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On Thin Ice

(Juniper Falls #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  380 ratings  ·  116 reviews
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
Paperback, 340 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Entangled: Teen
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Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s no secret, I’m totally in love with Julie Cross’s books. Her characters always come with quirky personalities and I just can’t resist them.

Jake Hammond is the captain of Juniper falls hockey team and towns the crowned prince. He’s not what I expected and he’s very swoon-worthy. Jake is all about hockey. He keeps his head in the game and doesn’t get distracted. At the beginning of the season, something goes terribly wrong. A 100-year-old hockey hazing goes so badly Jake is left with more th
Kristy K
3.5 Stars

Brooke, the new girl in town, moves there to her grandma’s after her dad is imprisoned and her mom spirals into depression. Jake, captain of the hockey team in a hockey town, suffers an injury after a hazing ritual gone wrong. They meet because of this incident and although first both wary of the other they soon develop a friendship that turns into more.

I think Brooke and Jake were great for each other. They both helped the other grow and gave them someone to talk to and lean on.

This b
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I had read and enjoyed the other books in this series, so I was pretty much in from the beginning.

I liked Brooke and Jake. They both have a lot of things going on in their lives and with their quick connection, they find a person to support them. They each opened up with the other and I liked getting to know them. I especially liked seeing characters from the other books.

Plot wise, this was not the fluffy book the blurb leads you to believe. Being familiar with the other books in the series, I
Samantha (WLABB)
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, ya, arcs, romance
Rating: 4.5 Stars

After a near fatal accident, Jake begins to question some of the traditions surrounding Otter hockey, but is Jake willing to risk his future to challenge traditions that have endured for over 100 years?

• Pro: Cross impressed me by taking on this topic. It was a rather interesting look at how entrenched these traditions become, and how difficult it can be to abandon those which are toxic. The characters' reactions and struggle with the situation came across as very authentic, and
Julie Cross continues her Juniper Falls series with On Thin Ice, a young adult, sports romance that perfectly blends first love angst, a dash suspense and a sprinkle of exciting hockey.

Jake Hammond had it all. The fame, the captain title and the best shot at continuing his hockey career. Until a century’s old initiation ritual goes terribly wrong and he ends up with broken bones and a position in the girls’ hockey team.

When Brooke Parker’s father was convicted she didn’t just lose him, she los
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On Thin Ice is the romantic and sensational third book in the Juniper Falls series. Ice hockey, scintillating romance, heartbreaking family troubles, strong friendship and a soul searching story about standing up for what’s right, On Thin Ice has all the pieces to create a captivating story which I devoured.

When Brooke has to move to a new town to escape her father’s incarceration and her mother’s breakdown, she planned to stay invisible. The last thing she expects is to connect with the town’s
I’ve not come back to Julie Cross’s Juniper Falls series in a while and to dive back into high school/college sports is still a change from what I’m used to.

Still, ‘On Thin Ice’ is more than what it reads from the blurb and the more I read, the more I realised that the romance is merely part of a larger storyline dealing with the culture of hazing and the coverup for fear of being called a tattle-tale.

I didn’t like Jake’s unwillingness to do the right thing, even after people got hurt (the poi
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
Brooke’s life has fallen apart and she’s been uprooted from Texas to her grandmother’s home in Juniper Falls. Her mother is a shell of the person she used to be and Brooke feels totally on her own in this hockey-obsessed town. When she witnesses a hazing ritual that goes too far, she has local hockey star Jake Hammond seeking her out asking for her silence. Joining the new girl’s hockey team means she’s seeing a lot more of Jake and her determination to keep her head down and just get by doesn’t ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

I have liked the other books in the Juniper Falls series, but I really loved On Thin Ice. It completely surpassed my expectations and I enjoyed it so much that I already want to re-read it.

I found both Jake and Brooke really likable characters. They both have had rough things happen in their lives and I felt like their reactions made sense for their age and situations. I also really loved them together. Their relationsh
Kate R
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This is the 3rd book in the Juniper Falls series. I haven’t read the other books in the series, but I still think this is a standalone. The other couples in the other books do show up in this one, and I liked them so much I will probably go back and read the other ones.

The book starts with a hockey hazing ritual, which goes seriously wrong. I thought Jake was a great character, with lots of dimension. Brooke was definitely harder to get to know. I was really trying to piece together her past th
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelly
Full disclosure: I didn't realize that this was the third book in a series when I picked it up, but I'm happy to say that it reads like a true standalone. I had no problem connecting with Brooke and Jake's story, and didn't feel like I was missing any puzzle pieces. In fact, it wasn't until the very end when I put together which couples the previous books revolved around. So, if you, like me, are on the fence about it being the third book in a series you haven't read yet? I enthusiastically say, ...more
Taylor Fenner
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have I mentioned how much I love this series?? I was so excited when I heard the series would be continuing with On Thin Ice and the yummy Jake Hammond.

Brook is the new girl, the quiet girl with the messed up past and the screwed up parents, neither of which she wants to talk about. But that's okay, because she's really interested in listening lately. Meanwhile, Jake is finally a senior, top of the food chain in school and hockey. Captain is in his sights and he's hoping for a good scholarship.
Lauren - SERIESous Books

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. This is a voluntary review; all opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**

This was the Juniper Falls story I was waiting for the most and it did not disappoint!

I love how all the themes from the last two novels accumulated into this one and got brought to the forefront. The whole hazing plotline was fascinating and realistically on point with things happening in society right now. Sports are great for many reason
Susan's Reviews
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brooke and Jake share a terrible secret: Jake takes the fall for a near fatal drowning during a hazing incident for the freshman hockey players on their high school team. I was extremely proud of the way the young people in this story banded together to try to fight the corruption and unethical behavior of their coaching staff. Although the hazing incident was successfully covered up and scandal was averted, Jake decides that he cannot remain silent any longer and his teammates rally behind him. ...more
Tracy  C
3 1/2 stars. Pretty good YA book. I really liked Jake and how the whole incident and how it was covered up really bothered him. Brooke was such a strong character. The whole story was interesting and move along nicely. My issue was that I felt like I was missing some info. I didn't read the previous 2 books, but I feel like this book should have stood on its own. Also, the ending was a bit abrupt. ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
First off, I have to be honest here, I don't think the blurb was accurately written. I thought I was getting into a sweet, YA romance that would deal with some harder things (the blurb does mention a hazing thing gone wrong), but mostly skirt over the real issue and ultimately end up being a quick read. Boy was I wrong. Not a quick YA read, despite the quick nature of the plot. What normally would've taken me 3 -4 ish hours to finish - even with as many pages as this book has, took probably doub ...more
Lenore Kosinski

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

4.5 stars — Dude, if this is the end of the series, I’m going to be really sad. Each story has been a fascinating look at hockey in a small town, and this one just brought that all together in the most perfect way. You can totally read it as a standalone, but if you do read them as a series, you’ll see how all the little events from the previous two books have cu
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sex-positive-ya
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Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
On Thin Ice is the third book in the Juniper Falls series.  You can easily read each book as a standalone, but I recommend reading them in order.  The third book talked about stuff that happened in the other books and there are characters that appear in each one.  

Jake is a local hockey star.  It's his senior year and he's going to be captain.  The senior boys take the freshmen boys out to a lake for their hazing.  This has been done for 100 years (or so they have been told), so it's tradition. 
Deborah E Kehoe
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the city of Juniper Falls hockey reigns supreme. When Brooke Parker’s father goes to jail, she and her mother return to her mom’s home town to live with her grandmother. With her mother’s downward spiral into depression Brooke turns to hockey to take her mind of her troubles and joins the brand new girls hockey team. Jake Hammond, captain of the Varsity boys hockey team, finds himself on the wrong side of the law when a 100 year old hockey tradition goes wrong. As punishment he has to be the ...more
Manon the Malicious
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
*4.25 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

On Thin Ice is the third book set in Jupiter Falls, small town in Minnesota. In this book, we meet Brooke and Jake. Jake is a senior and the captain of the Hockey team, Brooke, a sophomore, just moved here from Austin and has barely ever set food on the ice. But as she tours the town with the guidance counselor, she stumbles into a training session and is mesmerized by how Jake Hammond, number 42 glides on the ice.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
I want to say that I don’t expect YAs to be occasionally deep with beautifully poetic writing and lovably (or at least toleratedly) flawed. I want to say that I don’t secretly enjoy when a book I’m expecting to just act as a lighthearted life buffer turns out to be something m o r e to me.

In light of this, I guess this was my problem with On Thin Ice. I’m lowkey naturally drawn to books about ice and hockey and skating in any way shape or form, kind of like my music thing too, so I couldn’t not
Erica Chilson
I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 Stars

Young Adult age-range: 14+ disclaimer on hazing rituals gone wrong.

On Thin Ice is the third installment of the Juniper Falls series. This is a standalone series, meaning the books can be read out of series order with no confusion felt by the reader.

I'm a big fan of Julie Cross's writing style and the way she creates young adult who are believable and lifelike, their quirkiness a breath of fresh air rather than ove
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
<>Original review: A Novel Glimpse

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Can I just start by saying how disappointed I am in myself for not reading a book by Julie Cross until now? I have seen several rave reviews for her Juniper Falls series in the past. I always wanted to read one of those books, but never did. Shame on me! I absolutely adored On Thin Ice. On Thin Ice is one of those young adult novels that digs deep, but leaves you feeling all happy and bubbly inside. Or a
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Just to be clear, my rating has almost nothing to do with Jake and Brooke's romantic journey. They were inoffensive enough, I suppose, but didn't possess much by way of personalities, let alone swoonworthy romantic chemistry. They were, however, effective at pushing the plot toward a highly satisfying exposure of the town's toxic hockey culture.

This culture is in evidence in the rest of the series, but as it provided a convenient source of conflict in both those books, I was never quite sure if
Sarah  Bittel
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I have read all of the companion books to this one in the Juniper Falls series by Julie Cross and this one far exceeded all the rest ( which I enjoyed quite a bit). What made this one even better was the depth of the story and the topics is touched on that I wasnt expecting. This wasnt just another YA romance where new girl meets handsome popular boy and they live happily ever after. This story involves pain and regret. It discusses loss and the struggle of mental health, the power of finding yo ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2

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.

Diane Lynch
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Julie Cross scores a hat trick with the third book in the Juniper Falls series, ON THIN ICE. Hockey captain, Jake Hammond, is tasked with helping coach the new girl’s hockey team after being injured during a hazing ritual. He discovers that there is more to life then hockey as he gets to know the new girl, Brooke Parker. This story is suitable for young adults. It takes place in Juniper Falls, Minnesota.

I liked Brooke. She has had to deal with a difficult home life situation that caused her to r
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This was not what the blurb lead me to believe. Instead of a hockey romance this is about bullying, harrassment, and standing up for what is right. So just know that there is some darkness in here that isn't shown in the blurb.
If you enjoy a deep story with a side of romance then this might just be the book for you.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was completely obsessed with this book from page one. I read book one in this series and felt that the middle dragged out a bit, that was 100% not the case with this book. I couldn’t put it down – I’m already excited to read the next book in the series.

Brooke has had her life completely flipped upside down – her father is arrested, her and her mother, who is a drug zombie most days, have had to move from their Texas home to live with her grandmother in Michigan also meaning that she has had to
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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!


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