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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Book - 2013 | First edition
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When seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316213103
Call Number: y BLACK 2013
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 24 cm


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When seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.

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Dec 14, 2020

My favorite vampire book, I really liked the story and the characters

Love this book, I highly recommend it for vampire and action readers. Although I wish she would make a sequel of this book.

An old vampy novel that I'd like to revisit soon, this one was atmospheric and fun.

Mar 28, 2020

Tana lives in a world where for the last decade, the rapid spread of vampirism has led to the erection of Coldtowns, quarantined ghettos for vampires and infected "cold" humans, in cities across the country. When Tana wakes up after an ordinary party to find all the other guests dead except for her ex-boyfriend Aiden and a stranger, a vampire named Gavriel chained up in the guest bedroom, she knows what she has to do. Uncertain if she is infected herself or not, the trio heads to the nearest Coldtown, where Tana is determined to save herself and her friends.

Holly Black has a talent for precise language, exquisite description, and characters that leap off the page, and this book is no exception. She's also really good at making her nonhuman characters both relatable and very inhuman. There was a bit much gore for my taste, but the writing was phenomenally beautiful.

Dec 04, 2019

Probably my favorite vampire book that I've read. Definitely recommend this one on audio.

Jan 12, 2019

A great new take on the vampire genre and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Jan 01, 2019

This book was alright, a bit of a wild rollercoaster with a lot of action and things happening all the time. However, I think I've been spoiled recently on some other books I've been reading and just had a very difficult time being able to connect with the characters and emotionally engage in this story.
BUT! For a vampire based book, this one wasn't bad. I'd maybe rate it just slightly under Julie Kagawa's series 'The Blood of Eden' but it was still fairly good!

claralex800 Nov 10, 2017

I've just finished reading this book for the second time and it is now officially my favourite vampire book. The vampires are monsters, but not so monstrous that they aren't people too. They belong in that twisted Wonderland that everyone writes about and I love it.

Sep 03, 2017

This book left me disappointed. I LOVE Holly Black. I think is is queen of YA fantasy and her writing is exquisite. That remained the same within this book. The world building was fantastic and her word choice, sentence structure and descriptions were up to par with all of her other books. She remains queen and gets to keep her title, as far as I'm concerned, despite the fat that I didn't like this book.

My biggest struggle was with the characters. I connected with none of them. Tana especially. I couldn't understand her decision making to save my life. In general, I have a hard time with stupid characters, one's that defy common sense and make weird choices for no good reason. Tana did that, several times throughout the book. Additionally, I just felt like everyone was a jerk. And not even a likable jerk. It was a story of villains but because Tana was the "redeemable one" the only one to save a vampire's life, she was supposed to be "the hero". But even her, I couldn't get back some of her nonsensical decisions. Some might argue that Tana was in a desperate situation and wasn't thinking clearly, but Tana could have saved herself a lot of trouble if she had just waited the x amount of hours after to check if she was infected before going into cold town. Hole up in her car -- I don't know! She should have never stepped foot in there and then everything could have been avoided. It wasn't believable enough for me.

All in all, I love Black's worlds and this one was no different. It was well constructed, integrated the supernatural and modern day so well, I'm envious of it. She builds wonderful urban fantasies but this one, ultimately, fell short for me due to the characters. Tana, Aiden, Midnight, Gaveriel none of them did it for me. So I didn't care. So the rest fell flat.

Aug 22, 2017

This was a well written vampire novel which I recommend to anyone. My one nit pick is that I found the romantic build up to be a little rushed and weak. Overall however it was an enjoyable read and show cased the darker sides of life with vampires.

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LibraryK8 Dec 06, 2013

After years of living in the shadows, being glorified as sparkly lovers and dangerous enemies and on TV, vampires have revealed themselves to humans. After a nasty outbreak of vampirism, thanks to a misplaced act of mercy, the world cannot ignore the lore. Infected cities are walled off from the public, called Coldtowns, these places are exquisite prisons for vampires. Humans, enthralled with the beauty and horror of vampires flock to the Coldtowns to offer their sweet red blood for the chance of being turned. An entire industry has sprung up around the Coldtowns. The elaborate masquerades of vampires are broadcast on reality TV. Vampire Hunters have shows as they chase the stalk the creatures. Blogs are created as envious teens dream of becoming immortal. Tana is not one of those teens. She knows all to well the threat presented by vampires. Her mother was bitten when she was a child. As she became Cold, all her mother needed was the taste of human blood to completely turn. Tana's father tried to save his wife by locking her in the basement in the hopes that the illness would run it's course and she would recover. But as the days grew longer her thirst for blood grew as she called out to her daughter. Tana, thinking she could help her mother opened the basement door...but instead of her mother there was a blood-thirsty monster downstairs. Tana survived, but she still remembers the feeling of her mother's teeth on her skin and the way her father beheaded her with a shovel.... Years later, Tana awakens in a farmhouse after a rough night of partying. As she stumbles around looking for a bite to eat she notices that the other hungover party-goers are not passed out...but dead. Drained of blood, Tana realizes that a vampire must have infiltrated the party. Trying to get out of the house as fast as possible she looks for her car keys only to find them near her ex-boyfriend Aiden (who has been bitten and chained to a bed) and a mysterious vampire, Gavriel. After a quick escape from a group of vampires looking to kill Gavriel and finish off Aiden, Tana decides her best option is to take the two to the nearest Coldtown. Getting into a Coldtown, it is getting out that is the hard part. Are Aiden and the suspiciously crazy Gavriel worth the risk?


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Sep 25, 2014

She closed her eyes and asked the one question she'd been afraid to ask all this long while. "And if I never change back? If I'm not human enough anymore?"

He smiled; she could feel it against her skin. "Then we'll go hunt vampires together and you'll drink their blood."

"The Lady or the Tiger," she said, thinking of the drinking game she'd played at the farmhouse, thinking of the story that never ended, of a coin spinning on without falling on heads or tails.

"My lady, the tiger," he told her and got up to turn the camera back on.


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