Review by Dana
*Dana received this book for review as an e-copy from Netgalley
September 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Amazon + Good Reads
"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 am a huge fan of vampire books, movies, and TV shows. There is nothing more alluring than vampires but the vampire genre has been played out a bit. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown brings together the best parts of the vampire genre it has both horror and romanticism. Holly Black's vampires are down right scary and I can't be more happy about this.
Holly Black is able to set up this whole world in which becoming a vampire is an infection and those who are diseased or infected get quarantined. I loved that there was a history to the vampires as well as a distinct way in which people got turned and get past being turned. I was also a fan of how she included narrations from different characters. The story is in the third person but mainly follows the lead character Tana. But often there would be scenes following other characters which really broke up the story nicely. I also enjoyed the scenes from Tana's past with her mother who was turned. It really brought this story full circle for Tana.
Tana is one of the best female main characters I have read in quite some time. She is bad ass and knows how to kill a vampire when she needs to but she is also very human. She isn't some mindless robot. Seriously this story kicks off because she is trying to save her stupid ex-boyfriend who got himself bitten. Their relationship was horrible but she has this desire to help everyone even a chained up vampire named Gavriel.
Gavriel had this cloud of mystery surrounding him for the entirety of this book. A lot of his back story confused the hell of me but he was an interesting character. Gavriel and Tana have this crazy relationship throughout this story. For the most part it tends to be lust but by the end they begin to fall in love. I think the great thing is that this book has so much going on that for those who don't enjoy romance will love this book. The romance takes a back burner to Tana trying to survive.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is an epic survival novel and is a book you will get addicted to. This book will have you sucked in and you will want to read in one sitting. This book is unique in a genre that has been overdone. If you're looking for an action packed adventure with a kick ass main character this is the book for you!
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