Hello all, how was your weekend? Mine was exhaustingly busy and awesome and crazy...so about the norm. I promised you all some Halloween style ramblings this week, so let us start of with The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. I got this book on a total whim one day. I was just sitting on my couch and out of the blue I decided that this was a book I need to get and read for the October season (I love ebooks sometimes, really feeds into my impulse buying/reading habit) and so I did. Was my impulse decision good or bad? Lets find out, as always SPOILERS AHEAD!
Game of Thrones style bad, but all of it is necessary and not only furthers the story, but adds consequences to decisions and actions. I love this because while there are some good outcomes in the book, not everything ended happily and wonderfully. Choices were made, and sometimes it was the wrong choice and people suffered greatly for it. There is romance in the book, and the main one is between the heroine and the vampire, but it is actually a decent romance. Tana realizes that her attraction to Gavriel is in part an instinctive reaction to his looks and she tries to temper it. The author also lets Gavriel be truly crazy, mad as a hatter and that adds an awesome dimension to a YA romance plot. Really the only things that got to me were sometimes it felt like the vampires, especially Lucien and his cohorts were directly lifted from an Anne Rice novel. I sometimes would automatically substitute the name Lestat for the various vampires. The author stated that this book was in part a tribute to the various vampire writers...but it felt a tad bit derivative at times (yay I got to use one of my big girl words). I could probably go on for pages about the subtleties and nuances and social commentary, but I will let you go read it so you can come back here and discuss it with me. I recommend it to all my reading buddies (you know who you are), anybody who wanted Twilight to be better, or just wants a really nuanced YA book with action and awesome. I give this book 8 out of 10 garnet necklaces and I hope they never try and turn it into a movie 'cause they will just ruin it. Happy Reading Everybody!