I have been reading vampire novels for over a decade now starting with the classics and always eager to see what new ideas authors would bring to this old genre. After Twillight, which I liked in a guilty pleasure kind of way, I stopped though. It seemed as if every book I read after that was a spin on that series. Not Holly Black’s newest book.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown blows away all my cobwebs left over from Twillight and adds an incredible take on the vampire genre. Mrs. Black has thoroughly created and original story with characters that are creative and engaging. The action is fast paced, bloody and violent, and a page turner. Unfortunately, due to the graphic nature of the bloody violence I don’t feel comfortable bringing it into my classroom library. Yes, it is a vampire novel so there is bound to be blood, but there is A LOT of blood in this one. However, if a 5th grader came into my room reading it, I would be delighted knowing that parents think that they can handle an amazingly catchy story and creative plot.
Bottomline: One of the best vampire books I have read in years but incredibly bloody and violent, will not be found in my classroom library, unfortunately.
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