An Audio Novel by Holly Black
Sometimes a book genre is run into the ground before it fades away, only to be picked up in some new form of fashion. This has taken place since the first vampire movie, Mumau , which appeared in 1921. Today's review is about a girl, Tana and how she became The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Novel by Holly Black.
After waking up and finding herself practically in a graveyard, Tana is on the run. Vampirism has returned with a vengeance, turning cities into state and government coldtowns. Inside these coldtowns are the infected and full-fledged vampires. The only place Tana has to run is the nearest coldtown. With her is her ex-boyfriend who's also infected and the Thorn of Istra. A wanted vampire.
The journey the three of them embark takes more than blood. It takes life. Betrayed and constantly badgered, Tana has desisions to make, and the bulk of them are really, really stupid. She says so about a million times! Set in the center of a fued that's hundreds of years older than she, Tana has a choice to make. And she does... stupidly.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was an okay read for me. It wasn't one of those that threw me into a panic to race out and grab the next book. I believe there's a movie as well, but I probably won't see it till HBO or streaming. Not that the book was bad, it was just okay. I think I've run through my desire for vampire books. They're all romanticized- to the point of all being sorta the same.
Now The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was slightly different, becasue the vampires decide to come out of hiding, like with #TrueBlood, but instead of wanting to live normal lives, these vampires have romanced the idea enough to place streaming cameras inside the coldtowns, so young girls and guys actually want to become. Many change and love it. Others are so upset at the reality, they step into the sun and burn. I liked that, but the relationship between Tana and Gavriel was boring to me. I wasn't thrilled, I didn't really care about them and Tana kept doing stupid stuff. Trusting - way too trusting! I just wasn't phased by the story.
If I know many vamp-fans, I'm sure they'll think I'm crazy. The only way to know is to read it and find out. So go out and see if The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is for you. I'm moving on to the next read. Cheers!
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, book 1
Written by Holly Black
Narrated by Christine Lakin
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Running Time: 12 hrs 6 mins
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