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Gr 9 Up–A dystopian thriller with a chilling twist. Tana, 17, passes out at a party and wakes up in a house filled with corpses. Her friends lie in crusted pools of blood as she searches through piles of belongings for her keys and boots. Her first thought is that someone must have left a window open. In Tana's world, vampire attacks happen. At the tender age of six, she witnessed her mother's transformation from a loving parent to a creature so desperate for blood it would lure and attack its own daughter. It is because of things like this that Coldtowns, quarantined cities where the infected go to live and die, exist. Along with Tana, the only other survivors of the party are Gavriel, a handsome and mysterious vampire, and Aidan, her newly infected ex. She decides to take them directly to Coldtown, but if crossing the barricades means staying there indefinitely, Tana's not sure she's ready to leave life as she knows it behind. Twilight fans will enjoy the drama, but its fan base need not be limited to those who read paranormal romance. Teens with a yen for dark, futuristic novels, and maybe even a few Anne Rice readers, will find this a refreshing take on vampire lit. As always, Black's writing is quick paced and thought-provoking. A must-have for any teen collection.–Jennifer Furuyama, Pendleton Public Library, ORα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
*Starred Review* What happens in Coldtown stays in Coldtown, because once anyone enters this Vegas-like prison for vampires and their infected human pets, there’s little chance of leaving it. After a fairly ordinary high-school party, Tana awakens to discover that she is surrounded by the corpses of her friends and classmates, who have all been drained of blood. While trying to leave, she finds her ex-boyfriend, Aidan, tied up but still alive, his eyes intense with the infection that will fully “turn” him if he receives the human blood he craves. Tana is saved from Aidan’s bite by a mysterious, red-eyed boy, Gavriel, who also materializes in the party’s gruesome aftermath. With hungry vampires scraping at the door, she escapes with both guys in tow to find a way to save them all: by somehow making it in—and out—of Coldtown. In this novel, inspired by her short story of the same name, Black returns with another dark, fast-paced thriller starring a sharp-witted, brave girl who does all the right things when faced with monsters. With rapid-fire dialogue, lavish details, and a wildly imagined world, this will enthrall Black’s fans from start to finish and leave them hoping for another bone-chilling, vicarious tour of Coldtown.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Vampires plus reality TV plus romance plus Holly Black (plus a multiplatform marketing campaign) equals a potential mega-bestseller that fans are already waiting for. Grades 9-12. --Candice MackSee all Editorial Reviews
I absolutely love the main character, Tana. She truly is the wild card. I love the idea of the Coldtowns and how this kind of vampire outing really would change the world. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Gabrielle Awe
Given as a book gift. I know, once again I cannot tell you whether or not, it's worthy of a purchase. The receiver liked the book, purchased over the summer. Read morePublished 7 days ago by DogBreath101
3 and a half out of 5 kisses.
I revelled in this book. It felt a little long in parts, but enjoyed the world and Tana (our protagonist) battling her way through an... Read more
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black is a book about vampires in the modern age. It is somewhat dystopian, but I feel it is more of an AU (alternate universe). Read morePublished 16 days ago by Lauren
It had a good story line but seemed to be dragged out and repetitive. Is there a Book 2 or does it just end not knowing if she stays in Coldtown or does she make it back home with... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Sarah
Let me begin by saying that this book exposed me to things that I usually stay away from. It's a stand-alone...and I run the other way from stand alone books. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Ana @ Owl Always Be Reading
As a vampire literature enthusiast, and a long time Holly Black fan, I was very excited to read this book. I was definitely not disappointed. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amanda R. Floyd
I love Holly Black's work, particularly her Curseworker's series, she is one of the most talented storytellers in YA, and this book did not disappoint. Read morePublished 23 days ago by seven
Very good book! Finished it in a day because I couldn't put it down! Definitely would reccoment!Published 24 days ago by Janet Villa