Ivy, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is finally looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have found it in San Francisco, but all that changes when she witnesses a terrible crime. She’s ready to pack up her things yet again, when a random encounter with a stranger keeps her in the city, giving her reason to stay after all.
That is, until Ivy discovers that their encounter wasn’t random. Not at all...
Format: ARC Paperback, 340 pages
Genre: New Adult Romance
Acquired from: Simon & Schuster
Published: October 27 2015
RRP: $19.99 AUD
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This book can be read either in the series or as a stand-alone.
I don’t really know where to start with this review. A few weeks ago I read Chasing River (book 3 in the Burying Water series) and I really enjoyed it. It wasn't a favourite but it was a decent NA (New Adult) novel. When I was sent Surviving Ice to review I didn’t think it would be something I would like, but as the release date was in two days (now today), I thought I should give it a go. And I am so glad that I did, this book was everything I want in a NA novel and more!
I loved the characters. In Chasing River you are introduced to Ivy as she is living in Dublin working in a tattoo shop, and to be honest I didn’t like her. That was part of the reason I wasn’t looking forward to Surviving Ice. But you really get to see a different side to Ivy and she is so much more likeable. I loved her sense of humour, and even though she’s portrayed as being a real tough chick, she really doesn’t seem like it.
Then there was Sebastian. I loved him. I loved the dynamic between him and Ivy and I loved reading from his point of view. I can’t explain why I liked Sebastian so much, but he was just a really great character. I loved how he was written and I felt like K.A Tucker did a really good job of writing from his point of view. I would love to see a whole book just about Sebastian he was that good.
One thing I really like about K.A Tucker’s books (so far), is that it doesn’t have the same formatting as other NA novels. Normally they start off all happy, then some big crisis happens and they spend half the book trying to fix it and then they all live happily ever after. But with this one, right from the first page it’s go go go. There was never a dull moment in this book and I loved it. It was very fast paced which I also liked. Another thing I loved about this book, was how the characters didn't dramatise everything and they didn't break up over the most ridiculous things. I can’t remember the last time I read a NA book that hasn’t done that.
My only problem with Surviving Ice was that I felt like the ending was very rushed. When it was starting to wrap everything up, I was shocked that there were less than 20 pages until the end. I think another 20 pages or so and it would have been perfect.
Overall, I cannot recommend this book enough. If you like books that have romance, suspense, humour and a strong female character, then Surviving Ice is definitely for you. Don’t be put off by the tattoos and the drama like I was, this book is so much more than that.
K. A. Tucker is quickly becoming one of my favourite New Adult authors! I'm excited to read more of her books. I'm actually reading Ten Tiny Breaths by her and so far, it's just as amazing.
My rating: ★★★★.5 / 5
*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
P.S. Thanks for the help with the new layout Nicky :)
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