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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Unlike a lot of YA vampire books (Twilight, Vampire Academy, Vampire Diaries), the vampires in The Coldest Girl in Coldtown are scary. They kill people and don’t care. And unlike many vampire books, there is some originality in this book. Vampirism is treated like a disease–people are quarantined and it takes 88 days for the infection to pass, if you don’t want to become one of the undead. I also found the main character, Tana, refreshing as a heroine. Oftentimes in YA lit the main character is an awfully wise teen, who makes good decisions for the most part. Tana is no such creature. She makes terrible choices about her well being due to emotional stress, attachments, or not thinking things through. And while I didn’t agree with many of the choices she makes, I did understand why she made them. The final choice at the end of the novel, regarding romance, made me want to stand up and clap. But I won’t spoil anything. The tone of this novel is very reminiscent of Interview with the Vampire (minus the purple prose)–or at least I was reminded of that book. However, the are some annoying qualities, such as the quotes on death at the beginning of every chapter and the weird pacing. But overall a solid YA novel.

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