The story brought me back to my teen years and the phenomenon that was Ice Castles. This contemporary view of the competitive world of ice skating. ..Show More »All the tantalizing components are there: evil villain, spunky heroine, shy creative boy etc. This series is an excellent addition to YA genre.
Losing the Ice is the sequel novella to last year’s Crossing the Ice. I really liked getting to know the world of competitive figure skating with this..Show More » series, and appreciate the icy setting in the midst of a hot and humid summer. I was glad to see there’s a sequel to check in on competitors-turned-power-couple Josh and Courtney. The title Losing the Ice hints at rocky times and I was surprised to see the challenges facing our favorite skating duo. This novella packs a lot of action and character development in its just-under-four-hour audiobook. I enjoyed revisiting this world though it also made me anxious for the next installment!
As Losing the Ice begins, Josh and Courtney are together and a happy couple on and off the ice. Soon though they are faced with a challenge (a skating accident) that threatens their Olympic dreams. Their relationship is fairly new to take on a test like this, and Josh and Courtney get support from an unlikely source.
Author Jennifer Comeaux makes the skating scenes shine and makes you invested in Josh and Courtney’s dreams of Olympic gold. Sometimes novellas seem kind of throwaway but this one really moves the story along in a satisfying way. Comeaux’s writing is engaging and she adds new dimensions to her characters in this installment. One character in particular really steps up to the plate, though Josh’s parents are still insufferable.
Audiobook narrator Emily Stokes has a knack for voices, and her voice for the protagonist Courtney is especially strong. Stokes also has fun with the voices for the young twins, Mrs. Cassar, and the skating coaches. There is also a point in the book where Courtney talks on the phone and Stokes makes the background sound kind of muffled like you are hearing an actual phone call. There was a little bit of background noise in the audiobook that was distracting at times but overall I thought Stokes did a good job with the narration.
If you enjoy figure skating or sports romance I highly recommend you check out this series. Look for the final installment, Taking the Ice, this fall.
The final book in the Ice Series by Jennifer Comeaux, was a loving conclusion to Josh and Courtney's story. The author did a great job with these char..Show More »acters, making me fall in love with them. Emily Stokes also did a beautiful job narrating. I couldn't have dreamed of a better match for this series. Looking forward to many more books from the both of them.