Author: Holly Black
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Summary from Goodreads: 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 was sucked into this story right away. Our main character, Tana, wakes up after a party surrounded by the corpses of her friends. I loved that the setting was Springfield, MA.
The world building was fabulous! I think we all know that vampire stories seemed to be the in thing for quite a while, and unfortunately many of those stories were repetitive and unoriginal. Holly Black's story is a breath of fresh air. She has created an interesting and unique take on vampires, with a believable human response, and she has developed an impressively authentic world.
I loved the characters. The two major characters were extremely well developed, while they are not perfect, they are likeable. Their back stories are amazingly detailed and are delivered at precisely the right moments. The supporting characters are also well developed and interesting. The villain is detestable.
The book moves at a good pace, there are quite a few unpredictable twists and turns that thicken the plot. There were a few places where the book was a bit overly descriptive for my taste, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment.
The only thing that truly bothered me was the ending. It was beautiful and perfect, but I am left with lack of completeness.