Published by Penguin on July 24, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Law & Crime, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: ARC from Publisher
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
5 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer
Let’s start with the most basic premise—a person can’t become a writer if she doesn’t write. Think about it, talk about it, fantasize about it, but unless she commits an idea to screen, forget it. Which leads us to tip number one—
1.) Sit your butt down and write something. Anything. Start with your name.
This seems fairly elemental but for some people, it can be intimidating. They’re scared of rejection and that other people won’t like what they wrote. Okay, well—
2.) Some people will reject your work because they don’t like it.
Tough. That’s part of the game—of any game, if you think about it. Writing in particular is designed for failure because it’s thousands of words of individualistic expression versus a chef creating a single recipe or an artist painting one portrait. Just remember—
3.) The people who don’t like your work are wrong.
So keep writing, and whatever you do—
4.) Copy other writers.
I don’t mean plagiarize, of course; stealing someone else’s art is a heinous crime deserving of severe physical punishment. I mean, select a writer you love and try to copy her or his style. This how every writer since the invention of written words became a writer, because—
5.) You can’t really copy someone else’s style.
The best you can do is emulate. Style is style, like a fingerprint, everyone gets her own. But in emulating a style, a person mixes it with her own sensibilities until it becomes something else—personal. When you see it on the page, you’ll know it’s yours and soon enough, readers will, too. That’s what being a writer means—giving parts of yourself away.
Throwback review! (I reviewed and LOVED this book when it came out. Now the 3rd book in the series is releasing. I will be reading and reviewing books 2 and 3 on my blog soon, but if you are new to this series, check out my review of the first book:
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