The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a 2013 standalone novel by Holly Black, The young adult novel features vampires, romance, action, and a new type of reality entertainment.[1]


Vampires were hidden, hunting in secret, when one newly turned vampire, Caspar, decided not to kill his victims. Vampire bites infect the bitten, and they turn Cold. Once they turn Cold, a person can become a vampire by drinking human blood. Caspar's victims turned around and created legions of new vampires before the governments around the world knew what was happening. Once the government started policing vampires and people who are Cold, they started sending them to Coldtowns so they could not infect or kill innocent people. The Coldtowns attracted many people, who were drawn in by the perceived glamor of vampires. Once in Coldtown, it was nearly impossible to leave a Coldtown.

At the beginning of the story, Tana wakes up in a bathtub after a wild high school party. When she walks out, she sees all of her classmates have been slaughtered by vampires, with the exception of Aidan, who has been bitten and tied to a bed. Next to him is a shackled vampire. Below them, in the basement, the vampires are awaking to come back up and kill Aidan. Tana saves both Aidan and Gavriel, the tied up vampire, but in her escape, one of the vampires nicks her leg with his fang. Afraid that she will get Cold, she takes Gavriel, Aidan, and herself to the nearest Coldtown. On the way, they pick up Midnight and Winter, twins who are obsessed with going to Coldtown and becoming vampires. Midnight is more enthused than her twin brother, and she has a popular blog that chronicles her obsession with vampires.

Once in Coldtown, Tana realizes that Gavriel is the Thorn of Istra, and she realizes he is there to kill Lucien. They share a passionate kiss before he disappears for the morning light. Midnight and Winter turn on Aidan and Tana. They want Aidan to turn, and they leave Tana with him to sate his new hunger. However, Tana escapes, and Aidan kills another girl who set them up. Tana gets help by Jameson and Valentina, two humans in Coldtown. She goes to Lucien's famous party with Valentina to get back her pass to the outside (which Aidan had stolen). Midnight has turned into a vampire, after killing her twin brother, and she attacks Tana, who officially becomes infected with the Cold. Gavriel is at the party but appears to make a truce with Lucien, and they decide to kill the head vampire, the Spider. Valentina is captured and put into the dungeon, and Tana kills a vampire to save her. She drinks the vampire blood before being caught and put back into her room. She learns Lucien is going to turn on Gavriel and that her little sister, Pearl, has come to Coldtown to find her. She helps Valentina escape with Jameson's mom (who is one of the vampires who works for Lucien). Jameson, his mom, and Valentina promise to help find Pearl to keep her safe. Tana goes back into the mansion to kill Lucien and save Gavriel. She fails in her attempt, but then realizes that Gavriel is the Spider. He reveals this fact to Lucien, who gets scared. Then, Tana kills Lucien after he attacks her.

At the end of the story, Aidan saves Pearl, who is given the pass out of Coldtown by Tana. Jameson finds a place where Tana can hole up to wait out the Cold. Gavriel comes down to be with her and tells her that he loves her. He promises to stay with Tana while she gets better.