February 26, 2019
Blurb: Brooke Parker never expected to find herself in the tiny town of Juniper Falls, Minnesota. Of course, she also never expected to lose her dad. Or for her mom to lose herself. Brooke feels like she’s losing it…until she finds Juniper Falls hockey. Juniper Falls girls’ hockey, that is.
Jake Hammond, current prince of Juniper Falls, captain of the hockey team, and player with the best chance of scoring it big, is on top of the world. Until one hazing ritual gone wrong lands him injured, sitting on the sidelines, and—shocking even to him—finding himself enjoying his “punishment” as assistant coach for the girls’ team.
As Jake and Brooke grow closer, he finds the quiet new girl is hiding a persona full of life, ideas, and experiences bigger and broader than anything he’s ever known. But to Jake, hockey’s never just been a game. It’s his whole life. And leveraging the game for a shot at their future might be more than he can give.
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
If you asked me to name you a YA author who is constantly churning out quality books, hands down I would put Julie Cross at the top of that list. Between her Juniper Falls series (read my reviews for Breaking the Ice and Off the Ice) and her Eleanor Ames series (read my review for both Chasing Truth and Hiding Lies, she’s crafted page-turning novels that make the reader think as well as provide a feel-good ending. On Thin Ice is definitely the best YA novel I’ve read so far this year.
Hockey is the most important thing in Juniper Falls. If you didn’t play hockey, it’s most likely you wouldn’t be remembered. As with everything that becomes an obsession, Juniper Falls hockey has a dark side, which is slowly revealed in On Thin Ice as Jake Hammond’s hockey career is put on ice (pun intended) and the aftermath of a hazing ritual, one that has gone on before the current players were even born comes to light.
Brooke Parker’s mother is one of the people that most of Juniper Falls forgot after she left, but Brooke very much needs to feel like she fits in after she and her mother return so she signs up to join the hockey team despite never having played.
As you may have guessed, Brooke and Jake are attracted to each other and while this is a YA romance it is so much more. It’s a reflection on betrayal at many levels, friendship, loyalty, and how people become lost. It’s a discussion on how people become part of the crowd and discard those who aren’t. And, lastly an acknowledgement that the good guys can win and that justice will prevail.
I received a complimentary copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.