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Friday, March 21, 2014

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Reviewed By: S.F.
When Tana wakes up in a bathtub after a party, she worries that there will be embarrassing pictures on Facebook of her dancing on a table or something. Instead, she walks into the living room to find that everyone at the party is dead except her ex, who has been chained to a bed and bitten by a vampire. So, she decides to free him and a captive vampire chained next to him in the hope of getting both of them to the nearest Coldtown, where they can be quarantined. Along the way, Tana and company encounter pernicious goth/vamp-apologist bloggers, disturbing questions about their vamp companion, and the reality show vampires who dominate the Coldtown feeds. When the fight gets personal, Tana must decide how far to go to keep her loved ones safe and prevent them from going Cold.
Why I Picked it Up: I heard a positive review on a book review podcast and said, "Shiny! Let's try this out."
Why I Finished It: I couldn't put it down. The exposition was flawless and the world-building realistic: if the US actually had a vampire epidemic, this is probably how they'd handle it. I loved Tana, I loved her relationships with her friends and possible enemies, and I wanted to know what would happen next.
I’d Give this Book To: People who like fast-paced action stories. Fans of The Hunger Games, anyone who likes vampire stories, and anyone who's totally sick of vampire stories.

**Librarian Side Note** After reading this review, I can't wait to pick this book up!

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