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Cold Day in the Sun

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Holland Delviss wants to be known for her talent as a hockey player, not a hockey player who happens to be a girl. But when her school team is selected to be featured and televised as part of HockeyFest, her status as the only girl on the boys’ team makes her the lead story. Not everyone is thrilled with Holland’s new fame, but there’s one person who fiercely supports her, ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Amulet Books
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Olivia (The Candid Cover)
Full Review on The Candid Cover

Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren is a book that is cute but also contains an important message. It is a story about sports with a hint of music, which is an instant win for me, and the main character is so strong. This is an empowering read that I was sad to put down.

This book tells the story of Holland, the only girl on the boys’ hockey team. She is forced to work twice as hard to show that she’s worthy of her place, and her life becomes even more difficult when
Jan 27, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019-releases
I don't know who told Sara Biren that hockey, female athlete heroines, the Foo Fighters, glam rock, and smoldering romance are all keys to my heart, but whoosh, I devoured this one. Happy birthday to me!
Samantha (WLABB)
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, arcs
Rating: 4.5 Stars

You know what I love? I love when I cannot stop smiling while reading a book, and that was EXACTLY what happened to me as I read Cold Day in the Sun.

Holland had spent her whole life as one of the boys, and when it came time to try out for her high school's hockey team, she opted to stick with the boys' team, since they already had a well established dynamic in place. Needless to say, she was constantly dealing with naysayers and those, outside of the team, who believed she didn'
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases, arcs
Well this was such a sweet, adorable book with a badass main character, I had such a great time reading it, definitely my kind of contemporary <3
Full review soon :)

Thank you to the publisher for the ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating.

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Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review – thank you!

(3.5 stars) There’s really not much to say about this book: it was short and sweet, and although the ending was good it was slightly unsatisfying. If you liked Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally, you’ll love this too.

I don’t want to talk much about the ending, though. Not just because of spoilers, but also because I recognise that not all books HAVE to be escapism and have that perfect, unshakeable HEA. Especially a YA novel! I’m the
Ginger at
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-2019
Reading a Sara Biren book is like hanging out with an old friend — you think you know what to expect with good laughs and a lot of heart. Yet, sometimes, that old friend can surprise you by filling you up with such unexpected emotions. Her storytelling has done it again — it snuck up on me & pulled so delicately, yet urgently, on my heart strings. This book may come across as just a sports YA, about a girl trying to play hockey among the boys. But it delivers something so much deeper, so muc ...more
Katy Upperman
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I adored Sara's debut, THE LAST THING YOU SAID, and I ~hoped~ her follow-up, COLD DAY IN THE SUN, would be equally fantastic. Wow, was it ever. I absolutely adored this YA hockey novel full of amazing music references, yummy food mentions, and steamy kisses. It puts its own spin on two of my favorite tropes (hate-to-love and secret romance) and its ending is incredibly satisfying, but open-ended enough to feel realistic. Holland is an amazing protagonist--a hockey badass with a passion for the F ...more
Jennifer H.
Thank you to Netgalley, ABRAMS Kids/Amulet Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review early!

Give me a story about a girl on an all boy sports team who's feisty, strong willed, and determined to not only prove to herself, but to everyone that she deserves her place while hitting me with a delicious slow burn of hate to love and I am weak. Give me that same girl throwing out playlists every few chapters or so of some of my favorite music genres including '80's hair metal (thankyouvery
Kate (beautifulbookland)
This was cute and fun and angsty and I loved it. It follows Holland, who is the only female on an all-male hockey team, and documents her struggles to be taken seriously by the fans.

This book really makes you think about the injustices regarding female athletes. As a football watcher, this is something I feel very passionate about - how men’s football gets all the funding, while some women’s teams have to resort to packing bags at Asda (I’m not joking). I always love to see women involved in wh
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this title from the publisher. It does not impact my review.

I really enjoyed this book. I’ve really been in the mood for cute contemporary stories lately and Cold Day in the Sun gave me that, plus a little more substance.

Holland is the only girl on the boys varsity hockey team. She’s a great player, but there’s obviously a lot of pressure that comes with her position on the team. A lot of people don’t think she should be allowed to play with the boys and she spends every gam
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
* Thank you Manda Group for the Advanced Copy in exchange for an honest review *

Holland is high school junior girl who loves hockey, due to her big happy hockey family. Growing up always playing with the guys, she now plays on the boys varsity hockey team at school. She is no stranger to criticism and judgement from people in town and at school. With a large hockey tournament and scouting opportunity coming up, she is surprised that one of the people most supportive of her is teammate and bossy
Julie Daniels
This book! OMGosh it's so "ducking adorable!" I don't read YA Contemporary Romance as often as I'd like to and I've been in the mood for one for a while. Cold Day in the Sun really hit the spot for me. I loved Holland "Dutch" Delviss. She was so spunky and determined. I just can't think of anything I didn't like about this book. I loved the way the author rounded out Holland's character with her love of glam metal, journalism, and her blog entries. All of the characters were so very well fleshed ...more
Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love contemporary books. I generally reserve them for the summer months, but as this book is set on the icy lakes of Minnesota, I thought this would be the perfect read for the last few weeks of winter. I was right. This book was filled with blizzards, coffee, snacks, fireplaces...and a sizzling romance to keep the cold at bay. With a fiery romance, a strong-willed protagonist, and a supportive love interest, this book was scrumptious - I flew through it.

The characters are what makes or breaks
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Let's be honest. At the moment, I've got bigger things to worry about than a straw stuck up a sea turtle's nose."

I received an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

Cold Day in the Sun takes place during the winter, but it really warmed my heart! It was impossible not to smile while reading this book, and I really loved Holland's story. She
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
Original review: A Novel Glimpse

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

The Last Thing You Said is a story that revolves around high school hockey. Our main character, Holland, is the only girl on the varsity boys’ team. She works her butt off every day to prove that she’s worthy of competing with the boys because not everyone believes she deserves to be on the team. The pressure to perform becomes even greater when her hockey team is selected to be spotlighted in HockeyFest.
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Review originally posted at Mostly YA Lit:
I’m a sucker for hockey romances, so when Manda Group offered up this YA love story about a girl who plays hockey on a boys’ high school team and falls in love with the captain…I was in.

Holland Delviss has always played hockey on boys’ teams, with three brothers and a dad who are super into hockey. Now, as a junior, she’s finally on the varsity team, with teammates and a coach who respect her. But Minnesota’s annual HockeyFest is coming up and Holland’s
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cold Day in the Sun is a fun YA, sport-centred novel with a tender heart and a very important message about equality and the strength and determination it takes to stand up for what you want (and there might be some very swoony romance thrown in as well). I absolutely love ice hockey novels. I’ve never played, never even watched a full game and yet there is something about the cold, crisp setting, the devotion of the fans, and the commitment and hard work of the players that makes this game so a ...more
Ashley Urquhart
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
For reviews and more, please visit my blog: What's She Reading?

TL;DR – Main character has a HUGE chip on her shoulder and that make the overall story less enjoyable.

I always have a hard time when I feel like characters have too many “things”. I think authors do that to try to create an authentic and well-rounded character, but in reality I think she would just be over-scheduled and wouldn’t have time to be good at any of her things. That was the case for me with Holland. She plays varsity hockey
 Lori (Ficwishes)
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was hoping with some time and distance I might be able to jump back in and enjoy this one, but I just didn’t.

I did like the girl playing hockey on the boys team aspect. Holland was great at her sport. What fell short for me was the character development. No one ever really felt fleshed out to me. The characters were all rather flat or like caricatures, with slighted distorted or inflated characteristics that made me roll my eyes.

I liked Wes, Hot Sauce, to a degree, but his ‘encouragement’ as
C.P. Cabaniss
Dec 19, 2018 marked it as dnf
*I received an ARC of this at Yallfest 2018.*

This was a random ARC that we received from a tent, not one that I chose, but I was till hoping that I would like it. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me.

I read the beginning of this and skimmed most of the rest of it. Holland was an annoying main character and I couldn't get into her. She was constantly irritated or angry over the littlest things and I don't like reading or being around people like that. The romance aspect is started early in this
I have a thing for ice hockey books. Thanks Netgalley for letting me read this super cute romance YA novel.

My (not so best) review is now up at my blog Trish Talks Texts.
Mel Brutger
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved everything about this book.
The author, the girl power, the music. I’m not even a huge hockey fan but I liked that part too. I can’t wait to see what’s next from the best author on the block! Great work Sara!
Jenny {So She Tries}
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This book was so cute! Full review to come soon!
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
For the most part this was an enjoyable, albeit frustrating, read. I could not relate at all to the main character, Holland, and grew increasingly weary of her constant complaints. Forgive me for failing to feel any sympathy for her plights. She is a beautiful, talented athlete from a loving family with a good looking, considerate boy madly in love with her. Yeah, sounds pretty rough. Like every fictional romance, Holland pushes away said boy for petty reasons. As expected, there's yet more blit ...more
Rachel Simson
I requested this book because the romance in the description sounded interesting, and I loved that it was a wintery book that wasn't about Christmas. So, I went into it not really knowing what to expect, but I ended up really loving this book!

Just as a warning, this book does contain a lot of swearing, so you might want to be careful if you are planning to give this book to a younger reader. And it does use a lot of Hockey lingo, but I don't watch hockey and didn't struggle too much as it's easy
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Thank you to Netgalley for the advance reader copy of Cold Day In The Sun!  How much did I like this book?  I read it in ONE day!

This is a young adult novel about a group of hockey players in high school.  Our main character is Holland "Dutch" Delviss.  She plays on her high school's boys varsity hockey team, and rightfully so, she's that damn good.  She has always played with the boys (partly due to the fact that she has 3 brothers) and sees nothing wrong with it.

Let's break this book into 3 pa
Alyssa Chaney
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Check out this review and others at my blog Too Many Books!

A special thank you to Netgalley and Amulet Books (ABRAMS Kids) for providing a free advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

I love Holland and all of the things that make up her character. She is very complex and seems real because she has many interests and talents. She definitely is not one dimensional and she still seems real because she has her skills and her flaws. Like, she is not just a female hockey player on the b
Grace P. (gracefulreads)
3.75/5 Rounded Up to 4/5

Holland is a talented no-nonsense junior in high school who I could not help but love reading from. Always witty and quick with a comeback, she is a force in her small town and her hockey team. Wes is a mystery, and Holland is angry that he moved from a championship-winning team to her team and rose to co-captain in such a short amount of time. He pushes her the hardest to be better out of anyone on the hockey team, and he is overall a unique love interest. While the stor
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Review originally posted on my blog:

* I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review *

This book hit me more in a middle point where I was interested and excited to read this book but it fell a little flat for me.

I really enjoyed the concept of a girl playing on the boys high school ice hockey team and getting to see the trials and tribulations that she faces from that but I felt like the romance was a little too pushed with all these important issues g
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is probably more like 4.25 stars, but seeing as there aren't partial options, 4 stars it is.

I thought this book was super cute, and I read it in less than 24 hours (despite the fact that I should probably have been studying and doing homework. Whoops). I think fans of Miranda Kenneally will really enjoy this book, it has that same kind of feel to it. It should be noted that it's not just fluff, there are some good points in here about being a woman in sports, or any field dominated by men
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Sara Biren lives just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and their two children. A true Minnesotan, she is a fan of hockey, hotdish, and hanging out at the lake. She enjoys seeing live bands, watching movies with her family, and drinking coffee. Her love of cheese knows no bounds.

Sara is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior,