January 2, 2018 | Posted by Victoria in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Young Adult Blog Tours | 2 Comments


Series: Juniper Falls #2
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication Date: December 26, 2017 by Entangled Teen
Format: eARC
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3 Stars
Source: Blog Tours, Chapter By Chapter

Haley Stevenson seems like she’s got it all together: cheer captain, “Princess” of Juniper Falls, and voted Most Likely to Get Things Done. But below the surface, she’s struggling with a less-than-stellar GPA and still reeling from the loss of her first love. Repeating her Civics class during summer school is her chance to Get Things Done, not angst over boys. In fact, she’s sworn them off completely until college.

Fletcher Scott is happy to keep a low profile around Juniper Falls. He’s always been the invisible guy, warming the bench on the hockey team and moonlighting at a job that would make his grandma blush. Suddenly, though, he’s finding he wants more: more time on the ice, and more time with his infuriatingly perfect summer-school study partner.

But leave it to a girl who requires perfection to shake up a boy who’s ready to break all the rules.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Breaking the Ice is the second book in the Juniper Falls series. It’s a YA hockey romance that follows Fletcher, a side character from Off the Ice, the first book in the series. Like most series that follow side characters, it can be read as a standalone.

I read the first book in Julie Cross’ series last year and really enjoyed it, and couldn’t wait to learn about more of the characters from this world. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to receive an early review copy of this book!

It was a cute story to read, the two characters were relatable and fun to read about. One thing I personally didn’t like was the cheerleading representation. I don’t think it’ll be a big deal to most people, but because I’m a former cheerleader I get irked when cheerleaders aren’t represented correctly.

Going into the book, I didn’t know much about it besides it was the sequel to a book I enjoyed in 2017, and was surprised to read that the male main character has severe allergies. Fletcher has severe allergic reactions to many different food stuff, which makes it difficult to be around individuals who have eaten/are eating those foods. I’ve never read a book with a character with any type of allergy, much less one that makes it difficult to be around people he cares about or one that worries about someone purposely feeding him products he’s allergic to. I don’t know much about allergies, so I can’t say how accurate the representation is, but I was glad to read about a character with a disability that isn’t really ever written about.

I also enjoyed reading the snippets of Fletcher practicing hockey with characters from the first book. Fletcher is relatively new to the team, so he gets to form relationships with team members that other characters new well in the last book. I also enjoyed reading about Tate and Claire, and seeing where they are after the end of the first book.


About Julie Cross

Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She's a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. She's a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.

Outside of her reading and writing credibility's, Julie Cross is a committed--but not talented--long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

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