The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
by Holly Black
4 stars - a bit of a twist on the management of vampires in the 21st century
ALR Green - one dead dog on the side of the road and a few scenes with a friendly crow
Seventeen year old Tana wakes up in a bathtub after a raucous party. She discovers that while she remained passed out and hidden, the rest of the party goers were set upon by vampires and drained of their blood. Ew. Well, almost all of them. Her on and off boyfriend was only partially drained and left tied to a bed for later consumption. Not only that, but cowering in the corner of the room is a sorry looking vampire in chains seeking a bit of help.
Tana isn't all that surprised. Heck, she lives in a world full of vampires. Luckily, they've been, for the most part, relegated to walled communities called Coldtowns. The general population is privy to some of what goes on behind those walls thanks to live internet feeds, blog posts, and tweets. Some humans even opt to enter a Coldtown in search of eternal life or to become feed bags.
Tana sets out to return the unfortunate vampire to the local Coldtown. That being, of all places, the city of Springfield, Massachusetts (gosh, Springfield just can't catch a break).
Great book. Despite reading well for this adult, I'm glad that the book is categorized as young adult. There are plenty of cautions in the story about believing everything you see on the Internet and the dangers of romanticizing things you don't really know too much about. Also, lots of action, surprises, and even a bit of teen aged romance.
Good pacing, rich characters, some cool vampire action scenes, and moral dilemmas. Couldn't ask for more.
Love the cover art.