Monday, July 16, 2012

Review: Cold Fury by T. M. Goeglein

Cold Fury by T. M. Goeglein (#1)
Pages: 313
Release Date:  July 24th, 2012
Date Read:  2012, June 13th-16th
Received:  ARC won on Librarything
Rating:  2/5 stars
Recommended to:  15+

Sara Jane Rispoli thought her 16th year would be sweet.  Instead, she finds herself being chased and hunted like a dog.  Her family disappeared, her father's secrets ready to burst.  It's up to Sara Jane to take a stand, before she loses her family forever.

This is one of those books I wish I could write a 5-star review on.  Instead, I am left confused and wondering how this book didn't receive some major revision.

I hate writing reviews like this because I don't want to sound rude...just honest.  I really couldn't believe this book.  I was shocked by the lack of story.  The writing was okay but very formulated.
Short sentence.
Short sentence.
Short sentence.
Looooonnnng paragraph.
And repeat.
This is the entire book - I swear.  It got strangely irritating.

Sara Jane Rispoli was a really awesome character (this is about the only good thing I have to say).  I would totally hang out with her at her dad's bakery and talk about old films (her passion).  I just wish the story had been better executed so I could have enjoyed getting to know her.

The other characters, for the most part, either fell flat or were cheesy stereotypes.  I liked Willy and I really liked Knuckles.  However, Doug, Mark and even Sara's parents -  I just didn't enjoy them.

This book starts out incredibly slllllllooooowwwwww.....  It's kind of ridiculous.  Some of the stories were interesting, but there is absolutely NO action for, like 80 pages.  It's ALL set up.  The setup might have been more interesting had the author mixed in the actual story line.  But nooooo...  I was so bored out of my mind.

I think it's awesome that Sara Jane is a boxer, and a good one at that.  I think it would have been amazing to read a YA book about the Mafia.  The execution, however, was so poor that I nearly DNFed the book 20 times.

Also, I don't get Doug's part of the story.  After a few great, intense chapters involving the mob, Sara Jane goes back to school and uses her powers in the mod to save Doug from committing suicide.  Erm, sorry, don't really care.  If I had cared for Doug's character, if he had been introduced as a character I was interested in, I would have enjoyed that.  But because I was only interested in Sara Jane finding her family, I wanted the mystery, the dark side of the Mafia where beefy guys don't do favor exchanges with 16-year-old girls.  Sorry, but it just didn't work for me.

Very poor.  I'm sorry, but it did nothing for me at all.  I don't recommend it, but if you still wanna give it a go, by all means - you might actually enjoy it.

For the Parents -
Cussing, brief and very strong.  (GD, F)  No sex.  A few very intense sequences, with some blood.  Recommended 15+


  1. Oh no! I hate it when books start out so slowly that you can't get into it :( For me, I think that the first chapters should be more of a hook than build-up -- because I have to admit that I'm the kind of girl who has too many books on my TBR that if I can't get into a book right away, I'll probably set it aside in favour of another book.  The fact that Sara Jane is a boxer is really cool, but besides that? I don't know.

    Still, thank you so much for the awesome honest review, Sierra! I know it's never easy to write a review for a book you didn't like, but you did such a wonderful job! I hope your next book is much better :) <3

  2. Aw, I'm sorry this book didn't work out for you! It sounded like a really cool premise but the slowness & the structure doesn't sound very appealing! I'm glad at least Sara was an awesome character. I would love to hang at her bakery too! Thanks for your insightful and honest review. :) 

  3. I've heard some great things about this book - sorry that you didn't like it! It's been on my wishlist but I'm starting to rethink how much I want to read it. Thanks for your honesty!

  4. I rarely like books by male authors so I think I'll give this one a miss. Thanks for your honest opinion. :)

  5. Thanks for the comment Mimi (even though it took me forever to reply...)! I'm so bummed that I didn't enjoy this book - I hope it does more for you!

  6. Yes, Sara was a great character. I just wish I'd been able to see her in action more of the time! Thanks for the comment!

  7. Thank you for commenting! I hope you enjoy this one!

  8. Thanks for the comment, Rebecca!

  9. Interesting review. too bad I like the cover and this one is on my TBR list.

  10. Well, you just affirmed for me why I didn't bring Cold Fury home from the library the other day. I picked it up because the cover caught my eye (it is a good one. Sounds like the best part of the whole thing), but something about it made me put it back. That is unusual for me when it comes to blurbs that scream action, action and powers, you say? Thank you for your review. I am a newbie to your blog, and I enjoy how articulate, well thought out, straight forward and to the point without being novel length. :)

  11. I didn't hear many good things about this book, people were saying that it's OK, but nothing.. extraordinary. You just confirmed that in your review. Sorry it wasn't better!

  12. I'm so bummed about this one...I know plenty of others who love it but it just didn't work for me. And thank you for the encouraging words about my blog! I always need encouragement! :D Thanks for commenting and following! :D

  13. Thanks for the comment, Evie! I am bummed but I know plenty of others loved it...maybe you will, too? ;)

  14. I heard about this book on a blog (I don't remember its name) and I thought it was a good book. I'm glad I read your review because now I'm decided to read ''Cold Fury''.
    PS: Great review :D

  15. I read this book also but it was not my cup of tea.