first up the spotlight
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 Chicago. Read T.M. Goeglein's stories on the Huffington Post.
His debut young adult novel, COLD FURY, will be published by Penguin/Putnam in 2012 and is the first in a trilogy; he’s currently working on the second book. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Laura, and two young children.
Twitter: @TMGoeglein https://twitter.com/tmgoeglein
ABOUT THE BOOK
Having just turned sixteen, Sara Jane Rispoli’s birthday is anything but sweet.
Returning from her first high school dance, Sara Jane walks into a ransacked home and finds her family missing, the dog maimed and a psychopath in a ski mask who won’t rest until she’s dead. With nothing to go on but a clue hidden in a bust of Frank Sinatra, Sara Jane jumps into her dad’s 1965 Lincoln Continental and drives into the night.
The clues lead her to an ancient, worn notebook that contains a guide to a Chicago hiding in plain sight— safe houses, secret doors, mysterious phone numbers are all suddenly at Sara Jane’s disposal. But it also contains darker, more troubling secrets concerning the Rispoli family, including the revelation that a rare and powerful hereditary trait passed down from the time of Alexander the Great enabled certain male members of the Rispoli clan to become major figures in the Outfit, Chicago’s storied crime syndicate.
Sara Jane realizes the secret-filled notebook is the reason why her family was taken, and why she’s being pursued by three different factions: her turncoat uncle, Police Detective Dotty Smelt, and the huge, shambling freak in the ski mask. Learning of the gift awakens a realization in Sara Jane that she, too, possesses the powerful phenomenon.
With the help of a weight-challenged sidekick, an angry Italian greyhound, and a legion of guardian angel sewer rats, Sara Jane is chased, attacked, and fights back with cold fury, staying one step ahead of her pursuers and circumnavigating the male-centric Outfit while also keeping a growing romance.
First off thanks to penguin USA for supplying this ARC for review
I really did enjoy this book,I read it in one sitting, the book arrived today and started it straight away. When I started it, I had a few WTF moments, as I thought It would go straight into sara jane being 16 and her parents missing and her having to unravel the family secrets to discover who she and her family really are. But nope for the first hundred pages or so, it was sara jane going back over memories from when she was a kid, starting at age 6. these memories serve to give us the reader a look into who sara jane and her family are, also who her friends are. While in the end I did like the going back memories thing, in the beginning I didn’t like it and I very nearly gave up on the book. But im glad I didn’t and kept reading it. Sara jane is a very likeable character who is kick-ass J she loves to box and loves old movies. She has a female friend Gina, shes there but not really, kinda the gossip that you love but don’t always want to be around. Then there is doug, the loveable shy overweight kid, I really loved his character, he was funny and also someone some people can relate too. Then there is max, the hot guy, he was also a wonderful character.
This book is about sara jane who’s family goes missing, and that’s when she discovers that her family is in way over the top in the mafia. This isn’t normally what would interest me in a book, but the way the author wrote it and describes the hierarchy and how things are done it was really interesting. There were some interesting characters, not all of them good, and poor sara jane goes thru a lot before the end of the book. Does she find her family or doesn’t she. Well you will have to read it to find out J
In the end I ended up really enjoying it and I will definitely be reading the next book to find out more about sara jane, her family and all the secrets.
T.M Goeglein is definitely a fresh new YA author to look out for, and I definitely cannot wait to read more books from this author. Totally different book to anything I have ever read. Two thumbs up J
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Launch Party Schedule:
* July 16th Monday - Review Guest Post Melissa Marie ( MEEEEE )
* July 17th Tuesday - Top 10 Favorites Sabrina Ford
* July 18th Wednesday – Spotlight Jenny Needham
* July 19th Thursday - Guest Post Katie Bartow
* July 20th Friday - Music Playlist Ellen Trieu
* July 21st Saturday – Review & Spotlight Anne Brewer
* July 22nd Sunday – Review & Excerpt #2 Bella Colella
* July 23rd Monday – Guest Post Adeeb Nami
* July 24th Tuesday – Vlog Post with Jean BookNerd
* July 25th Wednesday Review & Spotlight Stacey Clifford
* July 26th Thursday – Review & Excerpt #3 Tammy Middleton
* July 27th Friday – Review & Excerpt #1 Tiffany Borka
* July 28th Saturday – Review & Spotlight Alice Priday
* July 29th Sunday – This or That Shelley Bunnell
* July 30th Monday – Review & Spotlight Rose Pryimak
* July 31st Tuesday – Art work, bookmarks, posters & Buttons. James Vallesteros
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