Friday, 21 February 2014

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black - Book Review

4/5 Stars

Edition: Paperback
Pages: 419
Chapters: 39
Publisher: Indigo

Book Links: Goodreads
                      Author's Website


It's nice to finally take a break from long series or trilogies and read a book where the story is told all in one. Something bugs me throughout this book though. I love Holly Black's almost hypnotic and poetic way of writing, but the length of the book started to give me a headache. I guess good things are bad for you after a while.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown follows Tana Bach, a 17-year-old who wakes up after a party to find that almost all her friends have been killed in a vampire attack. It's then events unfold that teams her up with her infected ex-boyfriend and a mad vampire, as they all set off for Coldtown.
See, vampires ten years before were still fiction in the eyes of humans, it wasn't until a vampire started leaving his victims alive that they came to light. When a vampire bites a human, he/she infects them, making them hunger for human blood, and if they give in, they, themselves, become vampires. With a vampire infecting countless humans and them turning, going on to infect dozens more, the government has an outbreak on their hands, and to fix that, they quarantine the areas where the outbreaks occur, effectively making the Coldtowns.
Soon, the places become reality television hotspots, filled with vampires, the infected, and people hoping to become one then the other.

I really, really love this story. It doesn't break the mould for vampire stories drastically, but it is an interesting spin on it. It's an intricate story of dismal hope and revenge, a question of whether vampirism makes people monsters, or if it just unleashes what's already inside us. It's an interesting vampire adventure that's reminiscent of True Blood, and for any vampire lover, a must read.

The characters took me a long time to love. At first they confused the hell out of me, their actions seemingly prone to contradict one another. Tana most of all, because she fights so much to survive, but runs head first into serious danger 9/10 times. Surprisingly though, after finishing the novel, I love her. I can only look back at it and think fondly on it, coming to respect and understand the characters a little bit better.

As I said with the writing, it's enthralling and unique, a reason in itself to read the book. Although sometimes it can feel on the too much side, you get used to it, and it's a refreshing way of travelling through a world. For lovers of the genre this novel is a must read, for others, it might be a sort of hit or miss. Some will love it, and others will hate it.

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