Monday, September 22, 2014

15 Classic Children’s Books That Have Been Banned In America #BannedBooksWeek

ALA Banned Books Week: Celebrating The Freedom To Read!
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I can't not share this. I shared it here on Mundie Kids, and I have to share this here, because seriously... BANNED CHILDREN'S CLASSIC just... well it brings out my snarky side. The list I'm talking about is from Buzzfeed's list of the 15 Classic Children's Books That Have Been Banned in America. Yes, you read that right, CLASSIC CHILDREN'S BOOKS that have been banned. You know the books that many of us grew up reading. Yeah, those. 

Wait till you read some of the reasons why these books were banned. I'm having some issues with why there is even a list of classic children's books that were/have been/are banned. HERE are the reasons why each of these books was banned (via Buzzfeed). 

For example, and snarky comments will be included (just saying): I've included the number by each book as it's listed in the article.

2) The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, now who didn't read that book as a kid. That is a classic. Apparently it was banned for being sexist and it criminalized the foresting agency. Um, did I read the same book they did? It was sexist? 

3) Winnie The Pooh & 8) Charlotte's Web - Per this list, talking animals are an insult to God, which resulted in both of these books being banned. Okay, I'm just going to say this, TALKING ANIMALS DO NOT EXIST! I know, sorry to burst someone's bubble. I wish they did. As someone who believes in God, I don't think God is going to be insulted by talking animals in a MAKE BELIEVE story! Are we going to start banning books with unicorns and other mythical creatures too? They don't exist. Or are we only banning books with talking animals? If there's a book with a talking Unicorn, it might end up on the banned list. 

6) Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl - Do NOT even get me going on this stupid ban. Seriously. How in the heck can this book be banned!? This was one of my favorite books in MG, because of the fact it was the first time I read a book and was emotionally invested in the story. It was also the first time I remember reading a book about a such an incredibly strong, brave and courageous character. It was also the first book I remember crying over while reading it. Anne Frank is a book that was banned because it was deemed "too depressing", among other stupid reasons. I don't know about you, but I was touched by Anne's story, not depressed by it. 


As a parent, sure, I understand some of the reasons to ban these book (notice I said understand, not the I agree with the public banning, because I don't). I personally feel these reasons for banning these books are PERSONAL reasons, and as a parent I respect that These however are NOT reasons that should publicly ban a book. Hence the reasons my snarky comments. 

There is a book on here that got banned, and that reason alone is why I, as a parent, will not let my kid read the book. I never liked the book as a kid, and I don't like it as adult, nor is it a book I want my kid to read. BUT, that is my personal reason. Since I don't like the book, I personally don't feel that, that is justifiable for me to make it so that on one else is allowed to read it. That is why I have an issue with banned books. Just because someone else doesn't like the book, does not give them the right to tell me or my kids what they should be allowed to read. 

The beauty in reading is this: There are books out there for everyone. Not everyone is going to like every book. If you don't like book, you choose another one. At some point you'll find the book that is right for you. No one should have the power to take that right away from someone else. Banning a book doesn't make that book go away. It just prevents a reader from finding a story that was meant for them. 

No one has the right to prevent someone else from picking up a book they didn't like. Everyone has a right to not like a book. Everyone has the right to have access to books. Maybe that next book that gets banned was written for someone who's been trying to find a story that may help them through a situation they otherwise won't find a way out of. Or maybe that story is one that opens the door to possibilities. Or maybe that story is one that will allow a creative mind to realize that writing is their dream. Or maybe, just maybe, that story is meant to bring comfort to child who is dealing with a scary reality. You never know what stories will impact readers.

Banned Book Week Day #2: All Kinds Of Kids Deserve All Kinds of Stories #BannedBookWeek

ALA Banned Books Week: Celebrating The Freedom To Read!

THIS quote is one of the biggest reasons why I am a firm supporter of #BannedBooksWeek. There are all kinds of kids, will all kinds of backgrounds, living all kinds of lives, that deserve all the different kinds of stories that all kinds of books offer. NO ONE has the right to take away those stories from those kids, except their parent/guardian.

Everyone has the right to read. 
No one else has a right to decide what "everyone" else should or shouldn't be able to read.

No one has the right to tell my kids what to read, except for me. What I feel may be right for my kid to read, may not be right for another child to read. A book I may not find inappropriate, may be the kind of book a child needs to read to know they're not alone. Who am I to tell that kid, "No, you can't read that." What if that book would have been the book that would have helped them break their silence, or empowered them to endure or inspired them to do great. 

I personally feel that Book Banning is either done in fear or out of ignorance. 

I feel that those who fight to ban a book are either scared of how that particular book will influence the reader (really that parson should be more concerned about what kids are watching on tv, listening to on the radio, can see at the movies, and watch in the games they play, as those things are far worse than what they normally read about in a book), OR they themselves haven't read the book, and have no idea what the book is actually about, they just "heard" the book wasn't appropriate and they've jumped on the ignorance bandwagon to take a stand.

I believe everyone should be able to read books they themselves find suitable for them. I have a right to read. Just because I don't like the content in a book, does not give me the right to take that away from someone else. Just as I have a right to read, I have a right to not read things. I have a right as a parent to not allow my kids to read certain books. What other parents may find suitable for their kids, won't always be for my kids. Instead of banning that book, and making it so other kids aren't allowed to read what I don't deem appropriate for my kids is not right, but finding them an alternative book to read is. Trust me, I know this time will come. Just as I'm not afraid to stand up in support in Banned Books Week, I'm not afraid to stand up and say no to something I don't want my kid to read. Thankfully when that time arises, I'll be armed with a well stocked library and will be able to find my kid an alternative book to read. 

Check out Simon & Schuster's Banned Book Week's page for additional quotes, a list of their books that have been banned, and more.

What are your thoughts on Banned Books? Tomorrow I'll be sharing a list of banned books and which books I've read from the list. *shakes head* Some of these books I'm seriously shocked at. I read a handful of the books I read from the list, in high school. As in it was required reading. Tomorrow I'll talk about the list. 

Mundane Monday #222- TLH Snippet

Happy Mundane Monday!
This weekend Cassandra Clare shared a TLH snippet with her fans via her Tumblr page. Just in case you missed it, I've got it here:

James could see his mother moving like an anxious pale star among the guests in her lilac dress, greeting each of them warmly, welcoming them to her home. She had not glamoured herself to look her husband’s age for the evening, and she appeared enormously young, though her hair was done up like a gracious older woman’s, not a girl’s. When Will materialized out of the crowd and came to put his arm around Tessa, smiling down at her, the gray at his temples flashed like silver. James looked away; he loved his parents for being extraordinary, but sometimes he also hated them for the same thing.

I can't wait for this series to be out!

Middle Grade Monday

Here's what was featured this past week on Mundie Kids:

 I celebrated back to school with some back to school middle grade advice from the author of Jessica Darling's It List, Megan McCafferty! Check it out here

If you're looking for a fabulous picture book to pick up, add JOURNEY to your list! You can read my 5 star review for it here

Want to dress like a pirate? author Heidi Schulz stopped by Mundie Moms, and gave us some fabulous tips on creating a DIY pirate costume! Get more information and find out more about her new middle grade book, HOOK's REVENGE, here

Just in case you missed it, I revealed the cover for Stuart Gibb's EVIL SPY SCHOOL! 
Find out more about it here

Looking for some SPOOKtacular reads? Check out some Random House Kids's books spooky Halloween reads. Get the full list here

Check out some of the newest KidLit/MG books that I've added to my shelves, here.

Happy Middle Grade Reading!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Banned Books Week Kicks Off TODAY! #BannedBooksWeek

ALA Banned Books Week: Celebrating The Freedom To Read!

Banned Book Week kicks off TODAY! 
This is a week long event, that we are huge supporters of. 
Check out our previous years Banned Book Week Posts here.
Through out this week you'll find more Banned Book Week posts here on the blog. 
In the mean time, grab a poster like the one featured above, from here.
Learn more about Banned Book Week from ALA (American Library Association) here

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The World of Heir Blog Tour; The Sorcerer Heir by Cinda Willilams Chima & Enter To WIN The Entire SERIES!

Welcome to today's stop in The World Of Weir Blog Tour!

Those with magical powers in The Heir Chronicles series by Cinda Williams Chima are known as the Weir. The World of Weir blog tour leads up to the release of the can’t-miss series finale, The Sorcerer’s Heir (in-stores October 21st) by celebrating the magical fantasy world and the five types of magical guilds. Follow along for playlists, nail art, and more inspired by the series, plus exclusive excerpts from the upcoming finale.

WEEK 1:  THE WARRIORS September 14 – September 20
WEEK 2: THE WIZARDS September 21 –  September 27
WEEK 3: THE SEERS September 28 – October 4
WEEK 4:  THE ENCHANTERS October 5 – October 11
WEEK 5:  THE SORCERERS October 12 – October 18

We spent Week 1 of The World of Weir tour getting to know the Warriors guild of magic:

Don't miss what was featured this past week on the following blogs: 
(see calendar above, *click image to enlarge). 

Check out what will be featured this coming week: 
(see calendar above, * click image to enlarge).


The can’t-miss finale to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely. Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

The Sorcerer’s Heir is a self-contained story, accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from characters they love (and love to hate) from the earlier installments. Readers will be glued to their seats through riveting fight scenes, deadly political machinations, burgeoning romance, and the unfolding intrigues of a contemporary magical world.

The Heir Chronicles series will keep readers glued to their seats through riveting fight scenes, deadly political machinations, burgeoning romance, and the unfolding intrigues of a contemporary magical world.

The Sorcerers Heir is a self-contained story accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from beloved (and lovingly reviled) characters.

Series order
The Warrior Heir
The Wizard Heir
The Dragon Heir
The Enchanter Heir
The Sorcerer Heir

Praise for the series
"Chima offers a pitch-perfect blend of high fantasy and small-town reality..." –The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

"Chima uses her pen like a wand and crafts a wonderfully rich web of magic, while thankfully leaving some dangling threads for subsequent tales." –VOYA  (starred review)

"A smoldering story soaked in tears, sweat and blood, constantly threatening to blaze into an inferno. Spellbinding."  –Kirkus Reviews  (starred review)


Cinda Williams Chima is the New York Times bestselling author of The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir, The Enchanter Heir, and the four books of the Seven Realms series: The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, and The Crimson Crown. Cinda is a graduate of The University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University. She lives in Ohio with her family.

Visit Cinda Williams Chima’s Official Site
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Would you like a chance to WIN the ENTIRE SERIES? Thank you to Disney Hyperion, one lucky winner will receive all 5 books! To enter, just fill out the form below *US residents only.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

FREEBIE FRIDAY aka The Belated Giveaway!!

I've got an exciting ONE DAY only giveaway happening here on the blog! 
One lucky winner will be entered to win these....

This was a giveaway I had originally planned on hosting a couple of weeks ago, but the craziness of life happened, and my giveaway never got posted. I'm doing a one day giveaway, as I'd like to get these arcs out ASAP, despite the fact a couple of these books have already been released. 

The Giveaway Details
  • 1 winner will receive the entire stack of arcs featured in the picture. That's 7 newly released and soon to be released books.
  • Fill out the form below to enter to win.
  • PLEASE READ THE TERMS & CONDITIONS via the entry form below, before entering.
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* Thank you to Simon Teen, Little Brown, Fierce Reads, and Harper Teen for the arcs.

Interview with Marie Lu, Author of The Young Elites

Marie Lu is on the blog today! 

Recently I had the chance, along with a few other fellow bloggers, to have a phone interview with Marie Lu, author of the upcoming release, THE YOUNG ELITES (hitting shelves on October 7th). 
She was more than gracious with her time, because we had a lot of questions for her. Have I mentioned before on here on much I adore Marie!?! If not, I do. She's one of the sweetest people I've had the chance of meeting. Okay, back to the interview. Before I share part of the interview, here is a little bit about her upcoming release:


I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

*Photo credit: Paul Gregory 

Katie (Mundie Moms):  Hey, Marie.  How are you?
Marie Lu:  Good.  How are you?
Katie (Mundie Moms):  Good. Thank you.
So, my question is, I really love the title of your book, The Young Elites.  Can you talk a little bit about your process and how you chose that?  Was it something that came to you over the course of writing the story, or was the title something you already had in mind?  Or, is it something that, after you finished writing the story, you picked out a title?  
Marie Lu:  For this in particular, I definitely thought of The Young Elites first.  That's not always the case.  Sometimes I just have placeholder names, but for this one I felt like I couldn't quite get into the right mindset to write it.  Like, I didn't want to call them, like, super awesome people, being that [unintelligible].  
So, I'm thinking back to see what exactly made me think of that name.  I think honestly I saw it online.  It was the name of some sort of conference, like some international conference for young people, and it was called The Young Elites.  And I can't remember where I saw it, but that kind of stuck to me.  
And after I thought about it for a while, I was like, "Gosh, it would really fit this world and the people that are living in this world," because they're--they are extraordinary, but they're very, very young.  And that bleeds very much into who they are in terms of their powers and how they're treated by their families.  
And so, those two things kind of came together.  And I wanted to give them a name that was--that sounded kind of positive, 'cause they do have very derogatory and negative names attached to them too that basically points to the same thing.  So, I wanted them to have a name that's like, "No, we're amazing and we're also very, very young."  So, that's where The Young Elites came about.  
Katie (Mundie Moms): Thank you.

Check out other fellow blogger interviews with Marie Lu: 

More With Marie

In addition to our phone interview, I recently had the chance to ask Marie a few more questions about The Young Elites:

MMs: In The Young Elites, which element did you have the most fun creating - the action, drama, romance, fantasy element etc?

Marie Lu: Hmm, the most fun.....I had a ton of fun designing the fantasy world. Fantasy has always been my favorite genre, and I really loved creating my pantheon of gods, creating crazy flying creatures, and making up the Elites' powers. It makes me feel like a kid again. I also didn't mind writing the romance..... ;)

MMs: Out of all your characters (from The Young Elites to your previous books), which character do you easily identify with?

Marie Lu: By the end of the Legend series, I identified the most with June. Even though she and I are very different people, I realized by the time I wrote Champion that I was putting a lot of pieces of my personality in her. In The Young Elites, I identify the most with Adelina, which is very unsettling for me! I mean, I don't identify with her whole "I hate the world I want revenge" part, but I do very much sympathize with her insecurities about herself and her desire to be loved and accepted.

MMs: Thank you Marie!
Marie Lu: Thanks so much again, Katie! <3>


Read an excerpt. Find out more about The Young Elites here.

Retailer links for Pre-Order:
·         Amazon & Kindle
·         Barnes & Noble & Nook
·         IndieBound
·         Apple
·         Kobo

Marie Lu is the author of the New York Times bestselling Legend series. She spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with one boyfriend, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

Learn More at her Official Website

Marie’s NYT-bestselling Legend series will be available in paperback after September 7th. Reviews on the Legend series:

“Legend doesn’t merely survive the hype, it deserves it.” –The New York Times

“Marie Lu’s dystopian novel is a ‘Legend’ in the making.” –USA Today

“An action packed-love story full of inventive details.” -The Los Angeles Times

*Thank you to Marie Lu, Penguin Teen & BHM for making this interview possible.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross, Book Review

By: Julie Cross
Published by: Entangled Teen
To Be Released on: October 7th, 2014
Source: ebook from publisher to review
Ages: 17 & older
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Life loves a good curveball…

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas's life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she's living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals' super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn't just a game. It's life. And sometimes, it can break your heart…

An addicting and gritty story about family, friendships, falling in love, and choosing to follow your own path. Whatever Life Throws At You is a story that combined my love of sports, and YA romance in a way only one other YA author, Katie McGarry, has done. This is a realistic story that doesn't gloss over both the good and bad that life pitches to it's characters. It's a story about learning to listen to your own heart. It will make you laugh, cry, swoon, and  have you rooting for Annie & Jason. It's a book older young adult readers and new adult readers alike, will enjoy. 

I am a picky YA contemporary reader. I'm even pickier when it comes to what I like to call, "realistic YA contemporary" books. You know the books that don't sugar coat the good and the bad that teens deal with in real life. In fact, there's maybe three authors who's realistic contemporary books I'll read, Katie McGarry is one of them. Well, now Julie Cross has been added to that list. 

Whatever Life Throws At You is a book that surprised me. When I sat down to read it, I wasn't excepting to become addicted to the book. This is a book that to me, borderlines upper YA and NA reading. Cross does a fabulous job at tackling those feelings and emotions that come with being on the cusp of adulthood. You know that stage... where you're seventeen year's old, and have the world at your hands, and yet you're still not quite legal, and allowed to tackle the world no matter how bad you want to or think you can. Or maybe you'll understand what the nineteen year is going through. He didn't always make the best choices as a teen, while his past still haunts him, he's given a new chance to fulfill his dream. Even if he'll always have someone throwing his demons in his face.

Julie Cross doesn't make life the easiest for her characters. Being that this book is a realistic contemporary book, it mirrors real life to extent, and life is not easy. But like real life, even with all the heartache, and the damaged pasts, there's new beginnings, friendship, love, happiness and hope. Both Annie and Jason are characters who haven't had the easiest lives, but who does right? The brokenness each character has that slowly gets peeled away little by little as the story goes on, is masked behind a certain kind of strength I admired in both characters. 

Annie and Jason are strong characters, and yet they both have flaws, which made them feel human to me, vs being characters I was reading about in a book. I liked the way  Cross not only wrote them, but the way she developed them made them both relatable characters. Sure I may not have grown up having the same experiences they each had or are over coming, but emotionally, Cross tied me to them.  I felt for them. I cheered them on. I laughed, and cried with them. As a reader, I wanted both of the characters to succeed in their dreams, to over come their fears, learn from their past mistakes, and realize that even when everyone around them was against them, if they believed, they could over come their odds.

Jason Brody is a character I think a lot of fans are going to fall head over heels in love with. The more you get to know Jason, the harder he is to resist. There's so much more to him than meets the eye, and what is heard about in the press in this book. Annie for her part is a character I would have loved to have been friends one. She loves sports and she more than gets the game. She's also a character who says it how it is, and I admire her straight forwardness. I loved watching these two fall in love and the way they did so. They have an undeniable chemistry that definitely heated up the pages of this book. 

Aside from Annie and Jason, Cross introduced me to some pretty amazing characters who all played a huge role in the story. I love it when an author doesn't leave out characters who are family both literarily and figuratively speaking. I loved getting to know them. With meeting each of them, I slowly got to understand both Annie and Jason better. I also liked the ins and outs I learned about that happen behind the scenes of a baseball game. I'm not talking about the game that gets played on the field, but the game that is played that dictates star athletes lives. Wow, talk about adding to the drama. Kudos to Cross for tackling realistic topics, and situations that our characters get themselves into/find themselves in (whether they want to or not), that not only have an impact on them, but those they love. 

Whatever Life Throws at You is a book I think older YA readers and NA readers alike will love. It has a lot of NA cross over appeal. Being that it's a book for older readers, I liked that Cross didn't back down for tackling more mature situations, and how things were handled. There's something without giving anything away. This a book that does a great job at combining my love of YA romances and sports. You know you've read a good book, when you get to the end and not only feel satisfied with it, but you always don't want the story to end. That was the case with this book. *There are some scenes (well written sensual/sex scenes) in this book that are not suitable for younger readers. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BLACK ICE By Becca Fitzpatrick; Book Review / ARC & Prize Pack Giveaway!

Published by: Simon Teen 
To Be Released on: October 7th, 2014
Source: arc from publisher at BEA
Pre-Order from here
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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 on that very mountain... 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…

A thrilling murder, mystery set in the rugged and dangerous Tetons mountains, Black Ice has plenty of heart stopping action, romance and dangerous twists I didn't see coming. 

Fitzpatrick did a fabulous job at hooking me with her story. For one, I loved the setting. Oh yes, that beautiful, rugged, mountain setting played a huge part in the story itself. It has a crucial role in the story. The mystery and suspense of the story is awesome! There were times I felt my heart beating a little bit faster. Not only is there a murder mystery wrapped up into Black Ice, there's the whole Britt Pffeifer finding herself standard in the middle of a blizzard with her best friend, and then they find themselves in a heap of trouble as they descend on a cabin with two guys who aren't as nice as the girls first thought. 

Britt Pffeifer is a character whom, well I don't know how else to say it. She's extremely hard to like. At least some of the time. Britt grew up with wealth and previlage and has always depended on others to take care of her. Yep, not my type of character to root for, BUT, the thing about Britt is she changed and proved me wrong. Through the course of her kidnapping, Britt had me rooting for her. I wanted her to survive and out smart her two kidnappers. She does such an awesome job at keeping her wits about her, and followed her instincts/surivial skills to keep herself going. Britt changed, and I liked the character she became during her ordeal, because she turned into a strong, independent person who was going to do whatever it took for her to survive. Totally opposite of the girl whom I first met when the story started. 

Then towards the end of the book there's something that happens, which also leads to that twist that I didn't see coming and wow, talk about a crazy twist! Britt reverts back to her old self, and that's when I grew really frustrated with her and the book. Had I not been invested in the other characters, like Mason, and wanted to know the outcome of the crazy turn of events, I would have stopped reading the book all together. I'll just say it, Mason is a man of mystery. He is one of the two guys whom Britt and her best friend, Korbie, stumble upon in the cabin after their car gets stranded. While I never did like Shaun, from the get go I knew there something more to Mason and his story, and I wanted to know what it was. Dang, I wasn't excepting THAT to be his mystery. Yep, never saw that one coming. Nope, I can't say what THAT is, because it's one of the huge twists. Notice I said one twist. There are a couple twists that all brilliantly interconnect and even shocked me. 

The suspense in this story is one crazy thrill ride. Fitzpatrick does a brilliant job at keeping the pace of BLACK ICE going. So much so, that this is a book I devoured in one sitting. I had to know what was going to happen. Not only that, I loved the way Fitzpatrick created the story's riveting action, thrilling romance, and survival tactics. I realized once I was done with the book that nothing was put into the story that didn't give away hints to what was to come. Every detail big and small, in the present or in the flash backs from Britt, they are in the story for a reason. They all lead up to the twists towards the end of the book.

Now let's talk romance & character chemistry. There's a few things relationship wise that happen over the course of BLACK ICE. One, throughout the story Fitzpatrick allows the reader to see Britt learn to let go of the relationship she's been hung up on with her best friend's older brother, Calvin. Their relationship was not a healthy one, and through out her ordeal in the Tetons, Britt takes what she dwelt with in her relationship with Calvin to give her the added push to survive the snowy wilderness. In the process, I got to see what kind of guy Calvin was, and wondered how Britt never saw it. Two, we also see a different kind of relationship that forms with Britt and one of her captors. It's one that makes sense. Again, that's saying things without spoiling anything. There's a lot more to that complex relationship than I can say for sake of keeping this a spoiler free review. Then there's the twist with one of her captors, and who he is, and whether or he's really good or really bad. Which also added to the suspense of the story. 

BLACK ICE is a book I did like, but there parts of it I had a few issues with. Thankfully there was more to the book I liked than didn't, like the suspense and twits being two of them. I didn't buy into the relationship Britt and her best friend Korbie had. It felt like a fake friendship, and giving things that happen through out the book, I felt that Korbie would have been better left out of the story and had only been mentioned through Britt's flashbacks. I didn't like how Brit had this ability to grow into such a strong character, but as soon as someone shows up towards the end of the story, she reverts back to being a character without a backbone. Then there's the thing that happens at the every end of the book. Like in the epilogue. I'm so torn on what I liked and didn't like about it. I'll just leave it at that. 

In summary, Black Ice is an action packed read with heart pounding danger at every turn. Set in the beautiful Tetons in WY, gave Fitzpatrick's book the perfect setting for survival, suspense and the thrilling mystery that kept me hooked till the very end. 

4 stars - Over All I Enjoyed It!

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