Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a vampire story.  I'll put that right out there.  However, don't just write it off as a Twilight knockoff or something of the like.  It is a completely original story...for the most part.  I would say I spotted traces of Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice in there, but only the faintest of ideas.

Tana is a pretty average high school student who goes to a high school party and wakes up in the bathroom the next afternoon.  She's not surprised, everything is as it should be..until she realizes that everyone else that was at that party is dead.  During the night, they were attacked by vampires and Tana is the only survivor..until she finds her ex-boyfriend, Aiden, and a vampire, Gavriel, both tied up separately in the bedroom...and Aiden has been bitten...and it's getting dark...and there are other vampires hiding in the basement waiting for that dark.

What follows is an exciting, tense story.  For me to got into all the details and explain the rules of this vampire world (because they all have different ones) would probably get boring and would take away from Holly Black's book.  She does an excellent job of weaving the story of Tana, Aiden and Gavriel with that of Tana's past, Gavriel's past and what happens to a person that is bitten by a vampire.  

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  I thought it was original and exciting.  Of course, I have some minor issues with some aspects of the plot and some of the characters, but overall it was a great read.  

You can find The Coldest Girl in Coldtown in the YA section of the library.  For more information on this book, check out: