Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 3rd 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Christine Lakin
Length: 12 hours 9 minutes
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Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.
I listened to this book on audio and I loved it! It was one of those audiobooks that I enjoyed listening to so much that I always chose to listen to it over reading it physically. I thought the narrator was fantastic and she really brought the main character, Tana, to life for me. There is a chance I wouldn’t have enjoyed the book as much as if I read it physically only – but there is no way to know for sure! If you enjoy audiobooks, I definitely recommend listening to this one. The audiobook also has snippets of creepy sounding music in between chapters, which makes it a great book to read around Halloween time.
I have a lot of love for vampire books. It all started with my love of Twilight back in my early twenties. I especially love variations of the mythology surrounding vampires (and any other paranormal creatures or mythical beasts really – The Wolves of Mercy Falls series is another example of this!). The mythology around the vampires in this book was my favorite part of the book. The vampires in this book reminded a mix between Anne Rice vampires and the vampires from True Blood. They remind me of Anne Rice vampires in their ruthless nature and aloof personalities. I loved how viscious and violent the vampires in this book were. At times it felt like I was reading a horror novel. In this book the vampires are out in the open and are romanticized by some humans, similar to the vampires in True Blood. I loved the explanation behind vampirism in this book. If being a vampire truly was some sort of disease or virus, I think it is very realistic to think that humans would try to quarantine them.
The Characters and Plot
The story definitely hits the ground running with Tana waking up to find herself the only survivor after night of partying that ended in a vampire attack. I thought this book was so fast paced and I couldn’t stop listening to it! I loved Tana as the protagonist. She was so smart, down to earth, and also resourceful too! I really connected with her and her thoughts and emotions felt so real to me. She wasn’t one of those heroines who’s fearless. She definitely felt fear at times when I would be scared too – and I loved that. Tana has a strong bond with her younger sister and I really appreciated and connected with that as well. I enjoyed the romance story arc and found the love interest very intriguing. A lot of the characters in this book, including Tana, were flawed and made bad decisions and this added to the realness of the characters.
This book really surprised me with how much I enjoyed it! I loved the fresh take on the vampire mythology and I found Tana to be a refreshing protagonist. The audiobook is fantastic and the narrator really brought the story and characters to life for me. I think this would make a great October read, with all the blood (and creepy music in the audiobook). If you’re looking for a good vampire story with a twist to the mythology, I definitely recommend this one.