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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black pays homage to the seminal vampire books of the 20th century while simultaneously sending up those lesser, “bandwagon” vampire series and standing readers’ expectations on their heads. Tana is a richly developed heroine we can all root for, whose good intentions but complicated motivations provide a series of surprises and twists to keep readers guessing. The more deeply she ventures into the heart of Coldtown, the more we shiver in anticipation of the dénouement: Will it end in revenge, romance, reunion, or possibly revolution? ~Emily
— From Staff Picks for the Holidays!
Forget Twilight, finally a vampire book you want to read! The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is Holly Black's hat tip to greats such as Anne Rice and Bram Stoker. It explores a world where humans and vampires collide. Following the “outing” of vampires when a rogue vampire travels the world “infecting” people, the United States government deals with it they only way they know how. Take all known vampires, infected people, and many innocents and barricade them in impenetrable prisons called Coldtowns. Coldtowns are open to anyone but once you enter you may never leave. When Tana wakes up in a bathtub at a house party, she discovers a bloody massacre of which the only survivors are her (infected) annoying ex boyfriend and a mysterious boy with a dangerous secret. Not knowing what to do Tana can only think of one option; go to Coldtown. Heart thumping action and unique characters with a sprinkling of humor and a whole lot of blood, Holly Black has done it again with The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.
— From Hannah's Picks
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.
An Amazon Best Teen Book of 2013
A TAYSHAS Top Ten Book of the Year
A NPR Great Read of 2013
A SLJ Best Book of the Year
A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
A YALSA Top Ten Amazing Audio Books
A Kirkus Best YA Books
"We've all read a million YA vampire stories at this point, but no one writes like Holly Black: Her worlds are funny and eerily vivid, and Coldtown-a rollicking and decadent ghetto-is one of my all-time favorite fantasy novel settings."
—Author of The Fault in Our Stars John Green, Metro New York
* "You may be ready to put a stake in vampire lit, but read this first: It's dark and dangerous, bloody and brilliant."
—Kirkus (starred review)
*"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."
—School Library Journal (starred review)
* "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."
—Booklist (starred review)
* "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."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Black's compelling prose, descriptive yet direct, conjures a modern gothic world populated by cruel immortals, desperate humans offering themselves as food, and a few hardscrabble survivors. Tana is a winning heroine, by turns staking killer vampires and giving herself over to Gavriel's deep, smoldering kisses."
—The Horn Book
"This is a solidly paced adventure studded with the occasional steamy encounter, so readers familiar with Black's mix of emotional depth and outstanding world-building will not be disappointed."