Review: Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein

Cold Fury (Cold Fury #1) by T.M. Goeglein
publisher: Putnam Juvenile (Penguin imprint)
release date: July 24, 2012
source: received for review
book links: goodreads / amazon
author links: twitter / blog

Looking for a “men who mumble” YA read with a heroine who not only kicks butt but also has the smarts to unravel a decades old secret? Then this is the book for you!

Sarah Jane Rispoli comes from a quite and very devoted Italian family of bakers. Her great grandpa down to her dad had spent countless hours kneading dough and baking cookies. In Sarah’s eyes, they were a family that kept to themselves, letting almost no one in their family circle. Things change when Sarah overhears hushed conversations between her mom and dad, and worsen when Uncle Buddy marries Greta. Then, her family disappears and Sarah has no one to rely on except herself.

Sara Jane is my type of heroine. She is strong, fierce, loyal and determined. Her gusto is admirable and her ability to think straight in a storm is downright amendable. For a white-knuckle storm (and I MEAN WHITE-KNUCKLE) she is thrown into, and it is up to her to find her family – if they’re still alive.

EEEEKK! The ending has quite the twist I didn’t see coming, it was perfect and will carry well into the next book. Can’t wait for more!

My only complaint: There is a lot of reminiscing backstory. While that backstory is important, I would have preferred less. It seems to overtake the current plot at times. Also, the story has a very slow build. Nothing seems to happen in the first ten chapters. I know this is the first in a trilogy and everything needs to be laid out, but it was too slow and I almost lost interest.

One gripe: I know this is super minor and unimportant nitpicky detail, but the word “crisp” was overused. I counted at least four uses in a six-paragraph range.

This is a YA thriller that is not to be missed.


p.s. my heart was literally racing in one scene and I screamed, “DON’T GO IN THERE!” True story. Ask my husband.

One Response to “Review: Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein”

  1. I was on the fence about this book when it first came out. I hadn’t seen hardly any reviews for it so I didn’t check it out. Great review and I’m off to see if Cold Fury is in my library system.

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