I swear I will totally get on top of these monthly book updates, but until that day, here are my April books! I read 12 books in April! Doll Bones by Holly Black, Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley, Ebooks and the School Library Program: A Practical Guide for the School Librarian by Cathy Leverkus and Shannon Acedo (professional book yay), The Problem Child by Michael Buckley, Once Upon a Crime by Michael Buckley, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, Raven Flight by Juliet Mariller, Chocolat Volume 8, Wizard Undercover by K.E. Mills, Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black.
I read a ton of really great books during April. My top 3 would have to Michael Buckley’s Sister’s Grimm Series, K.E. Mill’s Wizard Undercover (are you looking for a funny high fantasy book, because this is a perfect blend of humor, urban fantasy, mysteries, and high fantasy, read it), and Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Okay. So I totally want to do blog posts to properly highlight K.E. Mills and Michael Buckley’s series but Holly Black’s book is April’s highlight because it blew me away.
Genre: YA Vampires/Price: $19.00/ISBN: 978-0-316-21310-3/ Page Count: 419/Series: Not that I am aware of (but I so wish it was).
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is about a girl that ends up traveling to the city of vampires with her infected ex boyfriend and an insane vampire.
The premise of the book confused me every time that I read the dust jacket, but the main idea is that the world knows about vampires. And while some people see vampires as sexy romantic characters, the general population see it as a disease that must be quarantined into Coldtowns (vampires are cold, don’t you know).
Tana is in high school and was at a party. She wakes up in the morning hung over and pretty much wandering where everyone is (she passed out in the bathroom) only to find everyone dead. Vampires came into the party and ate everyone. Except when she goes into a bedroom she finds a chained up vampire and her ex boyfriend.
The crazy journey starts there. The three of them travel towards Coldtown (where vampires live and where the infected people-in transition can go-).
This book is Holly Black at her BEST. It totally engrossed me and I couldn’t put it down the whole time I was reading the book. The ending was perfect in that the story was resolved, but not really. You were left satisfied but it was open to interpretation, but not in the annoying way that other books have been (I’m looking at you Sunshine).
I seriously can’t rave about this book enough. Everyone needs to go buy it, but not from amazon because it’s still a shit storm up there. Go to your local indie store! Or better yet, buy it from the store and then donate it to the public library. JUST READ IT (if you like complicated characters and relationships with vampires thrown in there as a big ass metaphor).