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REVIEW: ‘Cold Day in the Sun’ by Sara Biren is sure to fill readers up with unexpected feelings

‘Cold Day in the Sun’ is about a tough heroine who isn’t afraid to show the world what she’s made of!
 

This story is for the readers who have felt like they must work extra hard to prove themselves to the world.

The blurb:

Holland Delviss wants to be known for her talent as a hockey player, not a hockey player who happens to be a girl. But when her school team is selected to be featured and televised as part of HockeyFest, her status as the only girl on the boys’ team makes her the lead story. Not everyone is thrilled with Holland’s new fame, but there’s one person who fiercely supports her, and it’s the last person she expects (and definitely the last person she should be falling for): her bossy team captain, Wes.

Cold Day in the Sun is a book ensured to make readers smile. It’s short and sweet with the perfect blend of sports, family, and even music. Plus, Holland, is one of the best heroines ever! She’s fierce yet vulnerable. Being the only girl on the boy’s hockey team makes her the subject of many conversations. Holland lives in a town that breathes hockey, so naturally there are many people who are opposed to her making varsity.

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What I enjoyed most about this book is how respectful Holland’s character is. She has her reasons behind why she decides to try out for the boy’s team and not the girls. She never discredits the girl’s team, though. The girl power in this book is fantastic and I applaud the way Sara Biren portrayed it! I think a lot of readers will be able to see themselves in her even if they don’t play sports. Despite the road blocks she faces, she never backs down, and continues fighting for what she believes is right. She works hard when everything should make her want to give up.

The story moves along quickly and flowed nicely. All of the characters, especially Holland’s brothers, were a lot of fun! The other main character is Wes, her team co-captain. For readers who enjoy some angst in their romance then you’ll love Holland and Wes! Their love story was super cute and made this book much more enjoyable.

Overall, I really enjoyed Cold Day in the Sun! I always love sports themed books and this one was perfect. Sara Biren’s writing reminded me a lot of Miranda Kenneally’s. Which is a total compliment because her Hundred Oaks series is one of my favorites! So, if you’re looking for a quick and sweet sports read then Cold Day in the Sun is for you!



4.8
A fun, sweet story.
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This is the first book I’ve read by Sara Biren and I was pleasantly surprised by how great of a writer she is! Being centered around a female hockey player on an all boys team brought something special to this book that we don’t see a lot of in YA. It’s an empowering story with an angsty, cute romance as icing on the cake.