The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
by Holly Black
* * * * Stars (Great!)
Tana wakes up in a bathtub with the curtain drawn the morning after attending a Sundown party with all of her friends. The house is eerily quiet, and the bloody massacre downstairs – the aftermath of a vampire attack – soon explains why. In shock, Tana knows she has to get out, but she can barely think straight. When she goes to retrieve her phone and purse from an upstairs bedroom, she discovers her ex-boyfriend Aidan chained to a bed – infected with the vampire virus (but not a vampire yet), imprisoned with one of the creatures of the night, also chained. She rescues them both and they set off for the nearest Coldtown (vampire ghetto) – Springfield, Mass. Along the way they pick up 2 hitchhikers – Midnight and Winter, also headed to Coldtown, who promise to use their connections to get them settled in. Everyone has their own agenda, however, which alters Tana’s future and, thus, her future plans. She never imagined she’d have feelings for a vampire (Gavriel), and she never planned on getting bitten.
This was an enjoyable, modern-day vampire tale. Fast-paced, chilling, with a touch of romance and a strong female lead. Gore alert – Holly Black doesn’t hold back the blood spatters (and probably shouldn’t) where vampires are involved!
Reviewed by YA Librarian