Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black


The Librarian M snagged this book at Book Expo America and called dibs on it. After her cat was finished with it, of course.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Release date:  September 3, 2013

Ideally, the vampires in charge like to keep their numbers down and their profiles low. Unfortunately for them, a few years ago one vampire went on a rampage and infected hundreds of people. Those new vampires went on to infect many more people, and before anyone could get it under control, vampires were everywhere. In the US they are kept locked away in “Coldtowns” where they throw endless parties, broadcast their fun out to the world via feeds, and inspire all sorts of entertainment like the TV show Hemlok: Vampire Bounty Hunter.

One night after high school graduation, Tana passes out at a party and wakes up the next morning to find her classmates and friends have been attacked by vampires. As she’s navigating the carnage, she stumbles upon her ex-boyfriend (now infected) and a chained-up vampire. She decides to save them both, but as she’s escaping, she feels the scrape of a vampire’s teeth and fears the worst: infection. She decides to take a road trip to the nearest Coldtown to sort everything out.

While the vampires in this book are mesmerizing and fascinating, they are not romantic heroes. Okay, one of them is kind of hot, but he would just as soon rip your throat out as say hello to you. The cast of characters is varied and intriguing—this is the rare book that I actually hope will be part of a series so I can read more about everyone.

If you like your monsters monstrous and your vampire plots pulpy and gory, this is the book for you to check out this Fall.

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