- Publisher: Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's)
- Format: Paperback | 432 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 216mm x 33mm | 468g
- Publication date: 5 September 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1780621299
- ISBN 13: 9781780621296
- Sales rank: 48,741
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. It's an eternal party, shown on TV 24 hours a day - gorgeous, glamorous, deadly! Because, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave...A wholly original story of rage and revenge, love and loathing from bestselling author, Holly Black. Fans of True Blood will love this dark and sexy tale.
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Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for children and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles and the Curse Workers series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. She currently lives in New England with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret door. Visit Holly's website at http://www.blackholly.com, read her blog at http://blackholly.livejournal.com, follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/hollyblack and Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/hollyblack and like her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HollyBlackFan.
By Brenna Staats 28 Jan 2014
The vampire trend in YA books seems to be dying down, but I'm still interested in reading books that have a creative twist on an old favourite. The synopsis for Holly Black's new release initially drew me in, particularly because of the Coldtowns introduced in the book.
Unfortunately, I didn't quite get the creepy, intriguing book I desired and was left feeling a bit disappointed with the story.
Reason to Read:
1. Coldtown is a great setting:
The Coldtowns are a main focus of the story, and easily the most fascinating aspect. There's so much mystery and eccentricity stemming from Coldtown; I couldn't help but want to know more about the place and I was eagerly awaiting the characters' arrival in Coldtown. I also thought that was a great approach to take in a story where vampires are real and the world is trying to learn how to handle that reality.
The beginning of the book had me hooked very quickly, but unfortunately that just didn't last. The pace slowed down considerably early on, and I found it dragged on for a while. Much of the story seemed to revolve around Tana's internal thoughts and feelings about the events taking place around her. As a result, she didn't seem grounded in the story at all.
On top of that, I couldn't connect with any of the characters in the slightest. I was indifferent towards them, at best. They never really grew on me, as much as I wanted to be invested in their lives. Their personalities weren't consistent, and the ending didn't feel like a natural result of characters' decisions but simply because the plot demanded it.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is well-written, but I found it difficult to be excited about the story or care about the characters.
Review copy received from HBG Canada for review; no other compensation was received.
Replete with grisly violence, an intriguingly complex take on the mechanics of vampirism, and well-developed and memorable characters, this superior, dread-soaked tale will satisfy vampire addicts of all ages. PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY Exciting, violent, sexy, Tana is a wonderful creation, sarcastic, intensely loyal and yet very sensitive. This is the fastest paced vampire thriller you'll ever read. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown will be a sensational bestseller. -- Sam Hawksmoor HACKWRITERS.COM Holly Black's vision of a culture that could support Coldtowns is elaborately plotted and eerily plausible... an imaginative and creepy read. SFX Best-selling Holly Black launches a chilling new contemporary fantasy series as gripping as her Spiderwick Chronicles. In Tana's future-set world, vampires abound. In the walled cities - Coldtowns - infected blood suckers and humans live in deadly dangerous proximity never knowing exactly when the one will turn on the other. They are partying against all odds on one thrilling rollercoaster where the cost of a mistake is sky high. After waking up at a party and finding she is one of only three survivors, Tana heads to Coldtown with her companions for the adventure of her life - or death! -- Julia Eccleshare LOVEREADING In all, it was a gripping, unpredictable book, that let you explore a new exiting and somewhat dangerous world; what more could you want? Now all I want is a sequel! -- Izzy Read, age 12 LOVEREADING The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a gorgeously gothic novel from acclaimed author Holly Black. A world of beautiful but deadly vampires awaits inside- but who dares to enter Coldtown? -- Emer O'Brien, age 16 LOVEREADING This is a fast-paced, original vampire thriller, with plenty of action to quench your thirst...the snappy, sophisticated style of narrative was smooth and enjoyable. -- Georgina R, age 15 LOVEREADING Black has created a world which is chillingly believable. THE BOOKBAG I've loved everything Holly Black has ever written, but I really do think she has stepped it up a notch with this book. If you haven't guessed already, I loved The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, which is surprising because it's overflowing with vampires, a fantasy breed I now usually roll my eyes with boredom at. Yet there was definitely no eye rolling at these vampires - Holly Black has stripped them of their goody two shoes Twilight enhanced image and laid bare the nastiest, most vicious vampires that have not seen the light of day since Anne Rice brought us An Interview With A Vampire. SERENDIPITY REVIEWS With a host of characters inside the Coldtown with their own politics, agendas and relationships it is an astute story set in a world of damaged perceptions: teenagers desperate to be vampires and the Coldtowns streamed as glamorous reality TV. Tana is a believable teenager, and whilst Gavriel is the love interest here, Tana recognises him as unstable and possibly insane - vampires are never presented as safe. Tana's final decisions will surprise readers in a satisfying way. A successfully thrilling and original teen vampire book. BOOKS FOR KEEPS This book made me feel all sorts of emotions it was fantastic. I think its descriptive and effective. Holly has created word images so vivid that it is almost like watching a movie. She takes you for a romp through Coldtown and find yourself in a action packed suspenseful event with the evil Vampires that had my heart facing and had me excited from beginning to end. DARK READERS I'd recommend The Coldest Girl in Coldtown to all vampire fantasy fans who are now trying to find a good book about them, which is paints them in their true picture as dangerous, mad creatures. ESCAPISM INTO BOOKS For a long time now, I've felt that Holly Black's immense talent has been underrated by readers, so I'm hoping this book will push her into the number one fantasy spot she so rightly deserves. I've loved everything Holly Black has ever written, but I really do think she has stepped it up a notch with this book. If you haven't guessed already, I loved The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, which is surprising because it's overflowing with vampires, a fantasy breed I now usually roll my eyes with boredom at. Yet there was definitely no eye rolling at these vampires - Holly Black has stripped them of their goody two shoes Twilight enhanced image and laid bare the nastiest, most vicious vampires that have not seen the light of day since Anne Rice brought us An Interview With A Vampire. SERENDIPITY REVIEWS Missing that hit of Vampire action? Well, voila! HEAT A mind-blowing story of rage and revenge, love and loathing. THE SUN Delightfully dark and gorgeously gothic, it is certain to enchant fans of all things chilling and supernatural. BOOKTRUST
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800x600 Coldtown was dangerous, Tana knew. A glamorous cage. A prison for the damned and anyone who wanted to party with them. www.blackholly.com www.orionbooks.co.uk ISBN 978 1 78062 129 6 £8.99
800x600 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. It's an eternal party, shown on TV twenty-four hours a day - gorgeous, glamorous, deadly! The problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave . . .