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Flicker & Burn (Cold Fury Series #2)

Flicker & Burn (Cold Fury Series #2)

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

"Goeglein keeps up his uncanny ability to channel a strong, smart, teen heroine; weave Chicago's Capone era into the twenty-first century...and create a rich supporting cast running."—Booklist
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In this sequel to Cold Fury (Putnam, 2012), Sara Jane Rispoli is being hunted by "ice cream creatures," androgynous, red-eyed beings that travel the streets of Chicago dispensing frozen treats to children; they are intent on capturing Sara Jane, but she has no idea why. She is desperately searching for her missing family and hopes that the answer to finding them lies in the pages of Volta, the last chapter of a notebook written by her great-grandfather in an obscure Italian dialect. The book belongs to the Outfit, a mafialike organization. Sara Jane is also trying to understand and gain control of "ghiaccio furioso," her ability to call up the cold fury that makes the Rispolis an invaluable asset to the Outfit. With the help of a friend, she is able to determine the revenge-fueled motives of the man directing her pursuers. The protagonist concludes that if she can find him, she'll discover where her family is being held. She realizes that he is after the gene that controls ghiaccio furioso and will keep her family hostage until he can obtain enough of her blood to control the power it provides. Sara Jane's willingness to do whatever she feels is necessary to free her family, including increasing her distasteful involvement with the Outfit, makes her a flawed heroine. The ever-thickening plot, heart-racing action, and gory details will keep the pages turning.—Cary Frostick, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Sara Jane, high school student and reluctant Mafiosa, continues to explore her psychic powers and search for her kidnapped family in this sequel to Cold Fury (2012). She and her best friend, fat schlub Doug Stuffins, have holed up in the Bird Cage Club, her family's hideout, where she studies her family's secret notebook for clues to their hinted-at "ultimate power." When in public, she watches for the mysterious black ice cream trucks, which are driven by grotesque, asexual creatures; they were behind her family's disappearance and are, terrifyingly, now pursuing her. She juggles her romance with dreamy Max from school with her responsibilities as Outfit counselor at large, which find her using her hereditary "cold fury" gaze to keep the peace. As in the first book, genuinely intriguing details about the Outfit clash with the book's paranormal elements. Sara Jane's conveniently discovered psychic ability to generate electricity feels superfluous; the "ice cream creatures" are creepy but so over-the-top they clash with the real-life menace of such figures as Lucky, the Outfit boss (who, brilliantly, achieves catharsis by watching sad Disney movies). Narrator Sara Jane does a lot of telling, not showing, as she makes choices readers will find both inconsistent with her character development and repugnant. The occasional flash of humor or graceful turn of phrase is not enough to save this sophomore outing but holds out hope for future, better integrated tales. (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)
From the Publisher
Praise for the Cold Fury trilogy

“Readers will no doubt enjoy the action-packed scenes and quick getaways . . . an engaging thriller.” —VOYA
“For readers who have had to look to adult suspense like James Bond for a rush, this one has a heroine worth cheering.” —Booklist
“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
“Engaging, including action sequences that are forthright and expeditious.”—SLJ

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
Cold Fury Series , #2
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"Goeglein keeps up his uncanny ability to channel a strong, smart, teen heroine; weave Chicago's Capone era into the twenty-first century...and create a rich supporting cast running."—Booklist

"The nonstop rush of this series will appeal to adrenaline junkies everywhere."—LMC


Meet the Author

T.M. Goeglein (www.tmgoeglein.com), the author of Cold Fury,  lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Flicker & Burn (Cold Fury Series #2) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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After 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&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&rsquo;ve had super high expectations for the sequel Flicker &amp; Burn. What happened in this sequel were things&hellip; things that I didn&rsquo;t see coming (and I&rsquo;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 &amp; Burn was awesome. Flicker &amp; 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&rsquo;s final chapter &ldquo;Volta&rdquo;.  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&rsquo;t know she has drop in from out of the blue; Her great-uncle, Uncle Jack, his daughter Annabelle and her daughter/Sarah Jane&rsquo;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&rsquo;s business in the Outfit.  Sarah Jane&rsquo;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&mdash;Sarah Jane finds herself becoming one of the Outfit&rsquo;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 &amp; 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&rsquo;s some science to the plot and it isn&rsquo;t supernatural/paranormal in any way or form&hellip; 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&rsquo; existence and that readers shouldn&rsquo;t be worried about paranormalcy being added into the series at all. A big part of Flicker &amp; Burn is Sarah Jane&rsquo;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&hellip; is Heather. She&rsquo;s the pretty popular mean girl that is always clich&eacute;d 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 &amp; 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 &amp; Burn. The antagonists in Flicker &amp; Burn are mean, sinister and everything that real villains should be. At the end of the day, I&rsquo;ll admit that this novel concluded in a way that has left me dying for a sequel. I want&mdash;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&rsquo;ll finally get the happy ending she deserves.