Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Released: August 12th, 2014
I originally saw this book sitting on the table at the library, and I needed something to read, so I decided this looked interesting enough. But trust me, this book not being interesting was something I never had to worry about. You’d imagine this to be your stereotypical-vampire-fantasy, although it’s luckily much more than that. It took me a couple of days to finish this novel, and I most certainly enjoyed it; I even think there is the total possibility of an amazing sequel, given the ending.
One morning Tana finds herself asleep in a bathtub, at a party, but the house seems to be unnervingly quiet. Little does she know, she will soon open the door to find nearly all her friends and classmates murdered by vampires. While she escapes from the house, she brings along a friend and a vampire named Gavriel, but then is bitten by a (different) vampire, so her only choice is to head towards Coldtown: the cage where all the vampires and infected are kept.
Those who live in Coldtown are isolated in there forever, because if you go in, you can never get out; with the exception of a rare marker of course. Tana gets ahold of one, so she enters Coldtown, knowing that if necessary, she can escape. She must stay in there for 89 days, in order to fight off the infection. When she does enter, she realizes that the glamorous Coldtown she saw on TV and had heard of, is completely fake; the place is truly a mixture of horror and misery. She must find some way to escape it, and bring her friends to safety as well. The only catch is that Gavriel may be more deadly than she realized, but there are even deadlier out there, that they must escape from, meanwhile figuring out each other’s true identities.
3 3/4 Flowers
Yes, we’ve all heard of books about people who get this disease that transforms them into a vampire, but have you heard of Coldtown? This book grabbed my attention nicely, and took about 4/5 days to finish. Not bad, but it wasn’t always an edge-of-your-seat-read, although I must admit that it did have its moments.
The setting was amazing of course, since the whole book is based around the idea of Coldtown: a prison for vampires and the infected. The main characters were pretty good, if you ask me! My only concern with this novel was probably all the characters though. I think it got just slightly confusing at times, because quite a few were introduced, but it wasn’t that bad. I’ll put this rating more straight forward: I enjoyed it, and I feel that it deserves to be more recognized, because I’d heard of Holly Black before of course, but in my prior experiance, I had known her as the author of The Iron Trials actually.