Why did I wait so long to finally read this?? I admit, I bought this release day. I let it sit inside my kindle unread for three months. Mostly it was because I'm getting a bit tired of the same old vampire stories that seem to bleed together until I can't quite remember what book was what. Well, that was not the case with The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.
This actually reminded me a bit of The Walking Dead. One bite is enough to infect someone. Oh, they won't die right away, they'll manage a blood massacre trying to sate their thirst. Holly Black does an amazing job of plotting and weaving her story. No short cuts or loose ends dangling because she can't figure out how to play out different parts. Instead, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was a flawless read. Darn near magical, with betrayal, fear, and lies all thick in the air to trip up our heroine.
Tana was everything in a character that I love. She's not whiny, dramatic, sniveling, weak or annoying. Instead, she does what she needs to do. Most of it is not for fame or glory, but because those she cares about are in danger. Even those that she cares for but don't care for themselves. Tana was strong, even if she had to fake it.
I heard about all the hype long before this released and before I read it. The vampire story was different. New twist. Every time I hear that I think yeah, right
. But really, it was different. More gothic in image than brooding hero. Of course, there were those that worshipped vampires. I imagined groups forming and getting together like those from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Disillusioned youth with the idea that vampires are all romantic and glamorous. What they don't mention in the Coldtown live feeds is that life in a coldtown isn't all its cracked up to be. Becoming a citizen just may be your ticket to an early death.
Loved it, just loved it. This is definitely reread worthy. Such an entertaining story that enthralls, just like a vampire's kiss.