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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown [Paperback]

Holly Black
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6 Feb 2014

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. It's an eternal party, shown on TV 24 hours a day - gorgeous, glamorous, deadly! Because, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave...

A wholly original story of rage and revenge, love and loathing from bestselling author, Holly Black. Fans of TRUE BLOOD will love this dark and sexy tale.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Indigo (6 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178062171X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780621715
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Holly Black spent her early years in a decaying Victorian mansion where her mother fed her a steady diet of ghost stories and faerie tales. An avid collector of rare folklore volumes and spooky dolls, she lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband, Theo. For more information, visit

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Replete with grisly violence, an intriguingly complex take on the mechanics of vampirism, and well-developed and memorable characters, this superior, dread-soaked tale will satisfy vampire addicts of all ages. (PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY)

Exciting, violent, sexy, Tana is a wonderful creation, sarcastic, intensely loyal and yet very sensitive. This is the fastest paced vampire thriller you'll ever read. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown will be a sensational bestseller. (Sam Hawksmoor HACKWRITERS.COM)

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Coldtown is dangerous. A prison for the damned and those who party with them. The stunning new YA novel from the bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles. TRUE BLOOD for teens!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I should start by saying that I love books about vampires. Always have - when I was a kid I fell in love with fantasy, S&F and the mystical & magical. If I saw anything about vampires, I tried to read it! Unfortunately now the genre has been marred by the countless poorly written clones of the "Twilight" series, so it takes much longer browsing to find a worthy book.

I am totally amazed at this one! The moment I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I was reading it at home until late at night, and couldn't wait to get back from work to continue. I think I read it in 3 days, only stopping when I had to eat and sleep! I can absolutely say I LOVE IT.

It tells of a world in which Tana, the main character, lives - a world in which humans close and bar the doors and windows at night, so that they are safe from the infected Cold Ones - vampires - roaming the outside. Tana is a pretty wild teenager going through a turbulent relationship with her on-and-off boyfriend Aidan and dealing with her own painful past, until a fateful night when she goes to a party and wakes up next day in a house full of the dead bodies of all her friends... except Aidan, chained to a bed, and a mysterious young man chained next to him. An unlocked window makes it clear that Cold Ones have got in, but when she hears them whispering through the door and trying to get in, and she realizes the young man is a Cold One himself, she has to make a decision on whose life to save. And so begins an unexpected whirlwind of events which will change her life completely.

The book has a series of unexpected twists and turns and I'd hate to give anything away, as I got so much pleasure out of reading this book waiting with bated breath to see what happens next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The grimy side to vampires 18 Oct 2013
By Curiosity Killed The Bookworm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Holly Black's vision of a world with vampires in the public eye is full of interesting elements. The spread of vampirism was a mistake and it's treated as a disease with quarantines in special Coldtowns. Going cold is treated in a way similar to junkies and withdrawals; it's not in any way glamorised, despite the TV shows broadcast from the Coldtowns which draw in groupies whose lives will be forever changed. Those going cold are almost zombie like.

Each chapter has a wonderful quote on the subject of death. I thought they were well chosen and added something to the book. In places, the video blogging culture reminded me a little of Mira Grant's Feed. I always appreciate modern life creeping into fantasy books in this way. Of course people would be blogging about vampires if they existed and chasing them across the country in the quest for content.

I did feel too much time was spent on Aidan and Tana's relationship at the start. He seemed like a vehicle to get her to a Coldtown rather than an integral character and I would have preferred more time given over to the rest of the back story; the culture around the vampires, how they came to be public and Gavriel's past were all fascinating. I loved Gavriel; there's something appealing about a deranged vamp when so many are depicted as sophisticated or charming. Although I suppose you can be deranged and sophisticated!

So it's a bit slow to start but the second half had me gripped right up to the end. Tana's choices are brave and the ending was perfect for me. It's not often I think that (and I don't know if this is a standalone or a series). I would like to read more but I am satisfied where it ended up.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampires With Bite 17 Oct 2013
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In a world where a single vampire bite is enough to infect an ordinary human, anyone suspected of the infection is swiftly sent to live with the vampires in Coldtowns.

Tana lives close to Springfield, Massachusetts, the first and biggest Coldtown in the US. It's a place where the Eternal Ball and live feeds from Lucien Moreau's mansion have made internet superstars of the undead. And though there's plenty of people who want to live in Coldtown - and are willing to barter blood for immortality - Tana isn't one of them.

But when events for Tana inside Coldtown's walls, all she wants is to get out again. Except no one leaves Coldtown - alive or undead.

At last Holly Black has written a vampire book! This excellent author of dark YA fiction is highly qualified to take on the undead, and this is where she proves it. Tana is a misfit heroine - half rebel, half responsible - but there's nothing obviously special about her, except she's brave and loyal, and refuses to give up, even on those who deserve it.

The story starts in a dark, gory way - and it doesn't much change. If you're squeamish, or prefer your vampires to be charming and toothless, this is not for you. Gothic, dark and intense, Tana's troubles transfixed me from the first chapter, and didn't let go until long after I'd finished.

Then there's Gavriel - beautiful, brooding and insane - or the charming, too easily led Aidan, with the twins Midnight and Winter representing those signing up for a lot more than they understand. As always, Black's characters are intriguing and unusual, their reactions painfully human at times and always interesting.

Gory and gruesome at times, with moments of whimsy and even a touch of romance, these are vampires without any gloss, surrounding a strong, capable heroine who just wants to go home. Holly Black is a master at what she does. I wonder if there will be any more from Coldtown... I hope so.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough Heroine, Troubled Anti-Hero and a Great Take on Vampirism
I loved this, even though it is yet another vampire book. The heroine is not a Mary-Sue, the anti-hero is convincingly troubled rather than dashing and brooding, and the plot... Read more
Published 20 days ago by T. M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book.
So this is the first Holly Black book I've had the pleasure of reading and it was probably the best book I could have started with of hers. Read more
Published 27 days ago by StacieSnape
3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't quite feel it...
Despite owning a copy of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black for a very long time, I didn't read this book until very recently. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michelle Cardozo
5.0 out of 5 stars TCGIC
IT WAS AMAZING!!! I'm not usually into romance books, but this one was incredible. It had enough romance, action and plot twists to easily be my favourite book!!
Published 2 months ago by ellen treacy mcgee
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope there's a book 2
I incredibly enjoyed this book and I was glad that gavlier some typical arrogant vampire, and that the heroine wasn't portrayed as the typical annoying lead that depends on the the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by lena
4.0 out of 5 stars Who said paranormal was dead?
You know when you go to a concert and the band leaves the stage because its “over” but the crowd knows that there will be an encore, so everyone starts chanting “WE WANT MORE, WE... Read more
Published 4 months ago by annoushkadomynique
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising read. Excellent
Not my usual read at all, but was a great book, fast moving and you really get to know the characters. Thrilling read you won't be disappointed.
Published 4 months ago by Debbie B
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I have loved all of hollys books, but I think this is my favourite, didn't want it to end. I would have preferred it to have a bit of a longer story, but was still a fantastic... Read more
Published 5 months ago by stacez168
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable but same plot as Tithe
Enjoyable enough but the plot structure was largely the same as Tithe - specifically in Gavriel paralleling Roiben. Read more
Published 6 months ago by luciente
5.0 out of 5 stars YA fiction with teeth!
This is the best vampire novel I've read in a decade, reminding me of Poppy Z. Brite's 'Lost Souls' mixed with Mira Grant's 'Feed', and for all that remaining completely original. Read more
Published 6 months ago by vanitas
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