Friday, October 17, 2014

2014 book 244

Holly Black's The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Hey, look at me, reading a YA vampire book. This has gotten pretty good reviews, and was billed as "one of those books for people sick of reading YA vampire books" (though I thought it was pretty typical of the genre, myself--hot troubled vampire boys, etc). Anyway, it's a world where vampires are public, and are ravenous monsters but goth teens want to be vampires anyway, and the main character is at a party and everyone ends up dead but her and her ex-boyfriend, who's been bitten and is thus infected, plus there's a vampire hanging out there randomly, so they all have to go to Coldtown, which is like a vampire quarantine zone. What a run-on sentence THAT was. The writing is generally solid, though occasional POV switches were awkward (related side note: Fables writer Bill Willingham is a minor character for some reason). Black keeps things moving pretty well, and the characters and plot twists are interesting enough. I dunno, B/B+?

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