Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Skyhorse Publishing and Edelweiss.
Cold Summer
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

My rating: 3.12 of 5 stars

Cold Summer “There’s no worse feeling that watching your friends die…”

This was a YA time-travel story, about a boy who kept travelling back to 1945.

I felt really sorry for Kale in this story, and I understood why he thought of his ability as a curse. Suddenly travelling back to 1945 with little warning, and being a soldier in the war must have been really hard, and I thought it was very brave of him to fight as best as he could.

The storyline in this was about Kale time-travelling, and his old friend Harper (who had just come to stay with her uncle), knew nothing about it. He did eventually confess though, and Harper then did her best to try and help him, even though there was little she could really do. We also got a little bit of romance between Kale and Harper, but not a lot, and another storyline about how Kale’s family reacted to his time-travelling problem. The story did drag for me though, and I kept finding excuses to put this down for a while.

The ending to this was okay, but I did still have questions unanswered.

6.25 out of 10

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