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Preview: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

If you thought you could never read another book about vampires, think again—Holly Black's The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a totally gripping, deeply twisted, and overall awesome read. With her superb storytelling, Black brings to life a haunting world of Coldtowns and infection, where the grit is just as read as the glamour. This is a massive book, but it's one that I didn't want to put down and one I was sad to see end. It's a horror show and a thrill ride and a good reminder of why vampire stories, when done as well as done here, are so good.

Rating: 5.0

Review copy from BEA

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