Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Flicker & Burn Review & Character Interview

Flicker & Burn
Character Interview & 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.

Character Interview
T.M. Goeglein Talks with Doug Stuffins

In anticipation of my soon to be published YA novel, Flicker & Burn (August 20th, G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin,) Kristina’s World of Books suggested an interview with my protagonist’s (Sara Jane Rispoli) best friend and partner in the quest to find her missing family, Doug Stuffins.

Doug’s smart, acerbic, and tough, not to mention a walking movie encyclopedia – in other words, the perfect partner for Sara Jane. As always, he had a lot to say about a lot.

TMG: So, Doug…there seems to be considerably less of you these days.

DS: Drug addiction will do that. There’s a reason junkies are so model-runway thin.

TMG: Without being insensitive, do you still…

DS: Have a monkey on my back? Let’s just say I’m not one of those people who enjoy yakking about his problems and inner strength and all of that crap. You want to know what happened to me, read Flicker & Burn. It’s all there in black and white.

TMG: And red.

DS: Good point. The stuff I’m hooked on in the book is a creamy, disgusting red, and…ugh (editor’s note: DS shuddered)…the eyes of those creatures. Blood red. Makes me want to hurl just thinking about them. Not to mention their deathly pale skin.

TMG: Please don’t. These are new shoes. (editor’s note: TMG moved his feet.) So how are you feeling these days?

DS: Physically, meh. Emotionally, a wreck. I’m trying my hardest to help Sara Jane save her family but whoever has them is clever and wicked and violent. I don’t mind having my ass kicked in the name of justice, but these people are…different. Death is in the air, you know?

TMG: Yeah, I do. I wrote it.

DS: Right. Thanks for that.

TMG: You’re welcome.

DS: I was being ironic. You put me…us…Sara Jane and Harry…in some very bad situations. All I can say is that it better, you know, get better in the third book.

TMG: It doesn’t. It gets worse.

DS: Thanks for that. (editor’s note: DS sighed.)  

Thank you T.M. Geoglein and Doug for stopping by with the interview. I enjoyed Flicker & Burn immensely and can't wait to read the final book and see what happens to Sara Jane, her family, Doug and the rest of the characters. 

What I Loved
In this second book we get a lot more information about Ghiaccio Furioso and the history of GF, more about Sara Jane's family history with the mob. The first book opened up so many questions in Sara Jane's life now in Flicker & Burn we are closer to learning it all.
Lots of things were going on in this book. Sara Jane is still running and hiding, trying to find her family, dealing with the mob, trying not to get killed and all the while managing high school drama.
A Page Turner
Just like the first book I was kept intrigued throughout the entire book. Things were always happen and more information was always being revealed, new twists and turns kept on happening at every moment.
Sara Jane: She is still as awesome as ever! I can't wait to see what happens to her in the final book and how she will manage to save her family and deal with it all. Bring on the next book and more kick ass Sara Jane!
Doug: Not the typical sidekick by any means, but that is what I do enjoy about his character. Loyal to the bone (when not addicted to substances), which is a perfect partner for Sara Jane. I'm interested to see what else he will do in the final book.  

Didn't Like
I missed the action packed book that was book one (we still got a good amount of action, just not as much), but we do get a lot of great information which was very intriguing. 

A must read series, everyone boy or girl should add this to their reading list

August 20, 2013
Amazon / B&N / Book Depository 

Cold Fury Trilogy
Cold Fury my review
Flicker & Burn
Book 3

What would you do to save your family?


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