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.
In Black's exquisitely imagined contribution to vampire lore, the creatures have shaken off centuries of clandestine existence and gone public, turning thousands into bloodsuckers like themselves. In an attempt to control their spread, the U.S. government has restricted vampires to ghettolike Coldtowns, where a glamorous, high-octane culture has developed, broadcasting its debauched parties to the world and creating a subculture of humans who fetishize eternal life and long to be turned themselves. Seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up after a wild night of partying to discover that almost everyone in attendance has been killed by vampires, "dried blood crusted on their clothing like rust... dotting their skin like freckles." Wandering through the carnage, she finds her infected ex-boyfriend, Aiden, and a mysterious, half-mad vampire named Gavriel chained in a bedroom. Escaping the massacre, Tana drives them to the nearest Coldtown, knowing that if she enters, a quick death might be the best outcome. Replete with grisly violence, an intriguingly complex take on the mechanics of vampirism, and well-developed and memorable characters, this superior, dread-soaked tale will satisfy vampire addicts of all ages. Ages 15 up.
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This book had me from page one, with the suspense and action rising. I felt as if the book was glued to my hands and I couldn’t set it down. Tanya is an amazing well developed character, who not only saves the day and surprises herself even with that act of heroism, but she ends up falling in love. The scarifies and thrills of this page turner keep the pace up. This is definitely a book to recommend. I absolutely loved it.
A good read that knows its own flaws.
This book, though not for those who like hardcore action, is gipping like a steel vise. Once this book takes hold you will be lucky to even put it down. The characters are well fleshed out and have compelling naratives. The are even aware of their own character flaws, which is rare in such a book. The characters know when a disition is crazy or even stupid, yet their own conscience are keeping them to what is right. This story even is able to correctly get what it’s like to experience true unfiltered panic. Those are my thoughts on this book and I hope that they are helpful.
Starts off slow but becomes memorable after all.