The Coldest Girl in ColdtownBook - 2013
TEEN HORROR Black Holly 09/2013
From Library Staff
I needed a vampire book for Halloween and since I loved Black's The Cruel Prince, I gave this one a try. I LOVED IT! The Coldest Girl strips away the beauty and romance of vampires in literature and recreates them for a new generation--still beautiful and romantic. but with more of a post-apoca... Read More »
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.
JCLJoshN Jun 05, 2014
Holly Black doesn't just walk the line between loving tribute to vampire stories and smart deconstruction of vampire stories, she dances along the line in beautiful pirouettes. She's created a world where vampires are out and proud, where the media portrays them as both terrifying monsters and gl... Read More »
JCLChrisK May 01, 2014
Once upon a time long ago, in the days of my youth, I read some Anne Rice and a few other vampire "classics" and had a creepy good time, finding the creatures fascinating. In more recent memory, though, I've come to find vampires overdone, cliched, and tiresome, and generally avoid the ... Read More »
JCLStefanieE Feb 08, 2014
I absolutely delighted in listening to this vampire gore-fest. The audiobook's narrator is fabulous combined with some demonic tones during the more thrilling situations that Tana — an ordinary teen thrown into extraordinary circumstances — faces in an alternate world where vampires are simultane... Read More »
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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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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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