Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

Cold Summer

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...

Title:Cold Summer
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ISBN:1510707662
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:322 pages

Cold Summer Reviews

  • Wendy Higgins
    Jul 19, 2015

    I beta read this for Gwen in the early days and I'm SO thrilled it's getting published!!

  • Anna Priemaza
    Mar 17, 2016

    This book was exactly what I wanted it to be. I love time travel books, and COLD SUMMER blended the excitement of time travel beautifully with the complexities of PTSD, war, romance, friendship, and family. It was more than just a time travel book; it had heart and emotion and depth.

    I especially loved the family dynamics. There were family members who didn't act like family, and non-family members who did. I love found family, and COLD SUMMER did a fantastic job of exploring those relationships

    This book was exactly what I wanted it to be. I love time travel books, and COLD SUMMER blended the excitement of time travel beautifully with the complexities of PTSD, war, romance, friendship, and family. It was more than just a time travel book; it had heart and emotion and depth.

    I especially loved the family dynamics. There were family members who didn't act like family, and non-family members who did. I love found family, and COLD SUMMER did a fantastic job of exploring those relationships that can fill the holes in your heart made by those who are supposed to love you unconditionally, but don't.

    And the writing is so contemplative, full of powerful lines like, "It's weird to miss something I'll never have and never did," and "He's only half of what he used to be, slowly learning how to become himself again."

    If time travel is even the tiniest bit up your alley, you should definitely pick up this one.

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Jan 17, 2017

    I'm not going to lie, the cover is what first drew me to this story, it is outright gorgeous and was pretty hard for me to resist. Once I read the description and saw that this would be told through the point of view of both a male and female I knew I needed to read it. Through in the time traveling aspect and I was sold.

    I'll tell you a little secret, I love books about time traveling but for whatever reason, they very rarely actually work for me. Either the concept of the actual time traveling

    I'm not going to lie, the cover is what first drew me to this story, it is outright gorgeous and was pretty hard for me to resist. Once I read the description and saw that this would be told through the point of view of both a male and female I knew I needed to read it. Through in the time traveling aspect and I was sold.

    I'll tell you a little secret, I love books about time traveling but for whatever reason, they very rarely actually work for me. Either the concept of the actual time traveling is too tedious to understand or it isn't explained enough to make it believable and some how ends up ruining the story for me. But still, I am drawn to them and can't seem to resist them. So I'll admit, I went into this with absolutely no expectations at all and knowing this was the authors debit novel, I think they might even have been lower than usual, nothing against the author of course, you just never know what to expect from a first time book.

    But you know what? This worked for me. Even if everything wasn't explained, it still just worked. I think I was so focused on the actual story and not the time traveling aspect and it just simply worked. It was pretty well written and even if nothing was ever explained completely, yeah, it worked.

    This was a fun debut novel and one that I'm glad I took the chance and time on to read.

    *ARC copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Stacee
    Mar 21, 2017

    I'm a sucker for a good time travel book, so when Gwen emailed me about her book, I was all over it, without knowing more than that about it.

    Love love loved Harper and Kale. They're both such good people and I really enjoyed getting the dual POV. Their chemistry was more about the connection between them and it was fantastic.

    The plot is a bit of a slow burn, even when Kale is in the war time period, but the entire book has sort of a quiet anticipation that I wasn't expecting. I couldn't turn the

    I'm a sucker for a good time travel book, so when Gwen emailed me about her book, I was all over it, without knowing more than that about it.

    Love love loved Harper and Kale. They're both such good people and I really enjoyed getting the dual POV. Their chemistry was more about the connection between them and it was fantastic.

    The plot is a bit of a slow burn, even when Kale is in the war time period, but the entire book has sort of a quiet anticipation that I wasn't expecting. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I loved the build up and the ending and could easily read these two forever.

    **Huge thanks to Gwen for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Sarah
    Apr 10, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Skyhorse Publishing and Edelweiss.)

    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

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Skyhorse Publishing and Edelweiss.)

    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

  • Abby
    Apr 04, 2017

    Kale lives in two world without fully belonging in either. In 2017, he's a high school drop out dealing with a fracturing family. His relationship with his parents has been strained since he started disappearing when he was seven, returning with fanciful tales of past eras. Now his mother has left the home and taken Kale's younger sister, and half of his support system, with him. His once strong bond with his older brother is falling apart as Kale finds himself pulled

    Kale lives in two world without fully belonging in either. In 2017, he's a high school drop out dealing with a fracturing family. His relationship with his parents has been strained since he started disappearing when he was seven, returning with fanciful tales of past eras. Now his mother has left the home and taken Kale's younger sister, and half of his support system, with him. His once strong bond with his older brother is falling apart as Kale finds himself pulled into the past more and more and staying there longer. His father can barely look at him. He begs Kale to tell him where he disappears to but refuses to believe it's time travel. None of it seems under Kale's control; he starts to feel cold in the hot Iowa summer and knows he's leaving the present whether he likes it or not. For months, he's been traveling to the winter of 1945, where he's a soldier in the US Army in the battle against the Germans. Every time he goes back, he dodges bullets and watches fellow soldiers, friends, die. He made a promise once to his friend Harper that he would always return home. Now he's not so sure. He starts to wonder if he's destined to die in a war fought sixty years before he was born.

    Harper is moving in with her uncle, after her mother has moved on without her. She has fond memories of her uncle's home in small town Iowa, after having spent an idyllic summer there years ago. She's eager to reunite with Kale, her best friend from that time. She's disappointed to learn that Kale is still mysteriously disappearing; everyone thought he'd grow out of it by now. She once promised Kale that she wouldn't ask where he goes as long as he promised to always come home. Now she's not so sure ignorance is bliss.

    This book has good moments, but I found it inconsistent. The rules of Kale's time travel didn't make a lot of sense. It was a bit strange that an important character, Kale's sister Libby, is only shown off-page through text messages and phone calls. I didn't enjoy the story line between Harper and her mother; it just really fell flat. I've recently become very interested in time travel books, and WW2 is a natural area of interest for me, but this book still wouldn't be my first choice.

    Thank you to both the publisher and Edelweiss for giving me a copy of this book to review.


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