The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

February 19, 2015 Vampires, Young Adult Fiction 17

I Vant To Suck Your Blooooood, Bookworms!

I’m LYING. I do NOT want to do that. There are just so few vampire jokes out there, you know? Ah well. In case you hadn’t guessed it, today we’re talking vampires. Because why not? I’ve heard a lot about Holly Black and when I heard that The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was on sale for super cheap (thanks for the head’s up, Ethel!) I decided to give it a go. (It was a Kindle Daily Deal, I think. If you’re an Amazon shopper, sign up for those notices. Or don’t. Amazon gets a lot of my money that way…)

coldestgirlincoldtownIn The Coldest Girl in Coldtownvampires are totally a thing. When the vampires came out of the coffin, so to speak (stole that phrase from Charlaine Harris, clever minx) things went a little crazy. Holly Black added a new twist to the whole vampire thing, because when vamps went public, they neither integrated into society nor brought about an apocalypse. Instead, the vampires were quarantined into walled cities known as Coldtowns where they hang out and do vampire-y things like feed on goth child wannabes. As one does. Our heroine Tana wakes up the morning after a typical high school rager to find that she is one of two survivors of a vampire massacre. (Passing out in a bathtub is the way to go unnoticed, in case you’re curious.) Her ex boyfriend is on the verge of a full scale draining, but she also encounters a mysteriously chained up vampire. Because it’s ALWAYS a good idea to let the vampire out of captivity, she does. Then, she embarks on a road trip with her ex, a vampire, and a boatload of survivor’s guilt. Their destination? Coldtown. (DUN DUN DUN!)

I thought this book was a lot of fun. I mean, if you can’t handle the inherent silliness that comes with vampire lore, this probably isn’t for you. If you don’t mind a little bloodsucking, I think it’s a winner. I liked the take Black took on the traditional vampire trope and I LOVED the inclusion of LGBTQ characters. It’s YA, it’s about vampires, and it’s a good time. If you’re feeling it, pick up a copy of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and vamp it up!

And now for the all important question, Bookworms. Vampires or Zombies. In the battle of the undead, which is more awesome?

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17 Responses to “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black”

  1. Leah

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one! Sadly, I didn’t have the same experience. I read it a few years ago and, at the time, it was one of my most anticipated releases of 2013. I even took it on vacation with me! For me, the idea sounded fantastic, but its execution didn’t live up to my expectations (if that makes any sense).

    Coldtown was my intro to Holly Black and I had always heard great things about her novels! I’m not a huge YA reader and I don’t do much in the way of paranormal…so it kind of makes sense that this particular paranormal YA didn’t win me over! That said, I’m still curious about her novels – who knows, maybe this one was just a fluke and I’ll fall hard for her next one.

  2. Jancee

    I loved this one! Was recommended to me by a coworker because I had never read Holly Black. Read this, then went straight into Doll Bones. Her books are a lot of fun, with a hint of a creepy factor that just makes everything work.

    Also, totally vampires. Scary, intelligent, and have plenty of time to rack up tons of wealth.

  3. ThatAshGirl

    Glad you liked it! I really enjoyed it. It was different. Not your typical sappy romantic teen vampire book. And I thought it had it’s creepy moments. I also kinda loved the idea of Vampire colonies with a kinda Reality TV thing going on.

    I love Zombie books but if we’re talking real life I gotta go with the Vampires. Mostly because I think I’d totally be ok with being a Vampire compared to a rotting gross zombie.

    Btw…she’s got a new one called The Darkest Part of the Forest that I’ve added to my “To Read” list.

  4. Megan M.

    I’ve thought about reading this one a few times, but never pulled the proverbial trigger. Is it a series? I think vampire books are one of the instances where it being a series makes me want to read it more. Also, vampires are the clear winners because they still have agency and they usually have superpowers. Infinitely more awesome.

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