Monday, March 3, 2014

Book Review: "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" by Holly Black

Oh, man - what a party.  Tana wakes up in the bathtub in the morning to find that the party house has gone quiet.  Thinking that everyone has already woken and gone home or out for breakfast, she is shocked to discover her friends dead all over the house from a major vampire attack.  She stumbles upon one other survivor - her ex-boyfriend Aidan (though he has been bitten) - and a vampire locked up in chains and figures out a way to get all of them out of the house and to safety.  But where is safe if Aidan is going Cold?  They head to Coldtown - the quarantined city home to vampires, infected humans going Cold, and crazy humans who idolize vampires and hope to be turned.  But once you go to Coldtown, you don't usually get out...  so is it the safest place for Tana?

This is such a fresh and original look at a vampire story....  I liked it even more than I thought I would!  It is so dark and twisted, rather desperate in parts really.  Tana is a strong character, but kind of sad and lost.  I think she could have made some smarter choices along the way, but I think anyone could say that about anyone (including me).  But I was happy to see her find her strength when she needed to - not just to face the horrors in her past, but to bravely attack the horrors right in front of her now.  I was really intrigued by the vampire she rescued from the party too; his name is Gavriel and he is just a little crazy which is fun in a twisted way.  He has a long history, clear motives, and is full of surprises.

I really like Black's take on vampire creation mythology too.  Here it is a two step process, and it seems more cruel yet leaves room for hope somehow.  It all worked for me.  I could completely envision Coldtown, and even went there in my dreams (not the happiest dream, but it certainly felt real!).  I was even completely satisfied by the ending, which hasn't necessarily happened in awhile.  I totally recommend this one - and not just to YA readers!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
by Holly Black
Little, Brown and Company, 2013
419 pages
Source:  Purchased New

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown


jmisgro said...

I really liked this book too!

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

This book was an outrageously fun one to read. I loved seeing non-sparkly vampires, too.

Cleo Rogers said...

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black was a brilliant and exciting new take on vampires, full of twist and definitely not for the faint hearted. Bloody, scary and sexy - The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a must read for all Vampire lovers and for all lovers of dark and edgy tales!
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