TheColdest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Expected Publication: September 3 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
Why I’m Waiting
I read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown when it was a short story, and I loved it. I’m a big fan of Holly’s writing and have been since I first devoured Tithe in middle school (that was a long time ago). I try not to let her friendship with the she-devil sway my opinion of her as a person or of her writing. It’s harder than I care to admit. I think Holly Black has one of the greatest imaginations in YA right now, alongside the likes of Laini Taylor, Richelle Mead, and Melina Marchetta. I look forward to everything she puts out (though I still haven’t listened to the third Curse Workers book. Shame on me).