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I 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.
Looking for a spooky read to get you in the haunting mood? Check out some of these books in the teen section!
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Ashes by Ilsa Bick
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Rotters by Daniel Kraus
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Need something to read while you are waiting in line for the Midnight showing of Breaking Dawn pt. 1? Check out Bloodlines by Richelle Mead! Judging by this book trailer it looks very stormy and romantic and awesome.
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 Adam Rex!
Author: Adam Rex
Books: Fat Vampire, The True Meaning of Smekday and some sweet picture books.
TWO OF MY FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT ADAM REX:
Favorite Youtube Video featuring Adam:
Check out this previous Book Trailer Thursday for another hilarious Fat Vampire vid.
Favorite quote from Adam’s “Letter to my Younger Self:”
…Do you know that feeling you get now when you’re just out on the street, minding your own business, and some anonymous critic shouts “nerd” from a moving car? Or something disparaging about your outfit? Now imagine that’s the only outfit you own. You have to wear it all the time, like one of the Castaways. You’re Ginger, and you’re only strolling on the beach, hurting no one, wearing that dress that says “U.S.S. Minnow” across the bust which you obviously made yourself, and in fact the only things you even have to wear are the Minnow dress and the “Happy Birthday Mister President” dress, and then a bottle washes up on shore, and there’s a message inside, and KittyKat93 from Tulsa, Oklahoma says “Nice outfit, Ginger lol.”
That’s the internet.
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 Ellen Schreiber!
Author: Ellen Schreiber
Books: Comedy Girl; the Vampire Kisses series: Vampire Kisses, Kissing Coffins, Vampireville, Dance With a Vampire, The Coffin Club, Royal Blood, and Love Bites; and the graphic novel series: Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives
Vampire Kisses Website: http://www.harperteen.com/contests/vampirekisses/
Here are some ideas on WHAT TO DO this summer:
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE WAITING TO READ VAMPIRE KISSES 7: LOVE BITES:
Start reading it online at Harper Teen!!!
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE READ ALL OF THE VAMPIRE KISSES AND VAMPIRE KISSES: BLOOD RELATIVES BOOKS LIKE FIVE TIMES AND YOU REALLY NEED SOME MORE KISSING VAMPIRES:
Watch the rock opera I Kissed a Vampire! starring Lucas Grabeel! Here is webisode One:
WHAT TO DO IF YOU REALLY REALLY WANT TO MEET ELLEN SCHREIBER AND HAVE YOUR OWN YAUTHOR STALKING EXPERIENCE:
Go visit Ellen and lots of other awesome authors in Naperville, IL when the SUPERNATURAL SUMMER TOUR stops at Anderson’s Bookshop on June 5th! ACK! not much time not much time! Make your roadtrip plans NOWWWwwwwww
Remember to come to our Eclipse Party on June 28th @ 5:30 at the Main Library–more info will be coming soon!!!
To celebrate, why don’t you head on over to HarperTeen and pimp your coffin?! Here is the one I made: