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Cold Day in the Sun

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  651 ratings  ·  181 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, 307 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Harry N. Abrams
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Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
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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!
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
Adorable (albeit predictable) story about a girl on an all-boys hockey team who falls for one of her teammates. Loved the girl power vibe of the whole story, really enjoyed all the characters, and even the hockey aspect too. Very cute and easy read.
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'
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Well, the first 1/4 of the book was fantabulously adorable. The rest of it was... fine. I LOVED the empowerment, but the pacing and the heroine did not come through, y'all.

Full review soon!

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Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019-releases
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

Read my full review of Cold Day In The Sun on the blog.

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
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
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
Kristy Mauna
Cold Day in the Sun is about a tough heroine who isn’t afraid to show the world what she’s made of! This story is for the readers who have felt like they must work extra hard to prove themselves to the world.

Cold Day in the Sun is a book ensured to make readers smile. It’s short and sweet with the perfect blend of sports, family, and even music. Plus, Holland, is one of the best heroines ever! She’s fierce yet vulnerable. Being the only girl on the boy’s hockey team makes her the subject of many
Liza Wiemer
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! LOVED. IT!

Set in Minnesota, this is a novel about Holland, a female high school hockey player, and the challenges she faces with team members and the community. Holland is an amazing character, exuding incredible strength of character. She has rules, and one of them is never date a teammate. But things changes with Wes. I love the romance. Another rule Holland has is practice harder than anyone else, and she does.

You don't have to be into sports or be a hockey fan to appreciate this
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
Susan's Reviews
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This YA book took a while to get into, but my patience was well rewarded. Holland Delviss is the sole female hockey player on her high school all male team. Holland has to endure the prejudice and disapproval of many of the townsfolk of Halcyon Lake. She also has her own inner battles: she worries that other people think that she is not good enough - although she is constantly being reassured by her teammates and coach that she is in fact better than many of the other players on her team.
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

This book is ducking adorable ;)

Okay, so this book is about Holland, a girl on a boys hockey team. I know, I know, there are so many books/movies out there about girls who prove themselves good enough to play on the guys' team, who prove girls are just as good, blah, blah, blah. Trust me, you haven't read Holland's story and it is worth it.

This book is girl-power all the way. At times, it really seems he
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
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
Kate McMurry
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tracy Banghart
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect book to read on a 12 hour flight. Romantic, funny, and full of heart. I loved the way Holland takes on sexism in her town, and all the sparks between her and Hot Sauce. The characters felt so real! This story was just the sort of sweet, empowering read I was in the mood for. It’s hard to explain but sometimes with contemporary, I find that the angst is almost...too much for me? This has just the right amount in my opinion. Lol. But that is DEFINITELY a personal preference th ...more
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.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of The Cutting Edge
For anyone like me who was obsessed with The Cutting Edge and wanted a sequel to be about hockey. I don't have too much to say except this book is full of feminism, the Midwest, small-town life, and a romance that will hook you and not let you go. Just read this and thank me later.


I received an advance copy from the publisher for review consideration.
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
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
We need more YA hockey books.

The romance between Holland and Wes in Cold Day in the Sun is insanely adorable. I love when relationships start off as a enemies to friends to lovers, and this one was so good. I also loved that this book focuses on Holland and her relationships with her brothers and family. In general, this book is very pro-family support, which is so refreshing to read in a YA book. It also has just enough of a feminist vibe to make me root for Holland’s success, but it wasn’t pu
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.
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
 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
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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,
“I both dread and welcome the hour of intense drills, the stretch and burn in my muscles, the pure instinct of muscle and play. I also dread the beatdown I’m going to get for being late, even though I have a good reason.” 0 likes
“In all my years of playing hockey (eleven total between the Halcyon Lake Arena Youth Hockey Association and on the high school team, thirteen if you count falling on my ass as a toddler, chasing after my brothers), I’ve never had a nickname.” 0 likes
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