Thursday, September 19, 2013

Review: Flicker & Burn






Title: Flicker & Burn
Author: T.M. Goeglein 
Pages: 352 
Format: ARC 
Release Date: August 20, 2013 
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile 
Rating: 2 Cows




Goodreads Description:

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.




I must admit that I was sadly disappointed with FLICKER & BURN. I was really looking forward to it after enjoying COLD FURY last year. Unfortunately, book two fell short for me.
After re-reading my review of COLD FURY, I find it odd that I thought COLD FURY started out slow and then sped up and that I felt that FLICKER & BURN started out fast paced and then slowed down. The beginning of FLICKER & BURN was really interesting. I really enjoyed the Prelude and was so thankful for a little background since it had been so long since I read book one. Unfortunately, it kind of went down hill from there.
I think I would have liked the book a lot more if there would have been less of a paranormal element. I’m usually a fan of paranormal but in this case I think the story would be better without all of the extra paranormal stuff. I know there was some paranormal elements showing up in book one but it feels like FLICKER & BURN really focuses on it. The ice cream guys were creepy and I just didn’t get their purpose and Sara Jane’s ability just got really weird.
Another thing I didn’t like about it was the lack of presence of the secondary characters. Max gets cut out of the picture rather quickly and Doug spends half of the book out doing other things. It seemed like Doug and Sara Jane missed each other at the Bird Cage Lounge an abnormal amount of times. I was hoping for more dialogue between SJ and Max and SJ and Doug.
I found myself somewhat confused during most of FLICKER & BURN. Some of this was due to the fact that it had been so long since I had read COLD FURY. The other reason I think was that I kept kind of spacing out and would kind of skim read looking for the more interesting parts.
The thing I was most frustrated with was Sara Jane and her inability to tell Max anything. I mean I kind of get why she didn’t want to tell Max what was going on but at the same time, he deserves to know. She continuously blows him off and expects him to be okay with it. I just didn’t get why she wouldn’t just go ahead and tell him.
I think FLICKER & BURN adequately describes my feelings for this book. There was a flicker of hope at the beginning but as the book progressed in pretty much crashed and burned for me. I had to force myself along which is never a good thing. I do want to know how the story ends so I may read book 3 but it won’t be making my list of most anticipated books.

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