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Book Chat: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

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coldtown coverThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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The plague of vampirism has spread across the globe and Tana knows first hand just how dangerous it can be. She wakes up after a night of partying surrounded by her massacred friends. Immediately, she begins a journey with her exboyfriend, Aiden, and a seriously crazy new companion, Gavriel, to find refuge in the nearest vampire refuge/prison. Tana must fight her inner demons, the possibility of turning into a vampire herself, and her confused feelings regarding a certain someone while trying to get back to her family.

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Favorite Character

Winter – his enthusiasm for his sister’s project is endearing, but his skepticism about the plan also is a balancing force as the group rushes headlong into the Coldtown.

Favorite Line

“You expected me to be good, and because of you, I tried.”

In the podcast we discuss what it means to be “good” or “evil” and if the vampires are inherently one or the other. I think this line from Gavriel is a powerful reminder that people often perform to whatever expectation is set of them.

Fun Author Fact

Holly Black has a secret library in her house!!!!! (Fellow book nerds, you know this is a dream come true!)

Is this worth a book hangover?

Yes, it’s fast paced and exciting with just enough swoon – but fair warning, there’s quite a lot of blood and violence.

Read this next:

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater or The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan both deal in exciting, worlds very close to ours, but with something just a little more magical or frightening.

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Jess loves SFF – old and new school –  and is learning to appreciate the more lovey-dovey YA under the careful tutelage of Anisha’s recommendations.

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Book Chat: Twilight Series

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Twilight quartet


Bella is a perfectly ordinary girl… until she meets Edward. Edward is no ordinary high school student; he is a vampire. Follow the series as Bella and Edward develop their relationship and face immortal enemies together!


Favorite Character

Alice – With small stature and feminine tastes, it’s easy to underestimate Alice. I love her intelligence and devotion to her family. I think she’s the closet thing to a feminist in this series.

Favorite Line

“You nicked-named my daughter after the Lock Ness Monster!” 

I’ll be honest – there were NOT many lines I liked in this book. I can’t like the romantic lines, because taken out of context, they make the Edward-Bella relationship seem healthy, and it is so not. This line is kind of random, but also kind of hilarious. Because we all know that despite how much effort parents put into their children’s names, they always get nicknamed.

Is this worth a book hangover?

I was pulled in by the story, and connected well enough  by Book 3 to want to finish the series. However, I wasn’t satisfied with the ending. I give this a meh at best.

Fun Author Fact

Some of Stephanie’s characters are, presumably, named after her family members . Three of her sibling are named Seth, Emily and Jacob.

Read these next:

If you appreciate the Twilight world, but want something with a slightly better message, I suggest reading Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia. 


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