Cold Fury (Cold Fury Series #1)

Cold Fury (Cold Fury Series #1)

by T. M. Goeglein


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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.

Action packed, with fresh, cinematic writing, Cold Fury is a riveting and imaginative adventure readers will devour.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142426319
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/13/2013
Series: Cold Fury Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 666,514
Product dimensions: 5.72(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

T. M. Goeglein lives in Chicago, Illinois. This is his first book.

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"Readers will no doubt enjoy the action-packed scenes and quick getaways . . . an engaging thriller."—VOYA

"Engaging, including action sequences that are forthright and expeditious."—SLJ

"For readers who have had to look to adult suspense like James Bond for a rush, this one has a heroine worth cheering."—Booklist

“...several fun hooks...”—Publishers Weekly

"Goeglein’s book has a lot going for it—Sara Jane's school friendships, her warm relationship with her family, cool Mob stuff, boxing action, some humor . . . " —Kirkus Reviews

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Cold Fury 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Holy, awesome book, Batman! I fell in love with Cold Fury before I even began reading the content within its amazingly written pages. It was love at first sight the moment I gazed at the cover. It called to me, it was destiny telling me that I was going to enjoy every second of the novel and like always (or, most of the time) I was correct! Cold Fury is a captivating story packed with action, dark family secrets, and a strong female main character on the run from the police—and I adored every minute of it. Cold Fury begins with a prelude that catches the reader’s attention and drags you into the beginning of the story. I found the story original in the way that it begins by introducing us to the life of the main character, Sarah Jane Rispoli, up to the present day. The one thing that definitely caught my attention was the fact early in the novel when Sarah Jane is still six years old, she gets into boxing. And holy, finally somebody got it right, Batman! T.M. Goeglein doesn’t describe the sport in some cheesy, cliché way. The author uses the correct terminology and realistic movements and actions. Thank goodness. When the story does finally end up giving us the story introduced on the back of the book, I was finally well acquainted with Sarah Jane and was shocked at the quick pacing of the novel. Not once was I bored. It kept my attention when it came to boxing, family feuds, and eventually the mob. Goeglein managed to make me sorrowful, happy, and constantly kept me on the edge of my seat. The main character is one that I personally think has no equal, despite being so badass, Sarah Jane, still holds human qualities and is still very vulnerable. Plus, she holds an inhuman stare that strikes fear into the hearts of many. Awesome-sauce. Since her family has been kidnapped, I felt that I could easily put myself in Sarah Jane’s situation; Doing dangerous things to save the people she loves. Goeglein used descriptions to his advantage and had a writing style that I am yet to be introduced to, which was more than refreshing. However, I hope that if I ever do literally end up in Sarah Jane’s shoes it isn’t because my family is a part of the Chicago Outfit and somebody wants a notebook filled with family secrets and Italian words. By the way, readers, there was a bunch of Italian being spoken in the novel and I found it nice to see another language besides English and to have translations (and it gave the novel the 80’s movie mobster feel). I would recommend Cold Fury to fans of action, mafia/gangster movies, and YA adventure novels. From what I’ve seen from Cold Fury, I want not only a sequel but more novels like this in the YA market. Seriously guys, this is officially part of my top 3 favorite YA novels.
Suzanne520 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to receive ¿Cold Fury¿ through the Library Thing Early Reviewer¿s Program. As always, I never allow winning a book to alter my opinion. I was surprised by ¿Cold Fury.¿ It really wasn¿t at all what I was expecting. The opening page had me laughing at one of the cheesiest jokes I have read in a book; ¿my nose is Roman, as in its roaming all over my face.¿ Luckily, I am a huge fan of cheesy jokes, so I was encouraged to keep reading, if for nothing else than the potential humor factor.The easy, if not cheesy, wit on the first page quickly dissolved into a whole lot of back story thrust at you as drawn out as possible. It gave the first third of the book this sort of text book feel, and it was difficult for me to stay interested. I don¿t like to quit on books without finishing them, so despite the slow introductory stage, I stuck with the book. The pace certainly picked up toward the middle. The cars presented in this book would have made my husband drool, and the scenery was well created. It was a lot easier for me to stay involved in the book. I began to feel more invested in the characters, and rooted for them to come out on top.If this book sounds interesting to you, I would definitely suggest giving it a try. It wasn¿t one of my favorite books of the year, but it was fairly entertaining and fun.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow! Are you looking for something packed with action on every page? Something fresh, fast and gripping? That's what Cold Fury is: a furious and unique adventure that keeps readers on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. With clear, straightforward writing that feels like it works better in an action movie, this book will keep you up reading late into the night.Young Sara Jane Rispoli hasn't had a completely normal life -or a completely normal family. She's grown up on her own terms, the unexpected daughter of a mafia family. Everything changes when her parents and brother are kidnapped, her uncle betrays her and she's on the run from mafia assassins. As Sara digs deeper into her family's past, she learns that there is much more at stake than she could have possible imagined.I was honestly not too excited about this book when I first picked it up. It just didn't seem like something that I would enjoy (despite the Italian mafia theme). And that's when I started reading, from the first page, my opinion was completely changed. Cold Fury just grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. This is so much more than Jason Bourne or the Sopranos -this is an excellent new kick-butt heroine that will re-define the YA genre.The action is well-balanced with character development and romance, which keep it from becoming a cold series of action sequences without any heart. Cold Fury will appeal to fans of action-packed novels (they don't have to be teens -even older readers would enjoy it too) with strong heroines. Great, great stuff.
DARKANG3L on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For me, Cold Fury, was a bit slow paced. I often found myself easily distracted while reading this novel, especially while reading the first hundred pages. The novel does pick up in pace towards the end though and is quite an enjoyable and interesting story. The characters, particularly Sara Jane, are likeable and entertaining. Even though it took me awhile to get through this novel, I am intrigued to see what will happen next.
chickey1981 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I won this book from goodreads first reads giveaways in exchange for an honest review.Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein is about a wonderful protagonist, Sara Jane, and her realization her family is missing. She has been trained as a boxer, and as she investigates her family's disappearance, she realizes that her parents have been keeping secrets upon secrets. Now she is the only one that can figure out the truth and save them.I love the fact that I have so many books coming in that I can approach each book with fresh eyes since I can't remember what they are about. Cold Fury was a really pleasant surprise. It's a totally different take on the YA genre. We are introduced into a dark world of lies and suspense. Sara Jane really makes this story work-- she's tough, intelligent, resilient, and fierce. I loved reading about her, learning about her history through her eyes, and wanted to continue with her on her journey. The supporting characters are terrific as well. The one character that I felt really stood out was Doug, one of Sara Jane's best friends. One reviewer was disappointed by the stereotypical characters that were in this book, but I felt that while on the outside they could be described as such, Goeglein develops them in a way that turns the stereotype on its head. The next book will really define if this trilogy is going to work, but the first book is a breathless, intense ride that develops a world that is intriguing and chilling. I was very impressed with this novel and cannot wait to see the next installment.
MargK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As always, I¿ll give it to y'all straight. Despite the enticing synopsis describing Cold Fury as Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos, this book ain¿t all that and a bag of chips. In actuality, it¿s just a bag of chips¿the kind that appears to be stuffed with yummy goodness, but once opened reveals itself to be filled with a whole lot of air¿not to mention false promise & crushing disappointment. That¿s not to say that Cold Fury didn¿t have some goodness inside of it because it did, but there was just not enough of that goodness to offset the book¿s multiple missteps & shortcomings and to make it a satisfying read.One of the things I did like about Cold Fury was its heroine, Sara Jane. Despite her over-the-top (and at times frustrating) tendency to want to handle practically every single conflict by beating it into whimpering submission, the girl was brave, smart, resilient, determined, loyal, and easy to relate to as well as like. Moreover, I enjoyed being inside of Sara¿s head, seeing the story unfold through her POV, because (more often than not) she had a lot of insightful & amusing observations about the world & people around her.Another thing that I enjoyed was the writing¿well, except for the bits that had the characters conversing with each other (but I¿ll get to that shortly). What I liked about the writing was its wittiness and its humor, which was often subtle & surprising and quite well-timed & incorporated into the narrative. The writing was also engagingly descriptive. Unfortunately, it fell incredibly short in regards to the dialogue. Man oh man, that was some incredibly cheesy & clichéd dialogue, and it kept alternating between being laughably exaggerated & painfully wooden. It was also frequently shallow.Speaking of things that were cheesy & clichéd, the supporting characters seemed more like caricatures than realistic people, especially the bad guys. All of the characters aside from Sara Jane were one-note and very underdeveloped. They each had one (maybe two) overblown character traits that defined who they were and what role they played in the story and not much else. For example, there was the batshit crazy ski mask guy, the sleazy shifty uncle, the Mr. Miyagi-like mentor, the perfect boy-next-door love interest with zero personality, the genius wise-before-his-time little brother, the nerdy overweight best friend turned sidekick, etc. Truthfully, I could not stop cringing and rolling my eyes whenever these characters came on the scene. They were just too silly, boring, and completely uninspired.On top of all of that, despite the sizable dose of fast-paced action that was injected into the second half of the book, the strong potential for suspense & excitement was shot to hell by way too much predictability & unbelievable convenience. Whenever the heroine was in any kind of trouble or was faced with an obstacle, a solution manifested itself almost immediately right out of thin air. And the solution was often implausible to the point of being absurd.Finally, I will refrain from going off on a rant, but I do have to say that I found myself more than a little disappointed & bothered by the way the very serious issues of bullying and teen suicide were addressed & handled in this book.
jennrenae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I first read the blurb for this book, I was so excited for a thriller with a female lead in the young adult spectrum. I mean, what's not to like if it truly is Bourne meets The Godfather. However, I was truly disappointed in Colf Fury.What disappointed me?First off, the action was extremely slow. I was expecting a fast-paced, on the edge of your seat pursuit where the clues just keep coming and you just keep getting thrown back with surprise. But none of that came. I was 100 pages into the book and absolutely nothing had happened. There was nothing to catch and keep my attention.The writing felt more like rambling than flushed out and thought through prose. Its written as if Sara is looking back on the events of her life and telling her story to someone. This would be fine if she would stick to the main events, but instead, she tells us every little detail of her past and you just get lost in the minute details. She could have stuck to the big events and maybe kept my attention and interest better.If you are the type of person who can make it through the slow parts to get to the better parts, then you might enjoy this book. However, do not expect Bourne or The Godfather, because unfortunately, neither of those are seen in this book.
Raquel_LuLe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was really excited that I when this book what made me want to read it was the description they compared it to The Bourne series and i love action so was really happy that won. The story started out slow with the plot line but then it started improving towards the middle but it took a while. I also liked that the main character was a girl that was really interesting in all i would recommend this book its was good.
STACYatUFI on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received Cold Fury from the Librarythings Early review program. COLD FURY was interesting.. It was definitely more mob-ish then paranormal. There is a fair amount of action but most of the book is set around Sara trying to figure out who her family really is and where her family has disappeared to. The pacing wasn't as fast as I would have liked and I was a bit bored because of that at times but the mystery and investigative work Sara went through was neat. There is constant questioning on Sara's part, we get answers and there is a lot revealed. The setting was great as I'm from Chicago so it is always neat to read a book and recognize places that are described and it would be pretty awesome if there were really hidden places like in the book. There was some neat secondary characters but I didn't understand some of their overall role's in the story. I finished COLD FURY and enjoyed most of it but don't have any want to follow the series when the next book comes out.
Annesanse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually really, really liked this book. It was my first time reading any kind of Mafia/Gangster book, but it was pretty awesome. There was a lot of action, a lot of secret passageways, a really creepy villain (or two), and a little bit of romance.There were a few instances where I thought Sara Jane was out of character and did things that just didn't make any sense, but they weren't too difficult for me to overlook. The story was set in Chicago, and the author did a really good job making it feel authentic. I love Chicago, and the descriptions in Cold Fury were spot on. It really made me feel like I was right back there. I enjoyed all the boxing stuff and I liked the bit of supernatural that was thrown in to the story as well. It was very interesting, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next. As for the romance, I liked Max a lot in the beginning, but felt like he was kind of boring by the end. There's definitely the potential for a pretty good love triangle in the next books.
usagijihen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 stars!Oh man. This is definitely on my best of 2012 so far list! From the first page on, once Goeglein gets the action started, it doesn't stop until the last page. And then it leaves you begging for more. Please say there'll be another book in this universe, because I am LOVING it. If you like strong YA heroines with minimal romance and maximum ass-kicking, "Cold Fury" is the book for you.What's most surprising about this book, I think, is that Goeglein manages to write a first person POV with the female voice - and he does it very, very well. There wasn't any one point within the entire book where it felt like a masculine POV was intruding - Sara Jane sounded completely and totally like a real girl. Cross-gender narration is very difficult to do right, and it's doubly hard to do right when you're writing in first person. Third person close is easier to do because it's more like the POV is the camera on the character's shoulder and it allows the author some distance and a buffer zone for any shortcomings within it. So major props to Goeglein for getting it right.The characters and the world are very tightly wrought and constructed - leaving very little to be poked or prodded at by me. I really found nothing to pick at, and there was little left to be desired, except for the ending, which I felt sped up the pace a little too quickly. I wanted to linger on Sara Jane's time with her brother a little more (hence not quite five stars), and I'm wondering why Goeglein did this, if it was intentional.I think the blurb of "The Sopranos meets Jason Bourne" is a pretty apt description for the book - it's that kind of mashup. There's the same intensity squished into the story and its plot, and into Sara Jane herself. I like the supernatural aspect of having the "cold fury" within only parts of her family, and I LOVE that she's the first female (that we know of) within her family to have the ability. I really want to know more about it, though, so I'm hoping more will be exposed in a second book, if there is one coming. But this one can still read as a standalone, for those sick of series, so either way, it's a really solid book. It can stand by itself, or it can serve as a wonderful first book in a series. I'm sincerely hoping for the latter.Bottom line? We need more female-oriented books like this in YA. Less love triangles, more urgency, and more strong heroines. Goeglein does us girls a solid in this one, and I'm thankful for it. "Cold Fury" will be out July 24th, 2012 from Putnam Juvenile in North America. This book definitely deserves the read, so be sure to check it out when it drops in July. Seriously. Definitely has a more than worthy place on the best of 2012 so far list.(posted to librarything, goodreads, shelfari, and
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS I piked this book up sort of impulsively at a cheap used book sale. I didn't really know much about this book except that it's a thriller. I was a bit disappointed, it wasn't as actiony as I expected, but it was very interesting! Sara Jane thought her family was normal. They're a bunch of bakers, that's all. Then she comes home to find her family missing and her home ransacked. Turns out her family is part of the Chicago Outfit, basically a long-running mob. Now, Sara Jane is the keeper of the notebook, full of the Outfit's secrets, and must prevent it from getting in the wrong hands, as well as trying to survive, and find her family. My main problem with this book is that it takes forever for things to happen. The first 150 pages is mostly just backstory. It isn't until then that her family disappears, though Sara Jane alludes to it in the very beginning. I was expecting a thriller, but the first half was a bit dull and just was leading up to the family disappearance, which it took way too long to get to. The second half was much more action packed, with made me happier. I finally got to know what was going on, though was some info-dump but that's okay mostly because Sara Jane didn't know what was going on either. I ended up finding the whole Outfit interesting as well as how everything was organized! As a main character, Sara Jane is a great one. She's tough and smart. Many others in her situation wouldn't know what to do, but she was able to keep it together and figure things out. Still, she felt real. The other characters in the book didn't feel so real, they felt like there were just there, but most of them were necessary so... As for romance, there is supposed to be some, but it's hardly there and it just felt so important. Sara Jane kind of has a crush on a boy, but nothing really happens with him. I also really didn't care about him because he was really flat. Good news: the romance didn't distract from the plot. IN CONCLUSION I sound like I'm just complaining, but I did like this book. It had a compelling plot and a great MC, it just was slow-paced for a thriller and the other characters felt too flat. I don't know if I'll read the next book or not, mostly because I've heard the the second book is a bit of a slump. Maybe I'll read it if I come across it, but otherwise I might pass.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coulnt even finish it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to read this book. It has tons of thrill and a bit of romance. Cold fury will have you staying up till midnight trying to fiqure out Sara Jane Rispoli's next move.
SweetPeaBubbles More than 1 year ago
This book intrigued me as soon as I read the plot synopsis. It sounded so thrilling and adventurous that I couldn't help but read it. I've never quite read anything at all like this novel. It's a thrilling and exciting and adventurous read that I'm so glad I took a chance with. Reasons to Read: 1.One of the strongest female protagonists I have read about: Sara is a main character that I really, really have to admire. She is incredibly strong and clever. She is placed in this really hard situation, and yet she manages to almost keep it fully together the entire time. While she does fall apart at one time, she is able to get back up again and keep moving forward. She knows when to attack her enemies and when to hold it back. While she is a really strong heroine, at the same time she is only a teenage girl. That side of her still shows through in some instances, which I felt made her feel more real. 2.Easy to understand: I wasn't quite sure of how much I would be able to understand the parts about the Mob in the novel. I don't have a lot of background information on it, so I hoped that I wouldn't have to know all about it in order to understand. I was really glad when I started reading it, and all the things that were mentioned, were explained. It's good to have a litle bit of information beforehand, but I don't think that it's necessary for the book to make sense. Complicated situations I thought were explained fairly simply, which I was really glad of. I will admit that the first third or so of this book goes by a bit slow. A lot of it is background stuff that happens way before the book's main plot. While it is a bit tedious, I was glad of it because without it I don't think that the book would make as much sense. I know that this novel has a lot of mixed reviews, but I think that it's really good. I would reccomend this to someone looking for a thrilling read. ARC received from Penguin Canada for my honest review; no other compensation was received.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read this year
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Cold Fury was a roller coaster. It had its ups and downs but the end sealed it for me. It is a solid beginning to this thrilling series. I loved how the genre of this series is different from the usual YA novels. I LOVE crime/mystery novels/movies/shows and it finally transcending into the YA world just brings joy to my life! (a bit dramatic I know). Cold Fury has been on my wish list ever since I read the synopsis and I'm glad I was able to read it! The story starts off when everything already happened. When Sara Jane already knows her family is entangled with the mob.. correction, her family IS the mob. So the bakery business her family runs is just a front. Also, her family has been kidnapped and she's all on her own. Oh, and she's a trained boxer. At the age of sixteen. How awesome is that? I was so excited to dive into the action straightaway but the next chapter takes us a couple of weeks before everything goes down. I was a bit unnerved at that because the story seriously slowed down. I wanted the action! the thrill! not Sara Jane in school, starting to like a guy, and worrying about a school dance. In a typical contemporary that would have been cute, but here? after getting a taste of the thrill at the beginning? not so much. Also Sara Jane keeps on eavesdropping on her parent's cryptic conversations along with her younger uncle's issues with her family because he isn't being included in all their secrets of the other family business. It took me a while to get through the 100 pages or so but I knew the book had promise and I loved Sara Jane's voice. She was definitely a powerful and smart female protagonist. Sara Jane also possessed the "Cold Fury" which would be explained in a bit too much details (i ended up really confused) in the latter half of the book. Now when we finally get answers, we get them at an overwhelming rate that I ended up being a bit confused. There was a lot of history and people involved that I couldn't wrap my head around. However you don't really need to know that much information and throughout the book you gather the necessary info to keep you in the loop. When Sara Jane has finally gathered the info she needed and starts to take action, I couldn't put the book down. The amount of times she faced the bad guys and had to use her brains and boxing skills to fight them off or escape, I held my breath and couldn't flip through the pages fast enough! The last 100 pages or so were what made the book for me. I was on murky, meh ground but when the action finally started, I didn't care if it was a bit too late, it was worth the wait! I expected the story to resolve at the end of the book however 30 pages to the end I told myself there was no way it would and I was right. Cold Fury is the first installment in a series, therefore I understood why the beginning was slow and the information was loaded on us. T.M. Goeglein spent most of this book building Sara Jane's world and the end of her kicking butt. While many issues weren't resolved, I have no doubt that we will jump straight into action for the second book and for many of those unanswered questions I have to be answered! I definitely recommend this book to all YA readers who want to read a different genre from the usual!
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BookWhales More than 1 year ago
Cold Fury will satisfy the reader’s hunger for action and suspense Cold Fury made me want to watch the sopranos again! This book is full of yummy goodness that will appeal to suspense and action lovers. The story will take you to the daunting streets of Chicago. Get ready for the twists and secrets that will put you on the edge of your seat. This book is fast paced! The story is about Sara Jane’s quest to find her family and to discover the secrets behind the Rispoli Clan. She thought she had a normal life. She didn’t expect to be a daughter of a mafia! Her uncle had betrayed her; parents and brother are missing and mean assassins are looking for her. Will she be able to her find her family? Are they still alive? You have to read this book to find out. The world building is very good! I feel like I was watching a movie. The scenes are very cinematic! The part when Sara Jane watched her dad mauled by a guy in ski mask from a recorded camera made my heart pump so fast. It was gripping! The author did a great job keeping the readers glued to the book too. There were many questions and secrets that were yet to be revealed. I find myself thirsty for answers! I simply want to squish the book to get the answers right then and there. Instead, I patiently tried to control myself and let the story unfold. This book is a page turner. The characters are vibrant and well developed. Sara Jane reminds me of Katniss and a bit of Harry Potter. She’s my favorite character here. I love how she’s independent and courageous. She won’t stop until she finds her family, all in one piece. I love her strong personality too! Willy is my second favorite. I love his perception in life. They way the author wrote the book, impressed me. Cross-gender narration is not easy. I give him two thumbs up for pulling it off. I enjoyed Sarah Jane as a character! How the author / Sarah narrates her life, past and present made this book an enjoyable read. As for the love angle, this book has little romance it in. I must confess that I’ am disappointed. I love books that can make my knees weak due to the sugary dialogues and chivalrous acts. This book gave me none. Overall, this book is a marvelous read! Cold Fury will satisfy the reader’s hunger for action and suspense. I can’t wait to read the second book!
Falln2books More than 1 year ago
Anyone who wants to read from the perspective of a smart, tough, mature heroine needs to pick up Cold Fury as soon as possible. While Sara Jane's name may cause you to think that she came straight from Little House on the Prairie, her strength and resourcefulness will quickly end that notion. While there were some dialogue and pacing issues within this novel, Cold Fury is full of action and suspense. It will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. You don't want to miss this one! I'm going to start with the very few things that I don't like and then tell you about the many things that I do like about this book. The dialogue was a bit ridiculous and cheesy at times. It seems like Goeglein has watched gangster movies too many times and now thinks that anyone who lives in the general proximity of the mob will talk like a 1920s thug. I lived in Chicago for many years, and hope to return there once I get my BA, and I have never heard anyone my age or younger refer to someone else as a "knucklehead." I mean some of the dialect in the midwest is a bit archaic, but not that archaic. Also, the use of "pinhead" threw me a bit. That is yet another phrase I never heard uttered in the Chicagoland area. I'm 99.9% sure that no teenagers really say those words. Having the teenagers say those words kind of makes everyone in Chicago seem like they should be wearing fedoras and running from the "coppers" or something. It's pretty comical, so I laughed at some inopportune times because of that. Anyway, other than the dialogue, the pacing was a bit slow. It seemed to take a little longer than it should to get from one important point to the next. Those two issues aside, I loved this book. Sara Jane is the strongest heroine I've ever read in an adult novel, AND she's a Cubs fan. She doesn't waste time taking care of what needs to be done, and she certainly doesn't spend her time pining after some boy. Sure, there are romantic interests in this book, but she barely has time to worry with them. Instead, she takes care of things that need to be done in order to find her family. She's loyal to her friends and puts her family first. The girl obviously has her priorities straight. And where a lot of YA heroines would have broken down, cried, and waited on some knight in shining armor type to save them, Sara Jane squares her shoulders and carries on. And guess what, when she meets a hot guy, she doesn't go crying to him about her problems. She keeps them to herself and does what she has to do. She even *gasp* turns down dates! It's a miracle in YA literature that a female would EVER turn down a date. Because of her independence (and the fact that she's a Cubs fan), I think she is the perfect YA heroine. There isn't a lot of secondary character involvement quite yet, but my favorite is Tyler. I hope to see more of him in the sequel. I did love Sara Jane, but I think my favorite thing about this novel is that it feels like Chicago. Sara Jane's attitude and the way she interacts with the people around her, combined with the landscape painting that Goeglein does, made Cold Fury feel like home to me... which inevitably made me incredibly homesick. However, that Chicagoland feeling is part of what made me love this novel so much. It really does encompass all that is beautiful and terrible about the city. I hope the sequel has more of the same feel to it. Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone who