The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
At seventeen, Tana’s world is different from our’s to say the least. Instead of reading books about vampires, they have whole walled cities called Coldtowns where vampires can live legally, bound only by their imaginations. One of them even live-streams his nightly parties at his spacious estate where human volunteers await selection by seductive vampires. This unique take on the vampire genre will tantalize readers and hook them in for the whole roller coaster ride of a book. In the thriller’s first chapter, Tana wakes up in a bathtub, stiff and disoriented. Slowly she realizes that the last thing she remembers is being at a party in the house the previous evening. Now, when she stealthily creeps out of the bathroom, she realizes she is the last human standing and begins a harrowing journey to save her ex-boyfriend Aidan who she finds tied down to the bed as a morning snack for the sleeping vampire boy on the floor. Vampire attacks aren’t common anymore, but Tana realizes quickly that that is what’s happened here and the rest of her friends from the party are dead and drained laying throughout the house. Desperate to save Aidan from “going cold” and becoming a vampire like her own mother did when she was only six, Tana strikes a deal with the vampire named Gavriel: They will go to the nearest Coldtown and try to save Aidan. The biggest problem might be that although what “happens in Coldtown stays in Coldtown,” leaving is almost impossible.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It it fast-paced with completely interesting and unique main characters. Black’s writing makes this book hard to set down, and I know our students will be fighting over it. I recommend it to vampire and horror fan, but also to anyone looking for an engrossing title with something new to offer. I could also see fans of Holly Black’s other supernatural books and Cassandra Clare readers loving this title.