Monday, December 23, 2013

Flicker & Burn by T.M. Goeglein Review

"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."

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 insane. I don't know who she can act in so many ways without being the same person. It's like an actress who's playing ten roles of Sara Jane Rispoli. (Does she have PMS? Because it would totally explain the entire craziness). 

Flicker & Burn evoke a mostly neutral expression from me, even though it was insane. It failed in giving good surprises (mostly because the synopsis is huge spoiler). 

As I said before, the character of Sara Jane Rispoli. For one second, it seems like she wants to end it all by... Then she wants to keep on fighting. She's torn from all sides, from her friends to her family to the monsters. She's...lost. That's the easiest way of saying it. And the word "insane" can be used to describe her correctly. Sara Jane Rispoli is totally not a family person even though she's after her family. Totally ironic. 

Cold Fury ended off on a interesting note, giving us a lot of questions to ask. Flicker & Burn did its best and succeed for the most part. It failed epically in the romance section, passing in the action with creepy stalkers and undying friendship. Oh, it failed in romance? Poor book, but most importantly: Why did it fail? 

Max and Sara practically have zero chemistry yet the author sets them together. Sara is pretty much always lying while Max has been straight and truthful. Max accidentally cheated on Sara (read the book if you want to know Max's side). Wait, he didn't cheat. They broke up before that incident. Never mind. And Sara? She's pretty much heartbroken but there's virtually no trust between her and Max. There's no hope for Mara (or Sax? No, definitely Mara). Unless Sara changes her ways and learn to love Max. I don't see that happening in the future.

Rating: Three out of Five

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