Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Reviewette - “The Coldest Girl In Coldtown” by Holly Black

Anthology: The Eternal Kiss
Story: 4 of 13
Pages: 29
Excerpt: Yes

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown is a deliciously dark tale set in the very near future after a rogue vampire unleashed the vampire virus upon an unsuspecting populace in a cross-country, cross-continent infection spree. The only way for humanity to contain the problem was to create segregated ghettos called Coldtowns to isolate the “victims”. Sixteen year old Matilda has been infected, but if she can sweat out the 88 day active period without drinking blood she can survive the virus and remain human. She finds being constantly drunk dulls the craving for blood.
"What about the guy?" Matilda asked. She stared at the girl's dried garnet scabs. They looked like crusts of sugar, like the lines of salt left on the beach when the tide goes out. She wanted to lick them.
With only a month to go, she is approached by a friend who tells her that his sister and her boyfriend have gone to Coldtown seeking Matilda, thinking she's been turned. The thought of being reunited with her boyfriend has been part of what kept Matilda going and she elects to drink blood and “die” and enter Coldtown to rescue the girl and her boyfriend.
When she looked into the mirror, her skin had unfamiliar purple shadows, like bruises. She was still staring at them when she stopped being able to catch her breath. The hollow feeling in her chest expanded and she found herself panicked, falling to her knees on the filthy tile floor. She died there, a moment later.
In Coldtown she experiences her new horrible nature and the lies about the glamour of being a vampire, and reaches a decision to expose the harsh reality to the world in an ending which is stark and righteous. I found The Coldest Girl In Coldtown to be a terrific story, stylish and original.

Rating – 5 Eternal Kisses (of 5)

Official Holly Black Website

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale (2002), Valiant (2005) and Ironside (2007). She is also the author of the Spiderwick Chronicles series.


  1. Rachel Caine has a contest to win one of five copies of THE ETERNAL KISS. Now I am extra glad I put my name in the ring for this one. I'll buy it if I don't win it....this story looks superb!

  2. Hi :)
    Thank you for having such the amazing writer Holly Black on here reviewing a great book. I've been looking forward to it for what seems like forever.
    And thanks Holly for sharing with us.
    All the best,

  3. The collection is great so far Vickie. Good luck on the contest.

    RKCharron my favourite so far and I am sure it will be at the top of the list when I'm done. A little gem of a story.


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