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Flicker & Burn

(Cold Fury #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  298 ratings  ·  61 reviews
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 he ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Allana Kephart
Dec 31, 2012 marked it as to-read

So not digging this cover.. And why does the summary sound like we're going Supernatural Romance... *bites lip*

I really hope this doesn't disappoint me.. I adored book 1, so I will definitely be trying this one out, but.. *winces*
Nancy The book junkie
Review coming soon!
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
In FLICKER & BURN, the sequel to COLD FURY, things get even weirder for Sarah Jane Rispoli. First, her family was kidnapped. Then she turned out to have a special power in her gaze, to paralyze people with their fears. Oh yeah, and she comes from a mob family and has to keep up appearances. As FLICKER & BURN begins, she's being pursued by ice-cream men. White skinned, red eyed ice-cream men. And sometimes she gets sloppy.

FLICKER & BURN contains just as much action as the first book a
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was shocked by how much I enjoyed reading Flicker & Burn. This is definitely one of those rare cases where the sequel surpasses it's predecessor. The first installment of the Cold Fury series was a good read, great even. I found myself enamored with the elaborate world T.M. constructed, as well as the supernatural twist he intertwined with the plot to give it that dramatic flair. This was one of the reasons I found the plot, the whole premise really, to be so intriguing. It isn't your aver ...more
On the cover of this book one sees the beautiful Sara feeling always hunted. At the end of the second volume she put her hand on this famous notebook, here she continues to try to learn a little more about the writings in this notebook and want to find her family at all costs. She is going to see people who she did not expect and will have to unravel the mystery of finding her family, an end that leaves especially suspense that volume three is not found anywhere.
usagi ☆ミ
WOW. What is it with you, sophomoric books of 2013? You've all been more or less amazing, if not really good. If you guys thought "Cold Fury" was good, just wait until you get your hands on "Flicker & Burn"! Seriously. Every bit of tension that Goeglein had in "Cold Fury", every stake? It's been upped about a hundred times. This book has turned from paranormal into parascience, which is awesome, and I really can't wait for book three. Another one of my favorite sophomoric effort of 2013, "Fl ...more
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
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I'm almost positive that fans of Cold Fury will devour and absolutely love Flicker & Burn. I was a bit on the fence with Cold Fury, but for the most part it was entertaining. Flicker & Burn retains much of the thriller components that I enjoyed in Cold Fury, but it never seems to improve upon it's predecessors' faults. Flicker & Burn had the potential to be an excellent thrilling Mafia adventure, but the whole integration
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I received this book from Penguin Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I greatly enjoyed Flicker & Burn's predecessor, Cold Fury. In that book, we are introduced to Sara Jane Rispoli and a sort of Paranormal mafia. It was definitely an unusual backstory, and I went with it, enjoying the ride.

This followup takes place soon after the end of the first novel, and Sara is immediately attacked by some ice cream creature. I kid you not. Doug continues to be one of my favorite (and probably
Apr 22, 2013 added it
Sara Jane Rispoli is back and dude, she is so ghiaccio furioso. Her cold fury is so potent and lethal that, yeah… bad things happen. All for the good though. Sort of.

In this book, Sara Jane is still looking for her parents and her kid brother, Lou. Though, this time creepy androgynous people putting around in ice cream cone trucks are slowing her down. Plus, her best friend and confidante, Doug almost gets indoctrinated into an occult. Throw in some long lost family ties, some action sequences f
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I wasn't expecting quite a few aspects of this book. When I finished Cold Fury, I was really curious about how the story would unfold, and the way it does was surprising, scary and in a way even more thrilling than the first book.

Readers who thought Cold Fury took a while to really get going will definitely reap the benefits of that rich background story development, when reading Flicker & Burn.

This time, there's no rest, not a slow moment, no time to catch your breath as the author thro
Ms. Yingling
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Sarah Jane is back, still smarting from the disappearance of her family and from her father's betrayal. She's know the mediator for local disputes, but also the target of creepy Ice Cream creatures-- zombie-type characters who follow her around in a black ice cream van. She still is trying to deal with all of the mafia related problems, and uncovers some unsavory information about her grandfather when his brother, who was not in the outfit, shows up with his granddaughter, but she has to figure ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed the continuing story, I wished it hadn't taken such a fantasy turn. While I absolutely loved the Chicago Outfit aspects and the crime novel aspects, and normally I'm a fan of the paranormal, I just didn't think it was a good fit in this particular story. I'll still read the next in the series, but will likely not encourage folks to read only the first and skip the rest unless the 3rd book is crazy good.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I still have conflicting feelings about this book (series). I couldn't believe there was 2 months between the end of the first book and the beginning of the second! 2 months is a seriously long time to have your family being kidnapped/tortured etc. Max just seemed like a strange distraction that didn't really fit. I'm not sure if I'll fully read the third one or just skip through it to see what happens.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kept me on my toes, great story!
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chicago's Mobsters Were Never This Interesting!

Google's second book of A Cold Fury series is well-written and well-thought out. What was nearly too weird to believe about the people who drive the black ice cream trucks gets an almost satisfying explanation. A step closer to Sarah's family ends with them disappearing again. Sarah's well being means more to the reader now so I am waiting for Book 3.
Chapter by Chapter
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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’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’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 t ...more
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it

My Actual Ratings is 4.5 stars!

Man. Oh. Man! Like, where to start? Flicker and Burn was ACTION PACKED and I loved every single moment of all that extremeness! I could not wait to dive back into the mystery of Sara Jane's missing family, to the creepy ice cream creatures, and finally to the mysterious book of all the old Outfit's secrets. So many amazing things, good and bad, happened within within this installment that has me really anxious to see how everything will end in the final book! If
*Genre* Contemporary
*Rating* 3-3.5

*My Thoughts*

Flicker & Burn picks up four months from the ending of Cold Fury and once again puts 16-year old Sara Jane Rispoli into the spotlight where there are more secrets than facts. More enemies, than friends. And, not everything is at it seems. She's moved in with her friend and confidant Doug Stuffins into the Bird Cage Club where she continues looking for clues into the secrets of the "Volta" and the Ultimate Power. She's still being chased around C
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Final rating: 3.5 stars

Firstly,I want to thank T. M. Goeglein and Putnam Publishing for providing me with an ARC for an honest review. I really appreciate it.

After a quick recap of what was happening in book one, Flicker & Burn dives straight into seat-gripping action. Once again, the reader is running alongside Sarah Jane as she runs for her life or runs towards saving her loved ones. The plot was a little b
Nov 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, lgbtqa
Possible spoilers...

Okay. This book was great in the beginning and the end.

But in the middle? There's a lot of...Max.

Flicker & Burn was amazing when Max wasn't being mentioned. I got so, so sick of hearing about Max Max Max that I wanted to throw the book across the room.Sara Jane goes from this strong-willed young woman who is hell bent on finding her family to this love struck teenager who is hell bent on keeping Max. Max Max Max. I was so relieved when he finally left to live in Califor
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
As someone who lives in Chicagoland, I love reading YA books set in my area. Besides this series, there’s Divergent, XVI, The Dark Elite series and a few others, but not many. This series does the city more justice than the other I mentioned. Sure, a few names of companies are tweaked (StroBisCo is actually NaBisCo) for the sake of not saying bad things about them. Some places are just completely fictional. But for the most part, it’s really Chicago. I don’t get to go downtown that ofte
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Flicker & Burn
T. M. Goeglein
I received and ARC from the publishers for review. I loved Cold Fury and was waiting on pins and needles to get a hold of Flicker & Burn. While I was reading it there are times that I wanted to inhale it whole and times I wanted to slow down and make it last longer. It is that good! Part of me was thinking how long before we get where Sara Jane is trying to go? I can’t take this. The other part of me thought when is she going to box someone’s ears? She is stra
Carrie Ardoin
Sarah Jane Rispoli still hasn't found her kidnapped family, but she has found herself a big player in the midst of Chicago's mafia, the Outfit. While she's busy running from pale, red eyed assailants she's called Ice Cream Creatures, she's easily forgotten that she's still a sixteen year old girl, and one that has to start her school year like nothing is wrong in the world.

While balancing this, Sarah Jane also learns more about her family legacy, the ghiaccio furioso, or Cold Fury. Will she lear
I have been anticipating Flicker and Burn since I read the excerpt in the back of Cold Fury last summer. As sequels go, I found myself immersed into the story right away without forgetting much about the first book, even though it has been a year since I read it. That's how much the first book stood out and Sara's character really swept me away in the first book. She is full of raw emotion and starts off just as edgy in the second book.

Possibly the one thing I didn't like about this book was t
Dec 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Cold Fury's sequel. First thing I want to say about this book is how cold it is. Well, it's not that cold, but it's colder than many books. There's a lot of action in this book, involving kills and war and death and everything else in between.

Flicker & Burn is obviously a mafia book (not as good as the chocolate books like All The Thing I'd Done), with a whole bunch of insane people. Sara Jane Rispoli herself is one. *Ponders for a minute, rethinking what I just said.* Yeah, she's definitely
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Okay so after I read Cold Fury I was so glad to come home and find Flicker & Burn because I had a lot of questions that I needed answers to. I mean I could not put Cold Fury down because it is such a fast moving story and the plot was just right because things happened in order and everything jived right but I was still left wondering about the cold fury. What exactly was it and why did they want Sara so badly. Lord I kept thinking dam she does not have a chance in hell to find her kidnapped ...more
Ange (Libby Blog) Schmelzer
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sara Jane's family is still missing, creepy creatures are trying to kidnap her every chance they get, her boyfriend just wants to meet her parents, and she is still acting as The Outfit's a nutshell her life is NUTS! Will she be able to hold everything together AND be able to figure out the answer to all her mysterious questions!? Who has taken her family? What do they want with them? What is the ultimate power that her family is supposed to have knowledge of?

My thoughts
Derek Hawley
Aug 15, 2013 rated it liked it
The first book in this series gave readers many questions and only a few tantalizing hints at answers. The sequel seems to confirm this as Mr. Goeglein’s modus operandi. In the first place, why are ice cream trucks trying to assassinate our heroic protagonist, Sara-Jane? It’s a little creepy for something so benign to turn into the villain, but then all good action books should send a shiver down your spine. On the topic of creepy, Sara-Jane has gained another superpower, even less controllable ...more
Stephanie Ward
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
'Flicker & Burn' is the second book in a young adult contemporary mystery series that continues with our heroine, Sara Jane Rispoli, still searching for her family and still on the run. This time she's up against what she calls Ice Cream Creatures - pale white creatures with red eyes that seem determined to kill her at all costs. On top of dealing with these creatures, Sara Jane is still coming to terms with the information she has learned about her cold fury and the Chicago Outfit - and how ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, review
What I Loved
In this second book we get a lot more information about Ghiaccio Furioso and the history of GF, more about Sara Jane's family history with the mob. The first book opened up so many questions in Sara Jane's life now in Flicker & Burn we are closer to learning it all.
Lots of things were going on in this book. Sara Jane is still running and hiding, trying to find her family, dealing with the mob, trying not to get killed and all the while managing high school
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T.M. Goeglein began his career as a writer of print and television ads for a host of advertising and media companies. As a screenwriter, he created both original scripts and worked as a script doctor for several production companies in Los Angeles. He was an original contributor to the Huffington Post 'Living' section, and continues to write for both the national edition and Huffington Post Chicag ...more

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