The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

11 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Hachette Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781478924692. $25; Playaway digital; digital download. F
OrangeReviewStarNot long ago, the world discovered that vampires were real. Now many live in quarantined Coldtowns, walled-off cities where vampires roam free and humans flock to offer blood to prove their worthiness for eternal life. Pulled by the allure of the televised decadence, the lavish soirees, and the romantic sensibilities, people enter Coldtown, but few ever leave. Tana wakes after a dusk-to-dawn party to find that only she and her infected ex-boyfriend are alive— for now. Impetuous and empathetic, Tana frees a mysterious chained vampire and all three run from the remaining monsters to the nearest Coldtown. Tana must decide whom she can trust if she is ever going to go home. Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles) perfectly blends classic vampire lore with more than a few new twists. Narrator Christine Larkin expertly relates the tale of Tana, who struggles to survive without losing herself.
VERDICT Young adult and adult devotees of vampire and urban fantasy will discover more than enough to sate their voracious appetites with this world of opulence, ancient social hierarchies, and reality television feeds in this essential purchase.
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