Monday, November 11, 2013

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a YA contemporary fantasy novel by Holly Black.

In Tana’s world, Coldtowns exist.

They are walled cities in which quarantines were set up to house the monsters that came into the spotlight long ago – blood thirsty vampires, and the humans that are desperate to be them – or were trapped behind the walls when they went up.

With a tragic past that left an ugly scar on her arm, Tana knows the effects of getting Cold, the vampire infection that occurs when you are bit, first hand.

When one morning Tana wakes up, disoriented after a long night of partying, she finds herself surrounded by corpses. Everywhere she looks she sees people she’s gone to school with for years – bloody and lifeless.

A vampire attack.

At first it seems she is the only survivor of the massacre, but then she finds her ex-boyfriend tied up in a room, fighting the first impulses of going Cold. He was bit.

With him is a painfully gorgeous, terrifyingly dangerous vampire – also tied up, and seeming in need of rescuing just as much as they.

Against her better judgment, she gets all three of them out of the house.

The only way to save them is to go to Coldtown…

This is the first Holly Black novel I’ve read. I’ve heard of her, of course. But really I was intrigued by the title of this novel and decided to give it a try without even bothering to pay much attention to what it’s about.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was fantastic!!!

It’s immediately fascinating, extremely original and very, very suspenseful. Holly Black puts a new twist on vampires, vampire lore, and a picture of what maybe the world would be like if vampires did all of a sudden become a real thing in the present-day world.

I was engrossed incredibly quickly and hungry for more after only mere pages. I loved the brisk, genuine, contemporary way it is written – and the fact that there is a dark, desperateness to Tana that makes her character interesting, disturbing, and altogether likable.

Revealing, flashback-like chapters give more insight into vampires, Tana’s childhood and psychological state and Tana’s friends and family – all of which is insightful and compelling.

Though seductive, alluring and increasingly romantic with time – the focus of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is never ROMANCE. And I have to say thank God for that, because doesn’t that get old??

No, the focus is SURVIVAL.

There’s never a slow second, whether we’re seeing character growth or plot growth – and I LOVED it!!!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a refreshingly DIFFERENT vampire story – and I was glued!!!!!

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