The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Black, Holly

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
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
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 24 cm


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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.

Feb 06, 2015
  • green_duck_89 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When I first got this book, I did not expect it to be about vampires, yet found that it was an amazing read. Unlike most other stereotypical stories of vampires, Holly Black shows this monster as it truly is in a great way. It had plenty of gore and blood for a bit of a horror book, with a balance of romance to top it off. I recommend it to anybody. Looking forward to a sequel!

Oct 24, 2014
  • saas3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nice read, had the right amount of "horror", and romance. I love the character's and the plot of the story. Really unique book!!

Oct 24, 2014
  • Danibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In Holly Black's world, everyone knows that vampires exist, but most of them are confined to walled prison cities called "Coldtowns." Coldtowns are social media circuses that have all the parties and hedonism of Las Vegas and the danger of a plague town. Tana wakes up after a "sundown party" at a farmhouse to find that a massacre has taken place, and that she, her ex-boyfriend, and a chained vampire are the only survivors -- except for the murderous vampires who are still resting in the house. Tana's response to the multiple crises leads to a tense, and thrilling journey into the biggest Coldtown in the United States. Tana is accessible and believable as a teenager.
Every character is given motivations and backstories, and in spite of the dark (and sometimes violent, gory) subject matter, the tone of Tana's inner voice has some black humour to it.
The world is also rounded out with characters of varying sexualities and gender identities rather than confining the story to only heteronormative relationships.

A particularly enjoyable addition to the vampire oeuvre, four out of five stars.

Oct 06, 2014

"After a night of partying, 17-year-old Tana wakes up to find all of her friends slaughtered by vampires… all except for her newly vamped ex-boyfriend, Aidan, and Gavriel, a mysterious vampire who saves her from Aidan's infectious bite. Tana is determined to travel with Aidan and Gavriel to Coldtown, a restricted zone for vampires and their human groupies. But even if she survives the trip, is she strong enough to resist Coldtown's deadly, seductive charms? With "rapid-fire dialogue, lavish details, and a wildly imagined world" (Booklist) in which monsters can be reality TV stars, Holly Black casts a uniquely chilling spell. If you're fascinated by the idea of vampirism as a disease, you might also like Scott Westerfeld's Peeps." Teen Scene October 2014 newsletter

Sep 15, 2014
  • BookWorm_0906 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.

Aug 13, 2014

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.

Jun 13, 2014

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

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Jan 18, 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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Sep 25, 2014
  • BookWorm_0906 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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