The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Book - 2013
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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
0316213101
Characteristics: 419 pages ;,24 cm

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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.

PinesandPrejudice 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.

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Ixxor
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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harrywillow
May 01, 2017

Love this book!
It is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LoganLib_Sophie Sep 11, 2016

I am normally not into vampire books, though I love Holly Black as an author so I gave it ago. Putting a very modern spin on a vampire novel, it is an excellent read. Recommended for those even a little skeptical of vampire fiction.

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SashaE
Aug 17, 2016

I couldn't read this book, It was borderline confusing with bad charater plot. I didn't like it, And vampires? Really?
I couldn't finish, I ended up skipping to the last 3 chapters.
It wasn't good.

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staue
Jan 26, 2016

I've honestly read MUCH better books and I didn't find anything about this book original. The main character was a little too much to swallow (some of her decisions were plain old stupid). I got mid-way through the book before I realized that this book was not intriguing me ... It's just not that amazing

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nvuk958
Oct 31, 2015

A great vampire book. I recommend it to anyone

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palaminopony
Sep 20, 2015

“The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” follows Tana, a teenage girl who wakes up the day after a party to discover that almost everyone else in the house has been slaughtered. The only other people left alive aren’t alive at all – they’re vampires. Numb and disoriented, with more vampires descending on the house as the sun starts to set, Tana and the other two vampire partygoers flee the house, and begin to travel to the nearest Coldtown (a city roped off for vampires to live in). Along the way, the group picks up two siblings who also want to live in the Coldtown, and Tana begins to realize that she may be infected with the vampire virus. However, when the group finally arrives in the inner walls of Coldtown, they begin to realize that their lives are going to become very, very difficult.

“The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” is alright. It isn’t the best, but it isn’t exactly the worst either. The plot is unevenly written, with some parts being very slow and dull and others being fast and interesting. As a whole though, the plot is not engaging, and is relatively uninteresting. The concept is very good, but the execution is poor. The characters are strangely unlikeable and flatly written, and the twists associated with them are predictable and mediocre. The setting is truly the best part of “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”, and creates the mood of fear and desperation present throughout the story.

Overall, the author of this review does recommend “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”, though it is not the best book. It has a very interesting concept and a lot of potential, but it sadly falls short. There is some symbolism and deeper meanings in this novel, but probably not enough to make it a good choice as an essay or ‘book talk’ novel. Due to some mature content, the author of this review believes “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” to be suitable for ages fourteen and up.

PimaLib_MiraD Feb 26, 2015

Vampires in government quarantine, on reality TV, calling to people with a death wish. Tana didn't want to be one of them. But after a party turned massacre, she finds herself on the run with a vampire, and friend who's gone Cold with the vampire virus. She may yet go Cold herself. It's going to be a long night.

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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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BookWorm_0906
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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