Published by Sky Pony on May 2nd, 2017
Genres: historical, science fiction
Today, he’s a high school dropout with no future.
Tomorrow, he’s a soldier in World War II.
Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.
When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.
But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.
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I am such a sucker for time travel books. I always have been, so when I saw that Cold Summer was a time travel book, I knew I needed to get my hands on it. And I am so glad I did because oh boy, it was totally worth it.
It took me a little while to get into it, but I think that was mostly due to my mood at the beginning. I was stressed out and thinking constantly of my personal life which was (and still is pretty stressful) but at about the 15% mark, I forced myself to focus on this world (actually two worlds) We’ve got Past Kale who is a soldier in WWII and current Kale, who suffers from PTSD. I am always a bit worried about how the author is going to handle the time traveling aspect of things, and Cole’s way of doing it threw me off a little bit initially, but I adjusted to it pretty quickly.
I loved that Harper lived with her uncle. We don’t get to see a lot of extended family in YA and as someone who lived with her uncle for 8 1/2 years, I am glad to see the extended families FINALLY getting some love & attention in YA books.
I wasn’t 100% sold on the romance. I mean, I could feel the chemistry, but I wanted more from this couple and I’m not sure I got enough to truly root for the couple as a whole. I actually really liked them separately, so maybe that’s it. I’m not sure really. These two characters were definitely well fleshed out though which was another concern of mine given how short the book was.
The world building was awesome and honestly, the world building might have been my favorite part. I love feeling like I’m a part of the book, a part of the story. Very few books make me feel that way, and it’s even harder with historical or science fiction books., but Cole did a great job with this one.
Gwen Cole writes Young Adult books and her debut novel, COLD SUMMER, will be released in the spring of 2017 with Sky Pony Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing.
She grew up in upstate New York, moved to Virginia where she did not graduate college, and worked a various number of jobs including pharmacy technician, meat clerk, ranch hand, and a receiving specialist at Target. She may or may not have written a number of books while working at certain jobs.
At the age of eighteen, Gwen played bass in a hardcore band and later married the lead guitarist. She can also play piano, guitar, and wishes she could play the cello. Her favorite place to vacation is Wyoming, where she gets to wear a cowboy hat and pretend she actually is one.
Gwen now lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, daughter, and very large dog, where she longs to live in the country again.
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