by Holly Black
A girl. A vampire. A disease, and a quarantined city. Trust me this is nothing like Twilight–it is so much better! I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when I heard that one of my favorite authors was going to write a vampire novel. However, I was sure that if anyone could give a new spin to the vampire genre, it was Holly Black. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed!
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown starts with a grisly scene. We meet Tana as she wakes up in a bathtub. She must have fallen asleep the night before at the party, or passed out… Either way, as she makes her way through the house, she uncovers horror after horror as most of the partygoers have all been killed. Tana knows that only one thing could have created this gory scene: vampires. In Tana’s world, vampirism is a disease that has been spread like any epidemic. Once bitten by a vampire, a person has 88 days to sweat out the disease. As long as they don’t submit to the craving of human blood, the infection will clear up. Very few, however, can resist the craving. Once infected, a human must enter a Coldtown, or quarantined areas of cities that were created to contain the spread of the disease. Coldtowns are seen by some as very glamorous. There are a ton of feeds and videos coming out of the Coldtowns, on different social networking sites, that show all the fabulous parties, fashion, and different trends in these strange cities.
As Tana tries to escape the gruesome aftermath of the party, she unknowingly comes upon her ex-boyfriend who was bitten and survived. She also finds the vampire Gavriel. Without giving too much away, Gavriel was at the house against his will. Tana, also possibly infected, can only come up with one plan: to take Gavriel and Aidan to the nearest Coldtown. What follows is Tana and Aidan’s fight against infection, the unraveling mystery of the eccentric Gavriel and his dedication to Tana, their fight to survive life in the Coldtown, and a ton of other colorful characters and action and adventure.
As I said before, I was not disappointed by the awesomeness of this book! However, knowing how much I love Holly Black’s character development and plot turns in her past novels, I don’t know why I doubted her. Like her previous books the Curseworkers series, Tithe, and Valiant, Black brings you into this novel with an attention-grabbing beginning that just keeps getting better as you keep reading. The pace is fast and engrossing, and I love all the characters that Black created. Tana is a kick-butt, but damaged girl, whose attraction to danger gets her into a lot of trouble. She was very interesting to read, and you never really knew what Tana would do next, but she was also very much a sympathetic character because she cared so much for those around her. Her ex-boyfriend Aidan provided a lot of comic relief, but also some uncertainty because he was infected. And finally, there was Gavriel, who by no means is an Edward Cullen clone. Gavriel was mad, literally, which made him so unpredictable that you honestly don’t know if he is in love with Tana or if he wants to kill her. The mystery of how Gavriel was driven mad is unraveled slowly, which makes the reader read that much faster. Additionally, supporting characters that pop up along the way to and in Coldtown are colorful and crazy and add so much to the story.
Definitely pick this book up if you are a fan of the supernatural and/or vampires. Also pick this book up if you want a fast-paced, exciting read that you can’t put down. Click here to find The Coldest Girl in Coldtown in the Library!
This book is recomended for readers in high school and older.
The author, Holly Black, will be visiting the Mount Prospect Public Library on Tuesday, September 10, at 7 p.m. She will be talking about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and signing books. Click here to register for the event!