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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

November 22, 2013

coldestgirlI thought I was totally over vampire books, but then Holly Black had to come along and write the awesome The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.  The existence of vampires is not a secret; they are talked about on social networks and livestreams of their fabulous parties are THE THING to watch at night.  People feel safe because most vampires have been trapped in quarrantine zones called Coldtowns.  But there are still rogue vampires out there lurking in the night, and when a human is bitten by one they go “Cold”, starting to crave the taste of human blood that will then turn them into a vampire.

The story starts when seventeen-year-old Tana, who has been out partying with friends all night and passed out in a bathtub, wakes up to find that everyone at the party has been brutally murdered by a pack of vampires.  The scene is gruesome, and Tana is quick to discover that only one other person is still alive: her ex-boyfriend Aidan, who has been bitten by one of the vampires.  Tana rescues him and decides that the only way to save him is to head for the nearest Coldtown, hoping that the humans there can keep Aidan from turning and that the bounty she’ll earn for the weakened vampire she caught will earn her a way out.

In a time when vampire books are nearly inescapable, I though The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was unique and exciting.  I love Tana and the fact that despite her near-paralyzing fear she’s the one rescuing the boy instead of being some kind of damsel in distress.  Of course a little romance gets thrown into the mix, but it doesn’t take over the story at all and it plays out in a way that feels realistic.  If you’re looking for a different take on vampires and don’t mind some gore (that first chapter, yikes), I highly recommend picking this one up.

YAuthor Stalking Tuesday: Holly Black

May 18, 2010

So where can you find all that YAuthor information? RIGHT HERE because it’s YAuthor Stalking Tuesday! Learn about your favorite authors, have a chat with them and then share your YAuthor adventures. This week is Ms. Super-author-who-has-released-both-the-Poison-Eaters-and-White-Cat-this-year aka Holly Black!

Author Holly BlackAuthor: Holly Black
Books: The White Cat (Curse Workers Book 1), The Poison Eaters, Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, The Good Neighbors, Ironside, Valiant, Tithe and more.

Holly Black
6 University Drive
Suite 206
PMB #119
Amherst, MA 01002

Holly’s Suggested Reading List:

I love love love when author’s create artifacts from their own fictional worlds! And of course, when I say artifact, I am refering to the Norwegian Industrial Metal Band named Artifact. Actually not really, but I wish, right?! Anyways check out this cool subway poster Holly created for her new Curse Workers series:
Curse Workers poster by Holly Black
Have you ever created anything to make your favorite book feel real? I’m not gonna lie–I always carry a wand around in my purse just in case I get whisked away to Hogwarts…

AND BONUS: be sure to check out the review: A Librarian Reads White Cat on the Bettendorf Public Library teen blog!

Have you met Holly Black? Do you have a YAuthor Adventure to share? Email Amber and we might post it on a YAuthor Stalking Tuesday!