The Compulsive Reader: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The party was supposed to be harmless fun, but when Tana wakes up hungover the next morning, she is horrified to discover everyone has been a victim of a vampire attack and her ex-boyfriend Aiden is on the verge of transforming into a vampire. Unable to return home, Tana and Aiden head to only place they can now live—the nearest Coldtown. Their companion is the vampire Gavriel, who has his own agenda, but doesn’t seem interested in harming them…yet.

With expressive details and creative characterizations, Black builds a world in which vampirism is rampant, technology is essential to delivering all of the gory and glamorous details of Coldtown, and a teenage girl finds herself with an impossible choice. Black expertly moves back and forth between present action, past memories, and alternative points of view to portray a deadly, high-stakes world where choices can have fatal and eternal consequences. Tana is a strong protagonist, and her outlook on life with vampires is both honest and darkly humorous. She is unflinchingly strong and clever, but merciful—a characteristic that saves her life. Dark, twisting, and eerily realistic, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a vampire novel unlike any other on the YA market.

Cover Comments: I love the font the title is written in--absolutely excellent! And I do like the simplicity of this cover--the hand is eerie in a way, and I love the dark blue. Excellent.

Digital galley provided by publisher.


LinWash said...

I went to the bookstore looking for this. When does this debut?

The Compulsive Reader said...

It's supposed to be out today!

Anonymous said...

Ooh --I've only read her Coldest Girl in Coldtown short story. I've got to read this!