Series: Cold Fury #1
Published by Putnam Juvenile on July 24th 2012
Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos in this breathtaking adventure
Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance--until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob).
Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It's a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies--a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense--hidden in its pages the secret to "ultimate power." It's why she's being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives.
Action packed, with fresh, cinematic writing, Cold Fury is a riveting and imaginative adventure readers will devour.
When I read this one, I was so ready for something different and that's exactly what I was expecting. I couldn't wait to dig into this action-packed novel about a girl who is in a mob family and must find out where her family has disappeared.
The first thing I found interesting was the family dynamic described in this book. Rarely do you find a close-knit, loving family in a YA novel. Not that you see much of her family, as they have been taken, maybe even killed for all Sara knows. Due to Sara's family, she has never really went out of her way to have friends. She grew up knowing that family was more important. In fact, her only friend came due to a film club she started at her school to have some sort of club to attend. A lot of film comes into play into this novel and I love the ties to the film club and what is happening to Sara.
I loved the mystery of this novel. Sara has no idea what happened to her family, but she has a suspect – her uncle. All she knows is that she is to find her family's notebook which holds the secrets to the family business, a business which her family was hoping to leave behind someday. But now that Sara is on the run, she will need all the help she can get. Sara is a strong character who takes her strengths to find out where her family is and to get them back while not getting killed.
The villians in this novel are spectacular. Definitely something you'd see in a movie or a comic book and I really enjoyed that aspect. The whole flow of the novel reminded me of a graphic novel or film. Interesting characters, some great one-liners, and a trusty sidekick or two. I think the best part was building Sara's character up. She became a boxer at a young age, which explains her agility and ability to hold her own in a fight. And her other ability has to do with something inside of her, something that keeps her calm when in scary situations, her "cold fury".
In the end, this really is a must-read novel. It has guy appeal, it has girl appeal. It has overall appeal. I want the next one. Now. Action-packed, full of fantastic characters, and a plot that unravels like a fantastic action movie makes it a must-read.