Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Author: Holly Black
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 432 Pages
ISBN-10: 0316213101 (LB Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-0316213103 (LB Teen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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.
Quick & Dirty: Fun paranormal book, with engaging characters, intense action, sweet romance and a great different twist on vampires.
Opening Sentence: Tana woke lying in a bathtub.
In a world where vampirism is a disease and there is has been a huge breakout, there are cities called Coldtowns where anyone infected has to go whether you are a full vampire or just a human who has been bitten and gone cold. If you have gone cold all you need to do is drink enough blood to become a vampire or wait 88 agonizing days for the disease to leave your body. As far as anyone knows no one has ever made it to the 88 day mark. Someone has to supply the blood so there are also humans who either got stuck when the cities were created or have volunteered to live there in hopes of becoming a vampire. Once you enter Coldtown there is no getting out.
Tana wakes up from a rough night of partying to find that all of the people at the party were killed by vampires except her and her ex-boyfriend Aiden. Aiden has been bitten and tied up along with a hot rouge vampire Gavriel. Tana saves them and takes them the only place she knows is safe, the closest Coldtown. Upon arrival they find that Coldtown isn’t as glamorous as it’s been made out to be. Tana tries to help Aiden as he adjusts to being cold, and she can’t help but be attracted to the mysterious Gavriel who has many secrets. Surrounded by ancient enemies and blood sucking vampires, Tana’s not sure how long she is going to last in Coldtown.
Most of the story is told from Tana’s POV but occasionally you will get glimpses of the past from some of the other characters. Tana is a very likable character, she is strong and determined. She has a spunky personality with a slight dark side to it, but she also has a really compassionate side. She tries to help her friends even if they don’t deserve it, and she is willing to help a strange vampire because it is the right thing to do. Tana is no stranger to the disease, she has seen firsthand what it can do to a person once they are infected. She will do anything to protect those she loves even if it means never seeing them again. She was a great heroine and she was easy to connect with.
Then you have the gorgeous boys. Aiden broke Tana’s heart when he broke up with her a few weeks ago, but she can’t leave him to die. Aiden is funny and really knows how to lighten the mood with witty banter and smart remarks. Of course he is hot and cocky but he also has a vulnerable side you see occasionally. I really liked Aiden, I just wish we would have gotten to know him a little bit better. Gavriel is a mysterious, slightly crazy vampire that happens to be totally hot. He finds Tana interesting and a girl hasn’t caught his eye in a very long time. Gavriel has a dark past and he has a lot of secrets, but Tana can’t help the attractions she feels for him. I really liked Gavriel, he is sweet and very charming.
This was a really fun read for me. There is good action, intense moments, cute romance, mystery, and a fun story. While vampires aren’t a new concept, Black’s take on them was still unique and different. The cast of characters were great and easy to connect with. The plot was a little predictable, but it kept me intrigued the whole way through. I really enjoyed Black’s writing, it flowed well and was easy to get engrossed in. As of right now there is no news of a sequel, but the ending was left pretty open and I hope that Black decides to write one. This was a great read and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is a YA Paranormal fan.
“No, on the other side,” she told Aidan. “You’re going to drive.”
He turned back to her, brows knitted in confusion.
“It’ll give you something to concentrate on other than biting me. And I can keep an eye on you.” She held up the tire iron. “And we head where I say—understand?”
“I’ve been good,” he complained.
“Get in!” she shouted, and somehow that, of all things, seemed to work. With a sigh, he walked around the front of the car. She got in on the other side and passed him the keys, holding the metal bar up with her other hand to show she’d use it if she had to. It was solid and smelled faintly of oil and hung comfortingly heavy in her grip.
Aidan took a quick look at her face and turned the key in the ignition.
“Go,” she said, under her breath, like a prayer. “Go, go, go, go.”
He pulled across the lawn toward the road. In the rearview mirror, the house looked like an ordinary clapboard farmhouse, except for the broken window and the bit of curtain fluttering through it, a lone and lonely ghost.
FTC Advisory: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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