Wednesday, July 4, 2012

ARC Review + Giveaway: Cold Fury

Title: Cold Fury
Author: T.M. Goeglein
Genre: YA Mystery/Contemporary
Release Date: July 24th

See it at Goodreads

Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos in this breathtaking adventure

Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance--until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob).

Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It's a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies--a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense--hidden in its pages the secret to "ultimate power." It's why she's being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives.

I won Cold Fury in a giveaway on LibraryThing. Before I start, I’d like to make a small note to just say that I rarely directly ask publishers for ARCs (have never been given them either) and usually these ARC reviews are from giveaways I’ve won or digital e-ARCs that I’ve been granted through NetGalley or Edelweiss. At the end of this review, you’ll find a Rafflecopter form that you can fill out and enter for a chance to win my advanced copy of Cold Fury. Unfortunately, this is a U.S. only giveaway. And I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

Cold Fury took me by surprise really. I’ve always loved movies like Mission Impossible and The Bourne Supremacy, and while reading this book, I felt like I’d been transported into one of those films. The thing about this story is that it’s different. It’s not your typical YA Mystery/Contemporary. It completely feels like its own genre while you’re reading. You have action and adventure, mystery and a little bit of romance, suspense and family drama--all rolled into one nicely written tale. What I liked best was the narration. Sara Jane has spunk, despite her flaws. She’s not perfect, physically or emotionally, and she’s not afraid to admit it. But she does her best and gives you a story that you don’t want to stop reading, even when you’re about to burn supper (true story).

Everything about this story grabbed me. I have to be honest though…it’s not as fast-paced as I’d hoped. It started a bit slow with a solid building of the characters, life, and background, but I really didn’t have a problem with this. Some people may. Some people may go running for it expecting something so action-packed that it never quits from the first page. This is not it. I’m a character and plot-driven person. And that’s what I loved about Cold Fury. It gave it all. I saw a movie in my mind playing the entire time.

Cold Fury--a fantastic page-turner.

4 stars!


Win an ARC of Cold Fury

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