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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Black, Holly (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
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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.
Authors: Black, Holly
Title: The coldest girl in Coldtown
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: 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.
Local Note: 1 2 5 6
ISBN: 9780316213103
0316213101
Statement of Responsibility: by Holly Black
Subject Headings: Vampires Juvenile fiction. Love stories. Vampires Fiction. Love Fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Vampires
Love stories.
Vampires
Love
LCCN: 2012043790
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Sep 15, 2014
  • NMKCLS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I personally loved this book. Couldn't put it down till i was finished with it. Love Tana's character and Gabriel as well. Everything about this book is just awesome!!!. Read it. I promise you won't regret it!

Sep 07, 2014
  • FindingJane rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The protagonist of Ms. Black’s vampire novel is nearly impossible to sympathize with or even like. When she wakes up groggy and disoriented in a bathtub after a wild night of carousing, your first notion is to brand her another drunken teenaged wastrel. She considers herself lucky not to have had words written on her face. I consider her lucky not to have been gang-raped in her sleep.

But matters swiftly go from bad to worse. Confronted with corpses in almost every room and a hungry, insane vampire, she proceeds to make one bad decision after another. She brands herself as being stupid and you can’t help but agree with her.

She struggles against nearly insurmountable odds, helped for the most part by people who are inexplicably kind and helpful. If not for a sheer amount of dumb luck (helped along with some of the bad decisions she’s made), she should never have survived the first chapter.

Ms. Black’s novel is therefore one of haphazard chances and improbable mishaps. The plotline gets more twisted and insane the further you read and there’s more gore than in a Clive Barker novel. However, in spite of the heroine’s ineptitude and the sheer tangled befuddlement that passes for a plot, this novel pulls you in slowly but surely. It teases the reader with the universal revulsion/fascination that we feel for otherworldly, unhuman creatures, with the vampire heading the top of the list.

The vampire is a concept that is found in almost every culture (and one character explains why this is so, an explanation that rings true for its sheer common sense—a lone pearl amidst the chaos) and here Ms. Black plumbs its messy, bloody appeal for all its worth. So if you do read this novel, don’t do it for Tana and her foolish love/hate affair with a vampire. Do it because you can’t get enough of the creatures of the night.

Tana is a seventeen-year-old girl living in post-vampiric America. In this world, walled cities called Coldtowns exist to keep quarantined monsters and humans away from the public. One day, Tana suddenly wakes up from the aftermath of a party to find herself surrounded by corpses. Accompanied by old and new friends, both human and immortal, she sets off on a journey to Coldtown, with no idea what she will find. This book is a gripping story of vampires, humans, love, loss, and adventure.

Aug 06, 2014
  • generalchan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great, Great, Great! I'd really love to read a Sequel.

NYPL Staff Pick
Waking up hung over in a bathtub to find all of her friends sucked dry, everyone except her ex- boyfriend, bitten but not dead, and a captivating vampire chained up and in need of help. Tana has to get the blood hungry duo across the state in her dated CrownVic to a Coldtown, a walled city built to contain vampires, before the two turn on her, or the murderous group of vampires find them all.
- Jaqueline Woolcott

Jun 05, 2014
  • JCLJoshN rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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 glamorous, gorgeous eternal beings of mystery. She uses this setting to give us characters who are gritty and complicated, beautiful and powerful, monstrous and brutal. And she gives us a terrific heroine, Tana, who is smart, scrappy, brave, loyal, trusting, confused, terrified, and vulnerable. She's forced to make difficult choices, trust untrustworthy people, risk her life and the lives of people she loves, and face her deepest, darkest fears. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is clever, tense, touching, witty, gruesome, heartbreaking, and inspiring.

Jun 04, 2014
  • JCLElainaF rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Don't let the cover or title fool you, this is definitely worth the read. If you have read anything vampire, werewolf, fairy or anything paranormal or supernatural, this it the book for you. never read any of Holly Black's books before, but I will be making a note to in the future. The story makes you believe and more or less, put yourself into the shoes of Tana. She gives a great perspective of when you give in to the fight or flight instinct, and a truly believable story of a 17 year old that realizes every decision she makes could be her last. Told from the current time and flashbacks to her past, the story unfolds fantastically and keeps you spellbound until the end.

Jun 03, 2014
  • Aislenn rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book was worth the read. I have liked previous Holly Black books and this was no different. It definitely started out very unique. Good premise, story telling and characters. Unfortunately it started to fall short for me the further in I got. The beginning of this novel was far stronger than the end.

May 18, 2014
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow. This could easily become a love letter to Holly Black, so I'll try to keep it concise and on-point.

This book revolves around protagonist Tana, who is so realistic of a character that I couldn't help but relate to her. She makes mistakes. She trusts too easily, but not naively. She is stubborn, and she keeps going and fighting and trying, even when (especially when) she doesn't have the plan entirely worked out. She doesn't try to save everyone. She doesn't run headlong into danger. She doesn't consider herself a badass. She's just a normal teenage girl with a dodgy home life, a traumatic past, and a serious ability to be fueled by hope.

The world Black has created is contemporary, with the 'what if' of vampires (vampirism seen as a disease, with some similarities in development to HIV, but the allure is as real in the books as it is in Twilight fangirls today). It felt utterly real, from the interaction between adults and teens (and knowing as a reader that the way Tana perceives the adults she interacts with is colored by her youth) to the power struggles between desperate teen refugees.

And not to give too much away, but GAVRIEL.
*ahem*
I loved everything about this novel, from the writing style to the characters, the plot twists (which I did not see coming!) to the horror scenes (which were horrifying, without being nauseatingly explicit).

Read it. Seriously, just read it.
If you like Holly Black (who is now on my short list of absolute favorite authors), YA, vampires, gothic, supernatural, contemporary, coming-of-age, female protagonists, diversity (hell yeah!), romance, danger, and/or good storytelling, you'll like this one.

May 01, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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 genre. This, though, came highly recommended and is by an author I enjoy, so I decided to give vampires another try for at least one book.

The verdict? A well-deserved four stars waffling toward five. I was drawn in, cared about the characters, and read excitedly to the end. Black has done excellent world-building and tells a complex, nuanced story. One of the plot twists even had me emailing a friend who'd read it, since I was that involved in my reaction. This one's a winner.

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Jan 18, 2014
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jan 10, 2014
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Dec 06, 2013
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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