story a little stagnant. Yes, it is entertaining as I enjoy everything while reading but getting to the end I guess I’m not satisfied. I want the story to move faster than I’m getting. I want to get more actions and new twist than retelling.

The ending gives a lot of promise for the next book. With Nora’s vow to Hank Miller and Patch promise to fallen angels the series seems getting the climax it needed. The stakes is getting higher for the next book which makes it all exciting. For Nora Grey, I have few words for you – “Choose your enemy wisely.”

Overall, Silence is pretty entertaining for the most part. There were couple of issues but it is not a big deal. Every fan of the series will surely enjoy this new addition to Hush Hush series.

Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick

“Being with you never felt wrong. It’s the one thing I did right. You’re the one thing I did right.”
– Patch

Book description from Goodreads:

Nora Grey’s life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn’t pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He’s more elusive than ever and even worse, he’s started spending time with Nora’s arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Path hadn’t been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him – despite her lingering feeling that he’s hiding something.

Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything – and everyone – she trusts.

Personal Thoughts:

I started reading this book last night at around eight o’clock in the evening, hardly put it down except for dinner and finished it at exactly two in the morning. That’s exactly tells how good this book is, It’s good enough that I can’t put it down between the read.The cover is good like the first book, the girl which must be Nora is in the rain watching the lightning, with the dark creepy background and a lone falling feather beside her. Everything about it tell so much more about the book.

The writing is pretty good like the first book Hush, Hush. With a well written plot, well executed turn of events and enough mysteries to unfold, I get a lot more than I expected. It’s a literal roller coaster ride all throughout. From Nora and Patch relationship, to Marcie Millars history with Nora, the unknown killer of Nora’s father, Nora’s family secrets and the archangels and fallen angels stands in all these events. I must say, Becca Fitzpatrick is a brilliant story teller. I like her style of writing. The story are action packed, with lots of amazing twist and well thought and mind boggling events. She makes scenes extremely visual making every details so vividly written as if the scene itself came to life before my eyes while I was reading. It had a very cinematic quality to it.

The characters are more likable. Nora seemed to get more of a grasp on herself and not be as helpless as she was in Hush, Hush. Her character has grown but at the same time she’s a little immature and still too reliant on her friend Vee. But the author creatively use all Nora’s flaws for a more engaging plot in this book. Because of Nora’s jealousy, selfishness and pettiness she was trapped in a more dangerous situation she never imagined. Which all lead to the credibility of her character. As for Vee, I like her character here more, she matures a lot in this book. As well as Marcie Millar, who doesn’t exist that much in the first book but in here I’ve come to understand her more.

Patch is absent for a large part of the story. Maybe Nora can totally carry it by herself, but more Patch would have been nice. Patch maybe someone irritating because of his bad boy persona but what I like about his character is the genuine representation of his past. His mindset is authentic to his centuries of life experiences not like he was born yesterday, which is a common flaw of characters with some books I’ve read in the past.

Overall, Crescendo is simply surprising. If you’re not a fan off cliff-hanger endings you might be disappointed because Crescendo ends on a HUGE one! Which is one of the most evil cliffhangers I’ve ever come across. Obviously aiming for the third book, Becca Fitzpatrick is good at this one. She makes me more eager to get my hands on the next book of the series. Can’t wait till October for the release of Tempest.