The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

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Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a ...

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Overview

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Black’s exquisitely imagined contribution to vampire lore, the creatures have shaken off centuries of clandestine existence and gone public, turning thousands into bloodsuckers like themselves. In an attempt to control their spread, the U.S. government has restricted vampires to ghettolike Coldtowns, where a glamorous, high-octane culture has developed, broadcasting its debauched parties to the world and creating a subculture of humans who fetishize eternal life and long to be turned themselves. Seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up after a wild night of partying to discover that almost everyone in attendance has been killed by vampires, “dried blood crusted on their clothing like rust... dotting their skin like freckles.” Wandering through the carnage, she finds her infected ex-boyfriend, Aiden, and a mysterious, half-mad vampire named Gavriel chained in a bedroom. Escaping the massacre, Tana drives them to the nearest Coldtown, knowing that if she enters, a quick death might be the best outcome. Replete with grisly violence, an intriguingly complex take on the mechanics of vampirism, and well-developed and memorable characters, this superior, dread-soaked tale will satisfy vampire addicts of all ages. Ages 15–up. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary Agency. (Sept.)
starred review Booklist
* "With rapid-fire dialogue, lavish details, and a wildly imagined world, this will enthrall Black's fans from start to finish and leave them hoping for another bone-chilling vicarious tour of Coldtown."
The Horn Book
"Black's compelling prose, descriptive yet direct, conjures a modern gothic world populated by cruel immortals, desperate humans offering themselves as food, and a few hardscrabble survivors. Tana is a winning heroine, by turns staking killer vampires and giving herself over to Gavriel's deep, smoldering kisses."
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An Amazon Best Teen Book of 2013
A TAYSHAS Top Ten Book of the Year
A NPR Great Read of 2013
A SLJ Best Book of the Year
A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
A YALSA Top Ten Amazing Audio Books
A Kirkus Best YA Books

"We've all read a million YA vampire stories at this point, but no one writes like Holly Black: Her worlds are funny and eerily vivid, and Coldtown-a rollicking and decadent ghetto-is one of my all-time favorite fantasy novel settings."—Author of The Fault in Our Stars John Green, Metro New York

* "You may be ready to put a stake in vampire lit, but read this first: It's dark and dangerous, bloody and brilliant."—Kirkus (starred review)

*"Teens with a yen for dark, futuristic novels, and maybe even a few Anne Rice readers, will find this a refreshing take on vampire lit. As always, Black's writing is quick paced and thought-provoking. A must-have for any teen collection."—School Library Journal (starred review)

* "With rapid-fire dialogue, lavish details, and a wildly imagined world, this will enthrall Black's fans from start to finish and leave them hoping for another bone-chilling vicarious tour of Coldtown."—Booklist (starred review)

* "Replete with grisly violence, an intriguingly complex take on the mechanics of vampirism, and well-developed and memorable characters, this superior, dread-soaked tale will satisfy vampire addicts of all ages."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Black's compelling prose, descriptive yet direct, conjures a modern gothic world populated by cruel immortals, desperate humans offering themselves as food, and a few hardscrabble survivors. Tana is a winning heroine, by turns staking killer vampires and giving herself over to Gavriel's deep, smoldering kisses."—The Horn Book

"This is a solidly paced adventure studded with the occasional steamy encounter, so readers familiar with Black's mix of emotional depth and outstanding world-building will not be disappointed."—BCCB

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
The creepily chilling title promises a spooky tale, and best-selling author Holly Black does not disappoint. The book begins with a wallop: Tana wakes up in a bathtub after a wild teen party, only to find that the other partygoers are dead, victims of a marauding vampire. Tana’s world is eerily similar to our own (references to Photoshop and Twitter abound), except that vampire outbreaks are common and those infected by vampire bites (the Cold ones) need to be quarantined in specially designated Coldtowns until their desperate craving for human blood abates. In the aftermath of the fatal party, Tana travels with her now-Cold former boyfriend Aidan and a sexy but conscience-stricken vampire named Gavriel on a pilgrimage to the safety of the nearest Coldtown. Her courageous compassion for both an exasperating ex and a threatening new male companion makes her a sympathetic character, but the book is overly long with too many flashbacks to fill in the gruesome backstory. Each chapter begins with a haunting epigraph about death, which can also be disturbing; while vampire-obsessed readers will agree with Walt Whitman that “Nothing can happen more beautiful than death,” those who are not already Holly Black fans or vampire devotees may agree instead with W. Somerset Maugham that “Death is a very dull, dreary, affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.” Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D. AGERANGE: Ages 14 up.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—A dystopian thriller with a chilling twist. Tana, 17, passes out at a party and wakes up in a house filled with corpses. Her friends lie in crusted pools of blood as she searches through piles of belongings for her keys and boots. Her first thought is that someone must have left a window open. In Tana's world, vampire attacks happen. At the tender age of six, she witnessed her mother's transformation from a loving parent to a creature so desperate for blood it would lure and attack its own daughter. It is because of things like this that Coldtowns, quarantined cities where the infected go to live and die, exist. Along with Tana, the only other survivors of the party are Gavriel, a handsome and mysterious vampire, and Aidan, her newly infected ex. She decides to take them directly to Coldtown, but if crossing the barricades means staying there indefinitely, Tana's not sure she's ready to leave life as she knows it behind. Twilight fans will enjoy the drama, but its fan base need not be limited to those who read paranormal romance. Teens with a yen for dark, futuristic novels, and maybe even a few Anne Rice readers, will find this a refreshing take on vampire lit. As always, Black's writing is quick paced and thought-provoking. A must-have for any teen collection.—Jennifer Furuyama, Pendleton Public Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews
This eagerly anticipated novel (based on Black's short story of the same name) bears little relation to the sparkle-infused vampire tales of the last decade. Ten years ago, a vampire "started romanticizing himself" and went on a rampage, turning people until new vampires were everywhere. As much as possible, they are contained in walled Coldtowns, along with humans who idolize them--or were trapped when the walls went up. Outside, people avoid going out after dark, watch endless feeds from Coldtown parties and idolize vampire hunters. When nihilistic Tana, whose emptiness seems to stem from events surrounding her mother's infection with vampirism, wakes up in a blood bath to find her ex-boyfriend infected and a terrifying but gorgeous vampire chained beside him, she is determined to make things right. What follows is a journey that takes her into Coldtown and out of the grief that has plagued her for years, with plenty of sharply observed characters and situations that feel absurdly, horribly believable. There's dry humor and even a relationship (to call it a romance would be too easy; this is something entirely more complex). Perhaps most unexpectedly, there is no happy ending, just a thread of hope in humanity. You may be ready to put a stake in vampire lit, but read this first: It's dark and dangerous, bloody and brilliant. (Horror. 14 & up)
BCCB
"This is a solidly paced adventure studded with the occasional steamy encounter, so readers familiar with Black's mix of emotional depth and outstanding world-building will not be disappointed."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316213103
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Pages: 419
  • Sales rank: 57,903
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Holly Black

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), the Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. She currently lives in New England with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret door. Her website is blackholly.com.

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  • Posted September 11, 2013

    One thing I've noticed about vampires in many of today's books i

    One thing I've noticed about vampires in many of today's books is that they've been romanticized to the point where they're not really all that scary any more. Think about the vampires you know the best - Edward from the Twilight series, the Brothers from the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Simon from The Mortal Instruments. These are the sexy, sweet vampires who don't kill humans and love their women fiercely.

    Holly Black has reminded us in The Coldest Girl in Coldtown that vampires are inherently evil and bad and so scary. When I learned that this book was about vampires, I was prepared for the usual. What I got instead was something dark, bloody and freaky. It was awesome!

    Tana wakes up the morning after a party and 48 of her friends are dead. She discovers her ex-boyfriend and a vampire chained in a room and saves them. The three of them set off for Coldtown, with Tana having every intention of returning home when her cargo is delivered. Things don't happen according to plan, though, and before she knows it, Tana finds herself fighting for her life as she knows it.

    The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is unique in many ways. In it, our world knows about vampires and fears them. Vampirism is treated as a disease, and something that can be fought - like a cold. It's a different way of looking at it, for sure.

    Let's talk characters. Tana was an awesome heroine. She had something truly awful happen to her as a child, and although that event certainly helped shape her, it hasn't defined her like we see so many times in characters that are in situations like this. She's brave and strong and smart. She's cautious when she needs to be, and she doesn't blindly trust anyone.

    Gavriel was... wow. He was something else. A centuries-old vampire who is more than a little nuts-o, yet young-looking and hot (of course!) and so dynamic. He says the craziest things, and pairs them with moments of lucidity that make you think that perhaps there's a method to his madness. And, there's definitely more to him than what meets the eye - that was evident from the very first moment we see him.

    The way that Black layered the chapters with one flashback followed by one present-day helped to slowly develop the characters and the world so that it wasn't so much info dump all at once. I did appreciate that a lot.

    The other thing I appreciated is that, although there is a very nice slow burn romance, it wasn't thrust in with a crowbar. Many times, a romance is added just for people like me who need something like that in my stories. Not because the story calls for it. In this case, the romance is a little darker, but no less sweet. Gavriel is an a-typical hero and leading man, and I was okay with that. I still fell in love with him, just like Tana did.

    At 419 pages, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a smidge long. It could've been tightened up some. Some of the flashback chapters felt unnecessary. In fact, I think the addition of Tana's sister Pearl was completely nonessential to the main story, and I don't think I would've felt like I was missing anything important if she had been omitted entirely.

    Despite that, I really loved the dark and foreboding aspect of this story. The romance that I need was there, although it wasn't prominent. The heroes are exciting. The villains are confusing in a very good way (Are they all bad? Good? How bad are they?). If you like vampire stories even a little, you really should give this one a shot. I can't wait to see where Black takes this story next.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Loved it!

    Wow! This book is a wild ride - full of scares, adventure and a new take on vampires. Tana Bach is a scarred but intrepid heroine. Her trip with her friend Adrian and recently met Gavriel to the Coldtown is full of suspense and revelations. Once they reach the Coldtown you are introduced to a whole new world within the walls.
    I have been a fan of Holly Black for a long time and this book does not disappoint!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Great read!

    Perfect vampire book. You get the true nature of what, if real, vampires might go through. It's like True Blood meet The Walking Dead. Loved the writing!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    This shows all just how horrid Twilight & other Vampire stor

    This shows all just how horrid Twilight & other Vampire stories with little-to-no plot and only romance.
    Really, Twilight had quite 1-dimensional characters, while this makes you feel for them.
    This story takes you back to true vampires- Scary, blood sucking monsters.
    This has an amazing plot, the premise of Coldtowns, and interesting characters.
    Crazy plot twist in the end- I recommend this to anyone that likes to read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

    Not your typical vampire story So, I don't even know where to s

    Not your typical vampire story

    So, I don't even know where to start with this review...I think I've written it 4 different ways already and still have not come up with the best way to say that, yes this is another vampire book but no, it's not just ANOTHER vampire book. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black wickedly portrays the vampire theme in a refreshingly dark and twisted new way that will leave you breathless as you root for the human, the cold and the vampire.

    Black slowly and methodically builds up memorable characters with flashback style writing that will open a window into our main character, Tana's past and present from her point of view showing her struggle with the whole "vampire" apocalypse from a startlingly early age and how that affects her reactions today. The pace can seem a bit slow (especially in the beginning), but it didn't seem to detour my interest as it seemed very fitting and definitely picks up later on. Do not make the mistake of overlooking this gem of a novel because you're tired of vampires or it's not action packed in the first few chapters. 

    I can't tell you how many times I read a synopsis now-a-days and think, "oh another supernatural/dystopian novel...hope this one isn't like the rest of them." I can tell you, Coldtown is darker and does not have the expected fairytale "everyone is happy" ending. Black does not hold back on the gruesome scenes, leaves out the whole love triangle bit (thank you) and even squashes and pokes some humor at the stereotypical vampire traits. So if you're looking for that storybook ending...look elsewhere, but if you're looking for an action packed thrilling story of death, revenge, and love with a twist that will shock you, then this is definitely for you!

    My synopsis in 50 words or less:

    Human girl goes to party. Girl wakes up to find everyone dead. Girl frees ex-boyfriend and vampire, realizes she might be exposed and heads to the closest Coldtown. Coldtown is not what it seems on TV. Humans come there to become vampires and vampires rule Coldtown. Girl kicks ass.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Loved it <3

    Sure it was a little slow in the beginning but when u hear more about everyone's back story u like it more and then when u see how insane and dangerous the love interest is, it makes u absolutely love him and the story

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Loved it

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and didn't want it to end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book. It takes you on a wild adventure int

    I really enjoyed this book. It takes you on a wild adventure into a world where vampires are really monsters and not what people have turned them into today. I enjoyed it and will read it again. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    highly recommended

    My daughter and I both love Holly Black as an author. She didn't disappoint with this book. It's good for young adults and adults. We both loved it and want more of it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2013

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    Okay, the very first thing that needs to be said about this book

    Okay, the very first thing that needs to be said about this book is that if I could I would give it (every star in the sky out of five) six out of five stars at the very least. This book has raised my expectations beyond where they have ever been before. It blew my mind. It took my feels (feels being a burst of emotions that cannot be explained adequately) and completely obliterated them to the point where I was left literally as an emotional puddle curled up on the floor unable to contain how much I loved this book. In case I haven’t made it quite clear yet The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is currently placeholder for book of the year 2013 (in my opinion).

    The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is set in a future where vampirism is being spread like a pandemic and in an effort to control the infection the government has set up Coldtowns in all major areas where the infection seems to be breaking out. Tana has grown up used to the existence of vampires, Coldtowns and the idea of people who gain the infection and begin to go Cold and hunger for human blood to finish their transformation.

    When Tana awakens in a bathtub after a night of partying the last thing she expects is to discover that the very people she grew up with have all been brutally murdered by vampires, that her crappy ex-boyfriend Aidan is infected in the aftermath and a mysterious, vampire boy named Gavriel. In an effort to keep them from going Cold, Tana finds herself en route to Coldtown with a strange pair of siblings and two hungry bloodsuckers. However as Tana finds herself delving deeper into the heart of Coldtown and its celebrity vampire’s glamorous lives, she discovers that Coldtown has its secrets. Then there’s Gavriel who’s dark, strange and terribly undead and pulling Tana toward him whether she knows it or not…

    One of the best parts of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is the writing style. Ever since reading her Modern Faerie Tales, I’ve loved the way that author Holly black writes. Her way of writing is always so detailed and descriptive, it’s very easy to conjure the scenes taking place in your mind. The way that The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is written leaves it so that everything always feels dark. This read in general is very dark there are psychotic vampires, a girl waking up to her friends’ corpses and lots and lots of tragedy. The way that Holly Black wrote The Coldest Girl in Coldtown honestly had me falling in love with this read twelve times harder than I expected to.

    The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is filled with plot twists that left me screaming… literally… (Should I be worried about that? Probably). Every single one was not foreshadowed that much, just lightly hinted at in a very realistic manner. Plot twist after plot twist I just did not expect what would happen next to Tana and the cast in the novel. Honestly the biggest one that I could not expect involved Gavriel who I loved. A lot. Unhealthily to the point where I have decided he needs to be my next fictional character obsession after Supernatural’s Dean Winchester…

    Gavriel and Tana were amazing and I loved them very much. I ‘shipped’ it as the young people these days say it (shipped being a term used to take two fictional characters and pair them together) because they were perfect together. Gavriel is the type of badass male love interest that you know will completely jack you up if you try to mess with him while also being the type of badass male love interest that you want to just have hold you and being romantic with (see Vampire Academy’s Dimitri and The Mortal Instrument’s Jace). Forget for a moment that Gavriel is also a vampire who may not be completely all right in the head, he was still amazing. And I want more of him despite how I could barely handle what I was given in The Coldest Girl in Coldtown without losing control of my emotions.

    I haven’t read a breathtaking read like this in a long time, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is what I have been searching for in the past two years. A highly addictive read that I just could not put down. Readers who are looking for a kickass main character in a dark and romantic read should definitely check this out. Fans of Holly Black’s previous works will eat this novel up and readers who have been searching everywhere for a novel that will just take your mind and blow it up need to read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Even if you aren’t a fan of vampires you need to read it. Everybody needs to read it. Definitely my number one pick for the best read this year.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    I'm usually picky when it comes to fantasy books but WOW, I fell

    I'm usually picky when it comes to fantasy books but WOW, I fell in LOVE with this book. Holly Black was able to do many things with this story that many aren't able to when it comes to writing about vampires. I was amazed at how much I wanted to keep reading more and more, never wanting to put the book down. Can't wait to see what is next from Holly Black!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    !!!!!!!!

    AMAZING!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Wow

    Great read.......I would love if you continued the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    Wonderful Book!!

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  • Posted September 23, 2014

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    The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is really fantastic!  It delivers s

    The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is really fantastic!  It delivers so much more than just horror but it also gives us a big dose of that too!  I am pretty much loving this book and could read it over and over again.  




    It encompasses every facet of what we love about the old vampire classic books, while still adding something new and original to the mix.  And if you read the acknowledgments, you will see that Holly Black gives thanks to all the masters of vampire literature and this book is somewhat of an ode to them.  
    As you read, you will notice the similarities with the classic authors but Black does add her own voice to this masterpiece and we get something wholly different and terrifyingly perfect.   The way that Black interprets vampire culture was an eye-opener.  She showed us the love affair that this society has with the vampires; but then gives us the grisly side of them also.  It makes us take off our rose colored glasses and see what is really there- monsters.  
    And in doing that, made the story a thousand times better!  I loved the gritty raw side to it all.  There is gore and there is destruction and it just enhances the story so much more.  




    Black takes our society right now and our fascination with the undead monsters and adds an supernatural element to it.  She gives her story the perfect setting and a strange and frightening alternate universe.  The nightmare, then, has come to life.  




    I am also a huge fan of Holly Black's writing style.  She uses pretty awesome phrases that tend to give the reader a couple of different ideas as they read.  For example, her use of the word &quot;orgy&quot; was a plus for me, because I haven't heard it used in this way:
    &quot;orgy of grief&quot;
    &quot;orgy of death&quot;
    In using such phrases, I can really feel the intensity of the scenes she is trying to convey to us.  She also introduces us to more symbolism in the story.  I love how she personifies Death and makes it the main theme of the book.
    &quot;Every night in Coldtown, people die. People are fragile.  They die of mistakes, of overdoses, of sicknesses.  But mostly they die of Death.&quot;
    page 247
    Death seems to be almost as important as our main character, Tana, is.  In fact, it seems all of the characters share a few traits with each other, like their being flawed, but they also seem to have Death shadowing them everyday.  Some of their flaws are simple and some are so strange and frightening that it makes them seem so disconnected from society.  
       And of course, I can't forget the many beautiful and hypnotizing poetry that she puts at the beginning of each chapter.  I am huge fan of poetry, so I was literally writing down poets I loved so I could learn more about them.  
    Besides all of this, there is this morbid and creep chill factor that sets the scenes in all of their horrific glory.  It is pure macabre and I was in love every minute as I cringed and eagerly wanted more and more.  And what added to this display of terror was the foreshadowing in the novel.  Like this one here that just makes tingles run down my spine:




    &quot;The clerk took a long look at Tana.  
    &quot;You're never getting out, honey.  So don't you worry about it.&quot;
    page 152
    Is this a dire warning or is it just the prejudice of a mundane character?  I don't know but that just really gives me the creeps.  There is no hope in that person's outlook.  Sad.  




    Through all these wonderful additions to the story, there is an even more important detail to the book and it is the plot.  While reading The Coldest Girl in Coldtown I was thrown for a loop so many times.  There are many of twists and turns that I wasn't expecting in a million years, but am glad that they were there.  




    Simply put, Holly Black is one of the most fantastic, most amazing, and decidedly one of the best storytellers this generation is lucky enough to read.  I look forward to more from her and I am in awe of the creativity that was put into this book.  Hands down this is a five heart book!

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    I wasn't originally planning on picking this book up. I couldn'


    I wasn't originally planning on picking this book up. I couldn't quite get on board with the concept, but then I grabbed it at BEA after hearing a ton of great things about it. It was supposed to be really great, and once I started it I hated putting it down. Right away I was pulled into this strange world that Tana lived in.

    Vampires have sort of fallen into the background after the Twilight craze calmed down. Slowly though, there are a few vampire books that are slowly creeping back into the market. For example, you've got The Blood of Eden Series by Julie Kagawa and now you have The Coldest Girl in Coldtown which does not romanticize vampires like Twilight did.

    I love how dirty and nitty gritty it is with the vampires. There was this great world that Black obviously put a ton of effort into developing, between the way the infection spread and how the old world Vampires operated, there was so much thought put into this that I just want to dive back in and discover all the other nooks and crannies that I'm missing.

    As great as the world building was, I felt that we didn't get to know Tana very well, we only really knew her in context of this horrible tragedy that she was party to. I felt that we really saw her as she went through her grief of what happened to her friends, that we really didn't get to see who Tana really was. Dispite that, I really loved her. She was fierce and loyal to her family and friends and it made me want to be best friends with her.

    Through the whole book I felt like I was really in the dregs with Tana and Aidan and Gavriel. I didn't want to put the book down. I wanted to know what was going to happen next and who they were possibly going to meet. I truly adored this book, and I am so glad that I got to read it! Keep an eye out for when this book hits shelves this September!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    Great story

    Interesting character development and a good plot enjoyed!

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  • Posted June 30, 2014

    I have read quite a few of Holly Black's books lately and this o

    I have read quite a few of Holly Black's books lately and this one did not disappoint. I was first drawn to the title and when I read this
    blurb on the back cover from Kirkus Reviews saying this about the book: &quot;It's dark and dangerous, bloody and brilliant.&quot;

    Yes this is another YA vampire novel but you will find this one a little different from those others because in this one the vampires, well at
    least most of them, live in what are known as Coldtowns. Pretty intriguing I know. So this page turner starts with Tana waking up in the
    bathtub of the place that she partied hard at the night before with all of her friends. But after she starts moving around Tana realizes there
    is something off and soon discovers that everyone there that night has been massacred by vampires! Completely freaked out Tana
    contemplates how to escape because the vampires could still be in the house and guess what she's not wrong. Tana soon finds
    herself locked in one of the rooms, with her ex-boyfriend (who other than here was the one other one to survive but he is infected so if he
    drinks human blood he will turn into a vampire) and a chained up vampire and there are other vampires outside the door trying to break it
    down. But luckily for Tana the room has windows and the threat of the sun will keep the vampires on the other side of the door, well
    that is until it sets, so Tana better come up with a plan and quick. Somehow Tana ends up saving their sorry butts and she escapes
    with her life, along with an infected and a vampire, oh and she thinks she may have been bitten in the escape so she may be infected to. 
    The nearest Coldtown seems to hold the answers to why all of this has happened and Tana is determined to know why. What will they
    find when they get there? If Tana is not infected how will she get out? And what does all this have to do with some ancient vampire feud?
    Well I guess you will have to read it to find out and it was an excellent read with great characters, a well thought out plot, and
    the story line didn't stagnant but kept moving at a decent pace which of course are the kind of stories that keep us entertained instead
    of bored. This would make an excellent movie which I would actually want to see on the big screen instead of waiting for it to come out
    on dvd like I do for most movies.

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

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    Excellent book

    Excellent book Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult


    Tana’s life consists of walled cities called Coldtowns. They exist for the quarantined monsters and the humans that mingle with them. It is a decadently bloody place that mixes predator and prey. Once you pass through Coldtown’s gates you can never leave.

    One morning Tana wakes from a perfectly ordinary party to be surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of the massacre are a mysterious boy with a terrible secret and her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend. An ex-boyfriend that is now infected and on the edge. Tana is shaken but determined to save the three of them. So she enters a race against a clock that is ticking by the only way she knows how. She goes straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.



    This is story that puts a very interesting twist on vampires. It isn’t like your usual vampire stories and it proves to be engage and intriguing in ways that make it hard to put is down once it is started. The ending is such that it will have readers desperately hoping there will be more books after this one so that they can get some closure to this one. It takes some great twists and turns so the reader never knows just will happen next. It will definitely keep readers on their toes with this one. The characters are interesting though some prove to be very good at being adversaries. The story has some great tension to it that keeps the story line moving and will take readers on one very wild ride. For those that love vampire books this is one they won’t want to miss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Freaken great

    I love this book

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