The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
author : Holly Black
pages : [hardcover] 432
favorite character : tana &
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.
I’ve been over the entire vampire idea in books for a while but I have to say that Julie Kagawa’s new series involving vampires has given me renewed hope and has kept me from looking down on awesome books just because they happen to have vampires in them. I think that so many people have an aversion to them because of Twilight and similar books. Today I’d like to say that if you’re having that problem, pick up this book and you’ll feel renewed hope for vampire novels everywhere!
First of all, Tana, the main character in this book, doesn’t romanticize vampires at all. Her mother was infected by one when Tana was a little girl and she’s seen firsthand how that changes a person from who she’s known into a blood-craving monster. I do like how this book addresses the inevitable group of people who do wish to become immortal, beautiful, deadly creatures. With all of this ‘feeds’ coming out of Coldtowns, where they stick all the vampires and infected they can catch, the entire thing is glamorized to the extreme. All aspects of this are addressed in the books.
Second, there is no romance in this book. I repeat, none! Sure, it’s hinted that maybe there could be something in the future books but I love how in this one the main character actually sticks to her plans and doesn’t allow herself to get distracted just because of some guy. All of the characters are great, from the manipulative to the strange to the downright scary. It’s obvious that the vampires aren’t the only things to fear in this book and things aren’t safe even before they reach Coldtown.
There were so many parts of this book that I loved that I can’t even hope to describe them all here without spoiling you completely. Just trust me when I say that you’ll find something to enjoy about this book. It’s such a refreshing voice and story on an idea that’s been overdone and I can’t wait to read more!
If you like this book, you should read The Immortal Rules.