I have a complicated relationship with vampire books. A lot of us do, I think. I, like many other women in their early twenties, have read The Twilight Saga. Those books were not great, but they were catchy enough to stick into my head. I have had an interest in trying other vampire books in the past, but many of them have disappointed me because of their unrealistic approach to the science of vampires.
Fast-forward to 2019/2020 and me finding and loving Holly Black’s books. I began shopping on BookOutlet and knew that if I saw any of Holly Black’s books on sale there, I should grab them. And I did! I found and ordered The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.
Now, I want to say that I didn’t quite clue in that this book was about vampires until last month (March) just before I read the book. When I found out, I got so excited–I knew I had to read it as soon as possible. Without further ado, I’ll give a short blurb about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.
A new generation of vampires has taken over the world because one of the oldest vampires spreading the virus across the world. The chaos of this new and deadly virus has caused walled cities called Coldtowns to keep the infected people inside of the walls. Our protagonist, Tana, must travel to a Coldtown to deliver someone close to her to the confines of the city, while the fate of her mother year before haunts her thoughts.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown had a great level of tension to keep me enthralled. It was terrifying and suspenseful throughout the events of the plot, but still made me smile during the last pages. It helped that I read it in about two days.
I highly recommend this book to fans of Holly Black’s other works, Twilight, and other vampire literature. I believe this novel deserves a place beside them, and it’s so much better than the other stories about vampires. It was realistic in its science, while still acting like a terrifying plague that could easily take over humanity via contracting the illness or being killed by a vampire. I enjoyed the narration of the story by Tana as well, as she had an insight into the virus as many others did not.
I’m afraid that I don’t want to go further and risk spoilers, but I hope that this review has made it clear how exceptional this book was. I recommend checking it out if any of this sounded interesting to you. Thank you for tuning in to today’s review of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black.
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