The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

After Twilight, I thought I could not tolerate any other ‘vampires-are-so-pretty-and-i-love-them-to-death’ kind of books. (You get the death reference? 😉 ) But this one turned out to be so much more. Dark, bloodthirsty and real. It can’t get any better. But it does.

Tana is a normal teenage girl who went to a normal teenage party. Or that’s what they all thought. One night turned her whole life upside down. She’d heard about vampires —everybody had. YouTube, Twitter and Facebook were all loaded with videos and broadcasts showcasing the majestic ‘city’ of Coldtown. Reality shows showed the life of vampires living inside Coldtown’s mansions. But reality shows are not what they seem.

I loved Gavriel from the start. That vampire was shown to be crazy, a little out of control and mysterious but I liked him way better than the sweet little veggie Edward. Gavriel seemed more real. There was something about him that made you feel like he wasn’t evil.

Another great thing about this book was the way it switched between stories. You got the present and the past. You could know the present, Tana’s backstory, Gavriel’s backstory and also what was happening with the minor characters. It should have been confusing but it was seamless.

This book really captured the real mythology and it became a mixture of light-dark fantasy without letting go of its main plot. Though I did not love the ending as much, I have to say it was very nicely put together. Most books should rightfully end with a tragedy but the authors wrap it all up in a ball of sunshine to make the readers more content with the material. That is what I liked best about ‘The Coldest Girl in Coldtown’—it ended the way it should end and not with the happy-endings-are-a-must way.

Traveling with a vampire and a about-to-be vampire is no one’s dream. But what happens when you are stuck with it?

Favourite Quote— “I love you, you see…and I fear I have no way to say or show it that isn’t terrible, except coming here. I would kill everyone in the world for you, if you wanted…….Or not obviously”



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