Mini Reviews: Black Ice, Mosquitoland, and Her Dark Curiosity


Title: Black Ice

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Publication Date: October 7, 2014

Excerpt from Goodreads:

Brit Pheiffer 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.

Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and 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, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

Britt and Korbie just wanted to backpack through the Teton Range. When they become stranded in Britt’s car, they decide to walk for help. They then come across a cabin where two men are living. Mason and Shaun. Before she realizes it, Britt and forced to lead both Mason and Shaun out of the mountains and Shaun threatens to kill her if she doesn’t comply.

Almost the entire novel is set in the mountains. Britt is trying to simultaneously escape/lead her captors in the wrong direction. I feel like I can’t say much about this book without giving major spoilers away, but I will say this, Britt is dumb. In practically one day, the man that is holding her captive no longer feels like a threat to her. Before the reader realizes it, she is hooking up with Mason. Not only that, she justifies his actions of violence and crime because he is just trying to avenge his sister’s murder. That makes it ok, right? No.

Her relationship with Korbie is even worse. Korbie is supposed to be Britt’s best friend, but Britt finds a list that Korbie wrote comparing herself to Britt. Why would you compare yourself to someone who is “supposed” to be your best friend? There friendship was disgusting and fake. Just NO.

The ending was extremely disappointing and only furthers my statement of how stupid and immature Britt is. As much as I hate to say it, I really don’t see myself reading other books by this author.

2 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author


Becca Fitzpatrick grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden with a flashlight under the covers. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she’s most likely prowling sale racks for reject shoes, running, or watching crime dramas on TV. She is the author of the bestselling Hush, Hush Saga. Her new book Black Ice arrives in bookstores everywhere October 7, 2014.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, and her website.


Title: Mosquitoland

Author: David Arnold

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Excerpt from Goodreads:

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.
Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, “Mosquitoland” is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.

In an attempt to be with her mother in a time of sickness, Mim embarks upon her lovely steed, a Greyhound bus. Throughout her journey, she meets some wonder people and some people who aren’t so wonderful.

Mim is so quirky and offbeat, the reader can’t help but love her. Every word and sentence Mim speaks is fresh and authentic. She is her own person in every way possible. We get to meet some truly remarkable and very lovable characters that can give the readers a more positive outlook on life. Want to know why Mary Iris Malone goes by the name Mim? When she was younger she thought that the word acronym meant acroname. See what I mean by fresh and authentic?

Mosquitoland is book you have been waiting to read, even if you didn’t know it yet.

4 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author


Hi. I’m David.

I write stories and songs. I live in Lexington, Kentucky, with my (lovely) wife and our (boisterous) son. Previous “jobs” include freelance musician/producer, preschool teacher, barista, and stay-at-home dad. I’m a fierce believer in the power of kindness and community. I like pesto, Arcade Fire, indie bookstores, Middle-earth, GARP, Elliott Smith, Christmastime, and all things Sorkin. I don’t like olives, liars, or wet socks.

My debut novel, Mosquitoland, is out now from Viking/Penguin, and is available wherever books are sold. My second book is tentatively set for a fall 2016 release.

You can find him on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and his website.


Title: Her Dark Curiosity

Author: Megan Shephed

Publication Date: January 28, 2014

Excerpt from Goodreads:

Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father’s island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.

As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.

In the second installment of The Madman’s Daughter, Juliet is now living with one of her father’s former colleagues. Between trying to create a cure for her sickness and attempting to live a somewhat normal life, Juliet begins to hear rumors about murders happening throughout the city. Each victim is left with three slashes across their bodies…just like the slashes The Beast left on the victims on the island.

While I didn’t love this installment as much as the first, the story continues to be just as intriguing and thrilling. Much to Juliet’s horror, we learn some dark secrets that are connected with Juliet’s father’s work. Juliet is running a race against time to help a friend in need and saving many innocent people from a truly horrific death.

Her Dark Curiosity is a strong second installment to a wonderfully dark series.

4 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author


Megan Shepherd was “born” into the book world, growing up in her parents’ independent bookstore in Western North Carolina. She is the author of The Madman’s Daughter trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2013), and The Cage trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2015). When Megan is not writing, she can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. She is represented by Josh Adams at Adams Literary.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and her website.


3 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: Black Ice, Mosquitoland, and Her Dark Curiosity

  1. Woo I found your blog! Also YES TO MOSQUITOLAND. I read that one recently and loved the quirkiness of Mim, and the rest of the characters. Even though it was sometimes random, there was always a hidden meaning behind it all 🙂


  2. Black Ice is one that a lot of readers were solely disappointed by and weren’t very happy with it. I am therefore not so surprised that you couldn’t enjoy it yourself. But the other two sound like great books which makes up for it!


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