Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

I tried, I really really tried. I just couldn’t finish it. I’ve started and restarted this book a few times and each time I ended up having to put it down and say “Really? Are you kidding me?”  Let me go back to the beginning and how I got to this frustration with the book. I was walking through the books section in my local Target (it’s like a freaking black hole, I HAVE to buy a book every time I’m in there, it’s awful) and the cover of this book caught my attention. I pick it up, read the synopsis and wow, that caught my attention too.

I didn’t check reviews on Goodreads or Amazon on this book. This was my first mistake.

Get my book purchases home and I start reading. So far so good, the idea that a 17 yr old girl’s father would allow his only daughter to go hiking alone with only her girlfriend, in the mountains is pretty far fetched. But hey, this is fiction and anything can happen including poor parental decisions. Britt is pretty obnoxious, a liar, manipulative…so basically a typical teenager (oh how I hope my children end up not typical, please let some sort of body snatcher thing happen and they end up perfect) and hell bent on making her ex boyfriend Calvin jealous by hiking the Tetons with her best friend (who happens to be Calvin’s sister) for Spring Break.

Two stupid girls make stupid decisions and unfortunate events happen (I don’t want to give spoilers in case you actually want to read the book after I sit here and beg and plead with you NOT to waste your time) which lead the girls being held against their will. So you think, “Ok, the girls have to use their wits and get out of this. This could be good!” That was mistake number two that I made…being hopeful. No, no the girls do not.

Britt ends up trying to get away from her captors yet lusting after one of them all while feeling confused about her feelings for her exboyfriend who cheated on her. GET SOME SELF RESPECT! At this point as I’m reading, I’m killing her off. Each scenario that comes up, I’m making like one of those stories where you make the decision for the character. But my decision is always “Britt jumps off the cliff” or “Britt falls off the side of the mountain never to be seen again.”  Which is a sign that I need to stop reading.

I got farther then 1/2 way done and just had to stop. Britt is lusting after her captor. This is Stockholm Syndrome folks. Nothing to glamorize here. Ladies…if a man kidnaps you it’s not because he’s dreamy. IT’S BECAUSE HE’S PSYCHO. If a man allows his friend to kidnap you….again….IT’S BECAUSE HE’S PSYCHO. There is nothing sweet, romantic or cute about it.

So here I was thinking, I’ve tried reading this book twice. The weather is nice, maybe third times the charm right? I was wrong. I was wrong wrong wrong.  I literally threw my book. Which made me die a little bit inside because that’s book abuse. These were mistakes three and four.

I’m not making anymore mistakes, I’m going to place my book on my shelf never to be read again. Which is unfortunate, but those hours I spent trying…I’ll never get those back. And while it’s sort of fun killing off characters in my head. I could be doing that with my own characters in my own stories….and be productive with my writing.

Tomorrow I’m going to read a shifter romance to cleanse my reading palette. *fingers crossed no book abuse ensues*

Night!!

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Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

dead ever after

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart…

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…

I am warning you, there will be spoilers in this review. I’m too angry about this book to be careful with what I’m saying.  So if you haven’t read this and don’t want spoilers….stop reading now. But I hope you have a great day! 🙂

Let me say that even the past few books that others have not loved, I liked quite a bit.  I felt the past 2 books were building up to this one and I was beyond excited for it. Then I started reading. What was I reading? This didn’t feel like a Charlaine Harris book to me (I have read everything written by this woman), so who’s book is this?  It dawned on me, I’m reading Sookie’s ‘To-Do List’ that just happened to be over 300 pages and cost me $20.  No big deal right? Ugh, if I wanted to look at ‘to-do’ lists I’d be looking at my own (I’m quite the master of making lists, and lists for my lists actually), but no…I paid $20 for this.  As we are putting along with Sookie running her errands and being mad at Sam for being weird, she gets arrested for the murder of Arlene.  But even that event was sort of anticlimactic.

Other characters from the past show up to help Sookie (but not really, they just show up to sniff, say what they are up to and are on their merry way). When Quinn showed up, my stomach did a little flip. I love that shifter. But alas, no tiger loving for Miss Sookie!

As for Eric…ugh. I cannot believe what CH did to him. She basically took this lively, charismatic ‘man’ and sold him into basically sex slavery for the next 200 yrs. How could she do that to him? What a crappy HEA for Eric.  For Sookie to be very ‘meh’ about the break up was just saddening. They truly loved each other, yes they had bumps in the road but c’mon, they loved each other. What she did to Eric was tragic and how Sookie reacted to the break up was just awful and makes me feel that Sookie is nothing but a whiny, dependent, incapable woman who always has to have a man attached to her hip.

On to the ending. The dreaded ending where we find out what comes of Sookie and her love life. Sam? Really? Did anyone else feel that this came completely out of left field? I could understand it if there was some build up. For example if they had Sookie end up with Sam in book 6 or 7 because of the brief hot and heavy during book 5 between the 2 of them. But nope, basically Sam tells Sookie he can’t honor the deal with Eric because he just wants Sookie to be his. She’s pretty much, “Ok.” and they end up in bed together. *blink blink* Seriously?! They decide to take it slow since she did just end things with Eric a few days ago (how tacky is that?).  Sookie finds out that the masterminds behind her troubles in this book are Glassport, Newlin and Claude…that was seriously ridiculous and I rolled my eyes, like literally, I just rolled my eyes thinking about that.  At the very end of the book, there are no promises of forever, things between Sam and Sookie are very up in the air. She thinks they will be together by Christmas time, but there is no relationship talk between the 2. It just felt like a sloppy finish.

I have been an avid reader of CH’s for a long time. I have invested many of hours reading her stories about these worlds she creates. While I feel that her writing is well done and enjoyable; I’m not sure I can continue with other books of hers. This ending let me down so much that I don’t want this to happen again. I value my time and my money…and I’m pretty sure Miss Harris values my $ right along with me as she’s laughing her ass off to the bank.

This book rated 1 out of 5 stars for me. I would not recommend this to anyone and I’m not sure if I’d even recommend the series anymore.