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The Price of Ice

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As much as I wanted to love and enjoy this book I just couldn’t. The main character is incredibly unlikable and although she’s supposed to be 17, the writing makes it seem like she’s no older than 13. Her behaviour was immature and ridiculous, to the point when it was unbearable. Also, writing her as if she was 13-14 made the kissing scene really uncomfortable.

Moreover, I reached barely 34% and the incredibly rushed relationship between the main characters was already based on two misunderstandings. I understand using the misunderstanding trope at the end, probably in third act. But using it in the first act and forcing a whole relationship and it’s development on it? Hell no.

Also, I assume Brice is a Christian. He mentions god bunch of times and although him saying he’ll pray for her didn’t bother me that much, him telling the MC god made her have an accident that pretty much ruins her current life just to HUMBLE HER was just… evil. He doesn’t know her that well but says something like that?! Fuck no. I grew up in a very religious community and I have a lot of religious trauma, so reading 💩 like that is a massive red flag for me.

I’m sorry, pushing forward and trying to finish this book would be like torture for me.

The only thing I liked about these 34% was the main character’s relationship with figure skating. I could fully understand why she was putting the importance of it over everything else. At the level she was skating you really need to train hard to achieve anything, so I get why her sprained knee was a complete disaster in her mind. For a figure skater on that level this kind of accident IS a disaster.

Anyway, thank you NetGalley for giving me this arc in exchange for a honest review.

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So many different plot points going on. It was trying to do too much at once. Beautiful civet though!

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A fast-paced journey through the competitive world of figure skating, following the determined and ambitious Kate Reddy. Recently crowned the US National Junior Champion, Kate's laser focus on reaching the Olympics is abruptly disrupted by a freak accident on the ice, setting off a chain of events that force her to reassess her priorities and confront the impact of her single-minded pursuit.

Thank you to NetGalley, BooksGoSocial and author Anita Saxena for the opportunity to review the advance copy of this book.

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I love figure skating, and love reading books about them!

Following Kate after her dreams where halted due to an accident, we follow her determined character to try and help Brice, a hockey player.

Nothing shocking or massive happened in the book, but I enjoyed reading it and following the love between them.

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The Price of Ice is a beautiful story about learning that sometimes the things we sacrifice to achieve a dream are the things that make us stronger. With an authentic voice, it touched my heart and had me cheering at the end.

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DNF'd after 20%, I just really didn't enjoy the characters and worldbuilding. I can't really explain why precisely but it just didn't click with me.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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This was a lovely story. It really brought to life the world of figure skating. It reminded me a little of the Disney movie Ice Princess, or perhaps Ice Castles. I enjoyed the story arc and the character development. It made me feel like I was back on the ice myself and has inspired me to return to the rink and take up my old hobby of ice skating again. Taking inspired action is the highest recommendation for any book! Loved it.

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Thank you to Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel.

I wanted to enjoy this novel, but it was ultimately disappointing. I couldn't stand the heroine, Kate, at all. She acted like a spoiled child and was extremely disrespectful to Brice, the hero. Her entire life seemed completely one-dimensional. I made it to the 37% mark and knew that the amount of development needed for this story to have a satisfactory ending wouldn't be possible during the remainder of the novel. Brice, on the other hand, was so bland that the only thing I for sure remember about him was his belief in God (not sure which religion he followed). Nearly everything he said included God or praying or something in a similar vein. I have nothing against religious characters or religions being included in the novels I read. I enjoy the difference in perspective and broadening of horizons. But it felt so pushy. And on top of being pushy, Brice was flat as a character and I couldn't understand why anyone would want to be with either of these characters, much less see them with each other.

Overall, I had to stop reading because it was making me angry to watch them interact with each other and others. This novel simply wasn't meant for me, but I truly hope it finds its audience.

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I liked the writing and how the story didn’t stale at all, just kept pushing through and intrigued me with the diverse cast of characters their interactions.

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This was a perfect boy meets girl book. A very quick read. Both my daughter and I enjoyed the story.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to see an ARC

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I love ice skating books, but this book fell flat for me. First of all, it definitely should've been longer, as the story felt rushed and the emotinal hits didn't quite pack enough in them.

The characters were a bit basic for me, which was kind of disappointing. They needed to be fleshed out. Basically, this book needed more time worked on it - more character development (yes, for the side characters as well), the plot needed more and the emotions needed to steep for a while longer.

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I apologize for the late review. The review I attempted to post months ago never went through, and I just now noticed. This story was an enjoyable and quick read. I love figure skating so much even though I have never personally done it, so things with it included in it always peek my interest. I loved the characters, and how the story played out throughout the journey of the book. Thank you NetGalley for an arc of this book.

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Poor poor Kate! This girl went THROUGH it!

She's living by a 3 step plan to get to the Olympics. But man, no one in her family has her back! She's struggling to pay for time to skate. Her mom seems like a ditz who's putting herself first. And her dad doesn't support her AT ALL. When we finally get to meet him and see how he's been living... I don't see how she forgives him. Sure he helps when she needs it, finally. But damn, never telling your kid your dating, and he had a dog? Ok, I have to stop with the Dad bashing.

Kate grows in the story. It takes some hard, hard punches but she finally realizes what's important and how she can fit it in with her life.

Bryce... didn't seem like any college age boy I'd ever read about. Which isn't bad, he just seemed a little out of this world!

I love figure skating, and enjoyed this book.

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This was traumatizing. After 100 pages, I needed therapy. Immediately.
Our Mc is incredibly stupid. She acts like she is 12 years.
I love figure skating and as well sports romance. This book claims to be about ice skating, but in reality, it is just about a girl, which tells everyone that she is not like other girls.
And please, why the slang? I don't get it. There is no need for it in books or literature.
But okay, this whatever can not be called literature. It was just too bad to deserve this title.
I hated every second of this book. Sorry not sorry

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I must admit, I requested an ARC of this due to enjoying watching skating and having recently dived into the Netflix show 'Spinning Out'. I did not regret reading this speedy and fulfilling story. If I had to sum it up in one word, it would be cute. Katie is the Junior National Champion for skating but has an unfortunate accident at the beginning of the story when she trips in the ridges in the ice caused by new hockey playing wonder kid Brice. As she faces life with potentially no more skating, she considers whether her priorities have been wrong before.

Katie and Brice's growing closeness is cute and I enjoyed their relationship. However, this pales in comparison to the exploration of the complex relationship with her parents and the development of this, by far the strongest plotline in the book.

There are of course some oddities in the narrative - why did Brice keep forgiving Katie when she was mean and rude? Why did Jen really want to be friends with Katie? Why on earth did Katie consider having surgery without telling her parents? How did Katie's parents make such a quick U-turn to being loving and nurturing?

So, go into this cute story to enjoy it. Don't think too hard about it! 3 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher who provided an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Thanks to net galley and Anita Saxena for this ARC copy.

The Price of Ice follows Kate, a figure skater who has built her whole life around figure skating, losing friends and connection with family in the process. When an unexpected injury brings her face to face with the risk of never skating again and brings all her carefully crafted plans crashing down, she is forced to look at the world and her relationships with clearer eyes, realizing that she herself has pushed everyone away, contrary to her former beliefs.

With the help of Brice, she learns to be more spontaneous and open to the world around her. I'm not sure if this should be considered a Y/A novel though, it seems more suited to a younger demographic.

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3/5 stars, it was just very middle of the road

I saw this book on netgalley and knew I wanted to try it out. After all the hype around the one book, Icebreaker, or something like that, about the romance between an ice skater and a hockey player, this sounded like a great book to try out. This story is about Kate, a figure skater who has one goal, to become an Olympian and win on the podium, but preferably first place of course. Her parents are divorced and her father isn't involved in her life, while her mother just wants her to do normal teen things. Her best friends are becoming less and less interested in her too, she feels quite alone. That is until hockey player Brice, and as she finds herself confronting the possibility of a life without competitive skating he may just convince her to open her heart, as sitting alone on the podium isn't nearly as fun as having people with you.

Doesn't that just sound so fun? That's what I thought. Unfortunately, this book didn't live up to my expectations and there were lots of things that could have been improved on in this book. First of all this book, I feel this would have been a lot better if it had been longer. My arc copy was only 250 pages, and I don't think that was enough storytime for the author to really build the story and emotional impact that they wanted. It seemed that this would be a story of family and learning to let people help you in the long run, as well as an evaluation of competitive sports. But with how fast everything was moving and no developed substance behind it, I did not feel connected and the story felt very shallow.

A lot of the characters in this book were very one-dimensional as well. It was hard to connect to any of them even the main character, but especially her family, and "friends" who we saw maybe once or twice. Even the love interest had almost no substance built up to him, his sister had cancer and this was a big part of his story (being supportive of her) but other than that he didn't do much in the story. I think there could've been a lot more growth from all of them if there had been more built-up about them in the first half of the book.

That being said, I didn't dislike my time reading this book. There was nothing that completely threw me off, it was fine and I would advocate for others giving it a chance, it just wasn't what I was looking for. It also reads like a younger young adult age and story, but the characters are almost adults so I think that threw me off as well. I would be willing to give the author another try if they make other books, I just think this one wasn't my favorite!

[TW: drug use, divorce of parents, skating injury, severe allergic reaction, mention of cheating, cancer, and chemotherapy mentioned]

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I think this book has an important message for young readers, especially those who are struggling with their plans for the future. It's not easy to make choices when you're so young. It's not easy to adapt your whole life in order to achieve those goals. It's not easy to accept that sometimes your body isn't ready for the challenge. And it's not easy to deal with all these emotions without forgetting who you are and what truly matters. For that reason, that's probably a book I would recommend for teenagers.

Personally, it's not one of my favorite reads, because I didn't fall in love with the characters. I wanted to feel more empathy and share their emotions, but I just couldn't. I guess they sounded too young in my head. Still, I finished the book, since I still wanted to know what would happen to them.

Thanks to BooksGoSocial for the DRC!

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The pacing of this book felt really off and the writing rushed. That being said, though, I did like the characters but felt the story was just a bit meh and lacklustre. I felt there was lots of telling too not enough of a balance with showing and the uneven balance between characters,

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This book world of competitive figure skating will make readers want to strap on a pair of skates. If you love YA romance this book is perfect for you

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