Name & Author: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Release Date: September 3rd 2013
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. -Goodreads
This is the first Holly Black book I have read since I read The Spiderwick Chronicles when I was younger. The book is based on a short story by Holly Black with the same name from The Eternal Kiss. This is a really good book. Holly Black takes on most of modern time problems with a paranormal twist. One of these things are types of relationship. In the book there is all kinds of relationships, straight, gay, bi, which aren’t in many YA or fantasy books.
The world building in the book is very realistic. The story takes place in normal time US where there are closed towns for vampires, Coldtowns. When you enter one you rarely get out. Vampirism has been an epidemic in the US and is spreading through out the world. Once somebody is bitten they can go Cold, it takes 48 hours to know for sure. After that you can turn into a vampire by feeding or restrain from feeding for 88 days and return to normal.
The main protagonist is Tana. She wakes up after a party and discovers that everyone is dead. Her ex-boyfriend in chained to a bed and a vampire is chained to a wall next to him. Even after this crazy wake up she saves them both when more vampires come. The only problem is that she was bitten in the progress. After that they get on the road to the next Coldtown.
Tana is a really strong character and has gone through more than most people her age. After she gets bitten she has to wait the 48 hours to know is she will go Cold. Even if that happens she has decided that she is not going to become a vampire. Her mother was bitten and went Cold. In her blood thirst state she attacked Tana and bit her. Losing her mother to vampirism and her father to depression, Tana has to take care of her little sister and her home. That responsibility has made a huge impact on how she deals with coming events.
There is one character, Gavriel (the vampire Tana saved at the party), who grew on me through out the story. Going from the tough, bad boy vampire to a caring and loving one. In the end of the book he stays with Tana in a cell while she goes through the 88 days of recovering from the Cold.
In the story there is a vampire celebrity, Lucien Moreau, who has his own TV show. You get to see him through Tana’s and her sister’s, Pearl’s, eyes. First he is the person who everybody wants to be or be friend to. But he evolves into a superficial and self observed vampire. This made me think of how we view real life TV celebrities. What part of their life do we see? How are they off camera?
The book is very well written. It is little bit slow at parts but there is a lot to take in. It’s a new take on vampire stories that everyone should give a chance.