by Holly Black
Stand Alone NovelGenre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Vampires
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Little Brown Books
I received this book at BEA (Book Expo America ’13) from Little Brown Books, in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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I know I’m probably in the minority here but this one falls in the good but not great category for me. I liked the characters and the concept but I wasn’t able to get swept up in the emotions or the story line. Even the action scenes didn’t have me biting my nails in suspense.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5