[463]: The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

GOODREADS SUMMARY | Little, Brown for Young Readers | Hardcover, 419 pages | September 3rd, 2013 | Young Adult | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

We all know vampire stories are a dime a dozen in both Adult and Young Adult genres. Nowadays, you’ll be hard pressed to find one that adheres in the vein of its forefather. Every single tale is a mutation of sorts; so much so that Vlad the Impaler had morphed into another creature altogether. The Coldest Girl in Cold Town must’ve caught me on a good day. Because for all its effort to stick to the original legend (somewhat), it had worked so much better than any other vampire metamorphosis that have become vastly popular in modern fiction. That’s not to say that Holly Black didn’t give it her own twist. Conversely, the combination of both old and the new made for a time-sucking read. And that’s a good thing.

A bloody hangover.

The sundown party that Tana attended was meant to usher in the end of the school year. But when she woke up in a bloodbath surrounded by corpses, the hangover will probably not go away even if she swallowed a bottle of Advil.  The only survivor of the massacre was her ex on the cusp of a change, and a chained ferocious vampire with ruby red eyes and a revenge years in the making. Knowing what was waiting for them outside the door of the room, Tana had to find a way to leave the farm house. With Aidan, her ex on the verge of becoming a vampire himself, she needed to get him to a place where vampirism is a way of life: Cold Town.

Take two aspirins, and call me in the morning.

In Cold Town, they might have a chance at surviving. And knowing that she could be infected herself, there really was no former life to get back to. Unless, she’s willing to let the virus ran its course – which would take 88 days of excruciating pain and thirst. She’s determined not to change so she could go back to her sister, Pearl and their  father, who was already traumatized for killing their newborn mother.  Sometimes, the best laid plans could be blown to smithereens, which is exactly what happens when they find out the identity of the vampire riding shotgun in the trunk of her car.

Remedy for my malady.

Who would’ve thunk it? I’ve been in such a horrendous stretch of funk with YA lately that I didn’t think I’d see the light of day. Who would’ve guessed that this vampire novel is just what I needed to jump start my YA mojo back to pubescent exuberance again? Sometimes, simplicity is good. And this is what I found in Holly Black’s vampire novel. The world was effortlessly imaginable, with an absorbing, suspenseful plot line, an a set of characters who are not too complex that you’d need to do an individual psych evaluation to get to know.

Tana is a character who’s got her head on straight despite the mess of her so-called life. She’s fearless, selfless, and with no concept of self preservation. Her refusal to change also what makes her more admirable. Her determination to remain human stems from the history of how she lost her mother. And while her fearlessness sometimes led her to some questionable choices, it didn’t make her any less valiant.

The romance was subtle, which is also a big plus for this book. Because if you’re on the verge of becoming a monster, that should be on the forefront of your mind and not how “the cold one” makes your dying heart tick. It was realistic, and it made sense.

In conclusion, Holly Black’s take on the vampire lore may not be avant garde, but it was exactly what I needed to get out of a funk.
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