Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Author: Holly Black
Featured Monster: Vampire
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.
Review: Holly Black knows how to weave modern fairytales. In The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, vampires exist in modern day America and the media broadcasts videos from inside the walled cities where most of the vampires live. Also living in Coldtown are infected humans and humans who worship the vampires. To the world outside, these vampires are celebrities and the Coldtown seems like an endless party. The way that Black describes the society sounds eerily plausible, if vampires existed. Not a sparkly vampire in sight.
If you’re looking for something spooky to read, this book isn’t going to keep you up at night. Sure, it opens with the main character Tana waking up to find everyone at the party she was at slaughtered violently by vampires and plenty of gory descriptions of blood, but nothing too freaky. However, I did quite enjoy The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and recommend it to readers who enjoy urban fantasy novels.