The Coldest Girl in Coldtown [NOOK Book]

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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

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."
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316213110
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 14,346
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 899 KB

Meet the Author

Holly Black
Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. 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.

    10 out of 10 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!

    3 out of 3 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!

    2 out of 2 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!

    2 out of 2 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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  • 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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    !!!!!!!!

    AMAZING!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Enjoyable

    Quite enjiyable. A second might just be nessesary to complete it however.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    Let¿s play a game of never have I ever. Never have I ever read a

    Let’s play a game of never have I ever. Never have I ever read a Holly Black book before I read The Coldest Girl of Coldtown. Never have I ever been excited about reading it. Never have I ever thought that “ooooh, ME NEEDS TO READ THIS ASAP OR I’LL DIE.“ No. Nothing of sorts. Yeah, a bunch of people enjoyed it, Giselle and Rachel among them, but I still didn’t feel like reading it. Thank goodness for the magic that is audiobooks or else I wouldn’t have given it a try at all. Yay that I did.

    QUOTE
    “If she was going to die, she might as well die sarcastic.” 

    I really liked the world. Kind of reminded me of The Sookie Stackhouse series (or the Southern Vampires series as some of you may know it) what with its world’s obsession with vampires and whatnot. Especially in the HBO’s TV show even more than in the books. The writing is absolutely gorgeous and it took me to another place entirely while I was listening to this book. However, I feel like not much happened plot-wise because all they do is ride to this destination, but you know, whatever—I’m not complaining over a road trip. I love me some great road trips. Then again, there were lots of twists and turns that took me by surprise. Like the story behind Gavriel? Yeahhhh.. that one indeed. Really enjoyed the family storylines; both of them—Gavriel's and Tana's.

    The narrator did a very good job. I actually tried to listen to it once before, but the sample didn’t convince me that it was a book I’d like to “read“, but a few months later I gave it another go and totally ended up loving the narrator’s job so I got the book. The narrator gives the main character this good ole Daria vibe with her sometimes sarcastic and quite a bit serious voice that she does well and it suits Tana's personality extremely well. Plus, the narrator made good voice intonations so that I knew who was speaking without having the need to mention the name. That’s some skill here.

    After about 60% of the book I got tired and was ready for the book to be over with. I think that a lot of it could have been cut, because for such a huge book, not much happened as I already said and that was kind of the downfall of it all in my eyes. What does it matter though? Most people love this novel to pieces. Also, I’m glad that this is a standalone and I don’t mind it in the least. We need more standalones and less series.

    Overall, I am very pleased that I decided to give it a try. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. If it wasn’t for the ending dragging so much and the not-so-much-happening plot-wise in such a long book, it would have been a higher rating, but it is what it is hence we’re stuck with this rating. I still advise you to give it a go, because the writing and the ideas definitely make me want to explore more by Holly.

    PS. I know this review didn't really say anything, but I don't have anything to say. It was likable, but nothing special except for the writing.

    Overall rating: 3.4 out of 5.0

    Originally published on my blog @ Little Pieces of Imagination

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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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    Amazing

    Loved it

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

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    Once upon a time I was vampire obsessed. I would read whatever I

    Once upon a time I was vampire obsessed. I would read whatever I could get my hands on, from Anne Rice to Stephanie Meyer to Laurell K. Hamilton and everything in between. But then vampire fiction took over the book market and I had to stop. The books became boring, predictable and at times just downright ridiculous. I became convinced that there would never again be another fresh, exciting, different vampire book that would resurrect my interest. And then Holly Black had to come along with The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and prove me wrong.

    This book is dark. Gloriously, wonderfully dark. The prose is utterly gorgeous. Luscious and atmospheric and just guh. It’s the kind of writing I just want to wrap around myself and live in.

    The world-building is extremely well done. I didn’t feel as if there were any glaring questions left unanswered about how the vampires became exposed and why the Coldtowns were created, but I also didn’t feel like I was overburdened with irrelevant information. It was a perfect balance.

    The pacing and plot are also fantastic. It was sharp and original and bloody and terrifying and just SO MUCH HAPPENS, including a lot that I didn’t expect but it never feels as if anything is being rushed. I even enjoyed the flashbacks into Gavriel’s past, although they were probably the most boring parts of the book. The ending was so satisfying, with the major plot points being tied up while still leaving so many possibilities open. I loved that Black didn’t wrap everything up in some happily ever after with a shiny bow on top. The ending is just as horrifying as the opening chapter in it’s own way, although not without being hopeful as well.

    One thing I also particularly enjoyed was that Black didn’t romanticize vampires. At least not in the way we are used to. While there is some romance, although it isn’t traditional by any means, (and sorry yes, totally swooning over Gavriel even though he’s a monster and not meant to be romantic at all) and some humans who are stupid enough to see the vampires and Coldtowns as beautiful and tragic and romantic, it is made very clear to the reader through Tana’s experiences that most of the vampires are self-absorbed, horrifying monsters who care little for anyone other than themselves. 

    Best of all though are the characters. Everyone introduced was just so richly developed, with distinct personalities and motives. Tana is the kind of heroine I adore. Brave without being stupid about it, self-sufficient and just plain smart with just the right amount of sass thrown in. I just really enjoyed being in her head.

    I honestly don’t know what else I can tell you without spoiling it. This was one of my favorite reads last year, completely unexpectedly, and even if you’re totally sick of vampire books, this book will not disappoint.  JUST GO READ IT NOW.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Looking for friends

    Okay I dont know my account but if you put your email up I could invite you to be my friend :}

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Loved it

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Weird

    I just started this book, and i can tell it will be amazing, but I have a weird little story to share. I am a writer. Always have been, always will be. And one of the very first stories I wrote started with " Tanya woke up in a bathtub." And this book begins with "Tana awoke in a bathtub" (or something along those lines. I dont have the book in front of me.) This is an absolutly pointless story, but I thought it was a very strange coincidence worth sharing. This proves that there is a tiny but of a child's mind in every authors head.
    Props to Black for breaking the Vampire stereotype. Books like Twighlight mqke me sick, and this is the cure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Gold medal

    If you're lookimg for the absolute opposite of twilight... well, i think even this title proves you've found it. A kickass MORAL perceptive and sardonic heroine, a supposedly insane vamp who knows just he best things to say, and a semiplausible vampiric dominated world... do you think ou can actually walk AWAY from this book? Honey, you'd better be able to chain yourself in the basement for 88 days until you can kick the attraction or you wont like the monster you'll become.

    ALSO INCLUDED multiple POV, relatable quotes from authors even I know, and hot male eye candy imagery.

    Basically, the only thing you have to ask about this book is:
    THERES GOING TO BE A SEQUEL, RIGHT?

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