Wow, just when we thought vampires were really dead, Holly Black comes out with this beautifully crafted, thrilling new vampire story. It begins when our heroine, Tara, wakes up in a bathtub the morning after a party, feeling more than a bit hung over. But at least she’s alive; almost all of the other party guests are not.
In the story, vampires have multiplied beyond the threshold of secrecy, and the United States has established “coldtowns” where they can live, so to speak, in decadent freedom. Somehow, Tara finds herself under the protection of one of the oldest, most infamous (and definitely most gorgeous) of the vampires, Gavriel. Their relationship is intense, twisted, and, of course, insatiable.
The song, Bent, is from a 2007 album from Matchbox Twenty, Exile on Mainstream. Since I absolutely love Rob Thomas’s voice, it’s surprising that these guys haven’t been on Jukebooks before now. But Bent describes the attraction between Tana and Gavriel perfectly.
Holly Black herself tells a bit about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown:
-Diane Colson, currently reading Cartwheel (advanced reader’s copy) by Jennifer Dubois.