I think I’ve mentioned before that I often go through phases in reading. For a few months it’s all YA all the time. Then maybe some zombies. On to some romances. You get the idea. Well, at the moment I’m on vampires. And I have to say that The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is one of the best vampire novels I have ever read. EVER.
I found Holly Black in My True Love Gave to Me, a Christmas themed YA anthology of short stories. What drew me to Holly’s story, The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer, is that it was completely different from the other stories. It was raw and real, despite having a supernatural premise. And, oh my. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown lives up to the amazingness of that short story.
There are many types of vampire books. Of course there’s Dracula (which I really don’t like at all), the Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice (for which I have mixed feelings, but they were some of my mom’s favorite books), the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward, and (of course) the notorious YA series contributions such as the House of Night, Vampire Academy, and Twilight series. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wonderful blend of all of these vampire books.
What makes The Coldest Girl in Coldtown so amazing? Well, Tana is no lightweight, swooning young woman. She’s super badass and always does what needs to be done. She’s a true survivor, but she’s still caring and eminently likeable. Gavriel is a very refreshing take on a vampire. He is a vampire. That is who he is. And he’s completely unapologetic about it. He doesn’t try to be anything other than himself. And I love how he doesn’t try to change to be more appealing to Tana, despite how much he cares about her. I actually think if he had Tana wouldn’t want him so much.
In addition to the fabulous characters, the writing is wonderful. The best part about it? Two words: third person. A YA vampire novel in the third person that allows a thorough telling of the story?! Gasp! OMG, I loved it so much. Oh, and the story. Exciting, scary, complex.
OK, I’m going to stop now. I’m waxing squealing fangirl. But I think you get my point.