“The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” by Holly Black is the best vampire book I have ever read. Even if you think you are tired of this genre, pick up this book. It will blow you away.
“One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret.”
While reading “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” I constantly felt like I was a vampire myself. I was not breathing, sometimes for full chapters, because of what was happening and how things were described. My mouth constantly stood open in amazement, and I had to close the book in between chapters, just so I could take a breath. I’m not sure what it is exactly, Holly Black’s writing style, the story, the particular scenes, or everything combined, but my heart was racing for a better part of the book, I absolutely love when a book gets me like that.
It’s not just the plot, or not just the vampires that will capture you, drag you into Coldtown and not let you go. The whole universe Holly Black created seems so real, that it might as well be happening in America right now. If vampires were discovered in our world, in our time, the US would definitely come up with plans to lock them away, and make profit out of putting cameras on them and turning them into reality shows. In the book, vampires are idolized everywhere, videos on YouToube, gifs on Tumblr, blogs and vlogs from fans of the “cult”. It’s all scary, because it’s so real, so believable.
Then there are the characters. And this part is just weird. Because I didn’t like the main character Tana, couldn’t really put myself into her shoes, yet she still got to me. Her feelings, her past, her little sister, her “love”, it all got to me. The complete opposite goes for the other characters, Jameson and Gavriel, Tana’s best friend (I just forgot her name), he little sister, the girl from the pawn shop… all these people we hardly learned anything about, that hardly appeared for more than a few lines every other chapter, I deeply care about and wished there was more to read, more information about any of them.
This is probably the first stand-alone book that I wish was a series. Not because I want to know what happens next (even though the ending leaves many questions unanswered), but just because I want to know more about everyone’s past. I can’t remember every begging for the past to come up in a second book, instead of a “what happens next/after”.
It’s not one of those usual vampire books, it’s everything you wouldn’t expect when you buy it. So go get “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” and be (pleasantly) surprised.