Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Christine Lakin (Narrator)
Audiobook, Duration: 12:06:57
Published September 3rd, 2013 by Hachette Audio
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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.

My thoughts…

I listened to this on audio and was pleasantly surprised, Coldest Girl in Coldtown is not only unique, it is an exciting story full of horror, blood, love, revenge and death. The story and the narration just drew me in from the beginning.

Tana Bach wakes up from a party and finds herself surrounded by the corpses of her friends. In one of the bedrooms, Tana finds a chained vampire, Gavriel, and her ex-boyfriend, Aidan, who has clearly been bitten. More vampires will be coming soon, Tana makes the decisions to try to save Gavriel and Aidan before they arrive. With the help of Aidan, they both get Gavriel wrapped, to protect from the sun and place him in the car trunk until sundown.

Tana is aware of what happens to humans when they are bitten and turn Cold. Tana’s mother was once bitten and suffered the same fate. Ever since a sudden outbreak of vampirism spread, vampires are kept quarantined in gated cities called Coldtown’s. Tana, Aidan and Gavriel make the discussion to go to the nearest Coldtown. Along the way they stop at a convenience store and meet a brother and sister, twin bloggers, who are also traveling to Coldtown to become vampires themselves. Which they plan to video and conduct interviews while there, then upload and become a huge sensation. Coldtowns are active online and the popularity gives a sensation of mystery and power, which makes people drawn to them, until they arrive and realize it wasn’t what they thought it would be.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of horror and creepy bloodthirsty vampires who are conniving and vengeful, a classic vampire.

Happy Reading -J


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