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August 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Flicker & Burn (Cold Fury #2) by T.M. Goeglein – Review & Giveaway

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Flicker & Burn (Cold Fury #2) by T.M. Goeglein

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Sara Jane Rispoli is still searching for her missing family, but instead of fighting off a turncoat uncle and crooked cops, this time she finds herself on the run from creepy beings with red, pulsing eyes and pale white skin chasing her through the streets in ice cream trucks; they can only be described as Ice Cream Creatures. They’re terrifying and hell bent on killing her, but they’re also a link to her family, a clue to where they might be and who has them. While she battles these new pursuers, she’s also discovering more about her own cold fury and more about the Chicago Outfit, how the past misdeeds–old murders and vendettas–might just be connected to her present and the disappearance of her family. But connecting the dots is tough and time-consuming and may finally be the undoing of her relationship with the handsome Max–who’s now her boyfriend. But for his own safety, Sara Jane may have to end this relationship before it even really starts. Her pursuers who’ve shown her her mother’s amputated finger and the head of the Chicago Outfit who’s just whistled her in for a sit-down make a romance unthinkable. The only thing that matters is finding her family and keeping everyone she loves alive.

 

add to goodreadsFlicker & Burn (Cold Fury #2) by T.M. Goeglein
Publication Date:  August 20, 2013
Publisher:  Putnam Juvenile

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Gabby NewAfter finishing Cold Fury almost a year ago, I have been super excited to begin reading the sequel to the novel. Sarah Jane was yet to find her parents when Cold Fury ended, she’d learned that her family was involved in the Chicago Outfit (a.k.a. The Mafia) then became a member of the Outfit herself. And just when things couldn’t get any more insane, Sarah Jane learned that her eyes held power in the form of fear inducing cold fury. I know that for a lot of people who read Cold Fury they found the novel to be playful while also maintaining a serious tone and that it definitely delivered in giving a main character worth cheering on to the very last page. All that in mind, the novel instantly became one of my all-time favorites and I’ve had super high expectations for the sequel Flicker & Burn. What happened in this sequel were things… things that I didn’t see coming (and I’d compare the twists in the novel to Flashpoint for any of you DC comic buffs that have read the graphic novel) and yes Flicker & Burn was awesome.

Flicker & Burn starts off a couple of months after the end of Cold Fury, Sarah Jane has moved with Doug into the Bird Cage Club and has been re-reading the notebook to uncover to uncover ultimate power in the notebook’s final chapter “Volta”.  The novel starts off with a fast pace when Sarah Jane is attacked by a creature with glowing red eyes that have been stalking her inside of Mister Kreamy Kone trucks. As Sarah Jane tries to figure out what these creatures are and what they want with her, she finds her relationship with her boyfriend Max is spiraling out of control especially since he wants to meet her family. Sarah Jane is in luck when family members she didn’t know she has drop in from out of the blue; Her great-uncle, Uncle Jack, his daughter Annabelle and her daughter/Sarah Jane’s cousin (ex-teen star) Heather.

Using them as an excuse to keep her distance from Max, Sarah Jane finds friendship in her cousin heather and delves into a world full of mystery and past-murders that are connected to her family’s business in the Outfit.  Sarah Jane’s friendship with her cousin is tested when she discovers that Heather has cold fury and is quickly beginning to discover how to use it. While juggling having to battle Ice Cream Creatures, a power hungry cousin, Max and the search for her family—Sarah Jane finds herself becoming one of the Outfit’s most valuable members. In pursuit of finding her family, Sarah Jane uncovers secrets about cold fury and becomes at odds and ends with her duty and her mission dedicated to her loved ones.

When I first started reading Flicker & Burn I will admit that being thrown into some fast paced action was nice and refreshing, while also reminding me of why I loved the first novel so much. It was the introduction of the Ice Cream Creatures that had me a bit skeptic about my love for the entire series, I have been so used to the series being (mostly) realistic in that there’s some science to the plot and it isn’t supernatural/paranormal in any way or form… however the addition of creatures with glowing eyes had me wondering if vampires or something had been thrown into the mix. I learned in the end that all along there was science to the Ice Cream Creatures’ existence and that readers shouldn’t be worried about paranormalcy being added into the series at all.

A big part of Flicker & Burn is Sarah Jane’s family reunion (kinda). We experience the weirdness that would come with finding out at the worst time possible that Sarah Jane has more family to look out for, but also get to become interested in the character Heather. She is the anti-Sarah Jane Rispoli. Where Sarah Jane is tomboyish and badass, Heather… is Heather. She’s the pretty popular mean girl that is always clichéd on TV, but what makes her a worthwhile character is the fact that she goes from an ally to Sarah Jane to an antagonist. She masters her cold fury like a boss (bau5) and uses it against Sarah Jane, resulting in a faceoff worthy of any film adaptation. There are a ton of bad guys in Flicker & Burn, ranging from crazy cousins to Ice Cream Creatures to gangsters to a creepy fat guy (Jabba?). I know that sometimes when there is more than one main antagonist the reader can get overwhelmed, so not the case in Flicker & Burn. The antagonists in Flicker & Burn are mean, sinister and everything that real villains should be.

At the end of the day, I’ll admit that this novel concluded in a way that has left me dying for a sequel. I want—no I need to know what happens next to Sarah Jane. There are so many ends that need to be tied up and maybe she’ll finally get the happy ending she deserves.

You can check out our review of book 1, Cold Fury, HERE!

 

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T.M. Goeglein began his career as a writer of print and television ads for a host of advertising and media companies. As a screenwriter, he created both original scripts and worked as a script doctor for several production companies in Los Angeles. He was an original contributor to the Huffington Post ‘Living’ section, and continues to write for both the national edition and Huffington Post Chicago. Read T.M. Goeglein’s stories on the Huffington Post.

His debut young adult novel, COLD FURY, will be published by Penguin/Putnam in 2012 and is the first in a trilogy; he’s currently working on the second book. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Laura, and two young children.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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2 Comments

  1. Linda Ulrich
    8/18/2013

    Have been looking for a new author to read, your books sound intriguing and I look forward to meeting such a diverse mix of characters :-)

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