Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
(September 3, 2013)
Sometimes having a great idea just isn’t enough… This book has an incredible premise, the idea that having vampires in a state of a disease similar to TB or smallpox; is awesome. It is definitely a step above the norm. But the story that is wrapped in this wonderful world is not as original. In fact, it is a rehash of so many different tropes and cliches that if the reader is a true fan of vampire fiction they can check them off like a shopping list. But what is worse, is that the major plot revolves around some of the old cliches in vampire fiction and horror fiction. I applaud this book for being a standalone vampire story that is set in this unique world and I certainly loved the ending. But the rest of the book is just so rote, that I could not get past it. Tana is a wonderful main character, but I think the author could have taken her farther. That is really the moral of this book. A great idea that could have been taken so much further and to such greater effect.