Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 3rd 2013
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Legends, Myths, Fables, Other, paranormal, Runaways, Social Issues, Young Adult
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.
It’s been awhile since I picked up a vampire book and read it for the first time. I’ve done a couple of rereads, but reading a vampire book hasn’t happened in quite some time. I actually listened to the audiobook of the book, and enjoyed the story that way.
Holly Black is one of those authors that you either love or hate. None of her books are the same, so if you don’t like one, you can pick up another and have a completely different feel than you did in the last book. I was first exposed to her writing in middle school when I picked up her book, White Cat, a provocative tale about black magic and organized crime. Strangely enough, I haven’t read the last book in the series, but I highly suggest the first two. Maybe someone can recommend the third one to me.
Anyway, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown sat in this funky middle area for me. I enjoyed it sometimes, but other times I just wanted to get to the point. I had mixed emotions about Gavril and Tana’s relationship. Obviously, from the beginning of the story, they were going to have some sort of relationship, but I would have liked to have more of them together. There was one major kiss at dawn, and then they go their separate ways. When they finally find each other again, it was almost as if they had spent so much time thinking about one another that they had fabricated feelings. That being said, I still loved Gavril. No doubt he raised the bar for vampire men everywhere, but I would have loved to have had more of him.
Most of the action in this book took place at the middle to end. At the beginning, the unlikely trio, which turns to a quintet, is traveling to the Coldtown and establishing their relationships, an extremely progressive plot. My absolute favorite part of the story was learning about Gavril’s background, concreting his character more in the story, though he didn’t have as strong of a presence as Tana.
The ending was bitterly sweet. Throughout the entire book, Black makes you wonder if Tana is or will get infected. There was a heartbreaking story about her mother in the beginning of the novel, which only added to the intrigue. However, the ending left me with so many questions. Since the book is a standalone, I’ll have to let my mind come up with some creative endings to Gavril and Tana’s story, or only Tana’s, if Gavril ends up not being part of it. Who knows?
This is definitely a book for vampire lovers—the old, burn-in-the-sun, garlic-hating kind. For fans of L.J. Smith’s novels, this is one you’ll want to add to your list.