WARNING: This book is bloody, bloody stuff, not for the feint of heart or those folks under the age of 13.
Tana is a normal teenage gal; she’s got guy problems and some well, family issues….. However, she also has some stuff going on that, well, maybe isn’t so typical.
Stuff like… oh… supernatural undead folks that were infected by a crazy romantic vampire when Tana was six. Most of the vampires were contained in Coldtowns, located all over the United States… but not all of them.
In the first pages of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, Tana is doing normal teenage stuff (partying and drinking) and we find her in the bathroom passed out (okay, not EVERY teenage girl HAS to get drunk, but, you get the idea). When she finally comes to, she decides to venture out of the bathroom and into the kitchen to get a drink of water. She passes through the hall and into the kitchen which adjoins the living room. Nobody stirs, and she assumes everyone is passed out from too much alcohol.
She gets a glass of water then goes to see who is awake. That’s when she realizes that the girl she thought was asleep on the chair has her eyes open and ragged puncture wounds on her neck. She finds the same with the rest of the party. All of the people her age that she has ever known are dead.
Like most teenagers faced with a crisis she decides to take the high road. She hustles into the bedroom to retrieve her coat and car keys and to get her tukus out of there before the vampires come back, but when she goes into the bedroom she finds two figures tied up, alive! The first is her ex-boyfriend Aiden, who when he is released tries to bite Tana due to a Vampire infection, the other being she finds is an already turned vampire named Gavriel.
Tana is then faced with a decision, to kill Gavriel and leave Aiden for the vamps or drive to Coldtown, where all of the Vampires are contained, to drop off Gavriel and Aiden. Tana can’t bring herself to kill this vampire (he IS kinda’ cute) and so decides on the latter option.
Tana must then drive across the country to the nearest Coldtown, a very dangerous drive with a bloodthirsty infected teen and a vampire that is addicted to blood.
What’s a girl to do?
WOWWWW!!!! I loved how Tana changed and developed throughout the story. The book was really bloody and I can see it being popular among the Twilight Saga fans. There are no werewolves in this book, or marriages or baby having (like Twilight) but it has several unexpected turns, and Tana’s snarky sense of humor and her confidence grows as the story progresses. I don’t generally love bloody books, or books with death and violence, but this one’s plot drew me in and kept me turning the pages. Definitely not a book for bedtime or dark rooms or those of us frightened by things that go bump in the night, but maybe, a good Halloween read for those of the PG-13 crowd.
Because they said so (what your parents would say:) Really bloody and violent and with some nightmare inducing stuff. Some sexy-ish parts and drinking and lots of vampire fights and vampire staking’s. I wouldn’t recommend this to the weak-hearted or anyone under 13…