Description: 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.
Review: From the very first page, this book grips you and makes you never want to let go. I mean, if you read the description then I am sure you can see why. However, I went into this book knowing absolutely nothing about it other than I needed to read it for an upcoming Battle of the Books competition. Let me tell you, I was not expecting this book to be anything close to the amazingness that it is. Yes, this book is a "vampire book". But it is most definitely not the typical "vampire book", it has so many unique interpretations of vampires and how they actually live and how they coincide with a modern-day society. There are many things that I love about this book: how some chapters give you glimpses of the past, the portrayal of a society where everyone knows vampires exist, and how the main character did not romanticize vampires like most other novels. However, there were also a few reasons why I could not give this book a five out of five stars. I am going to start with the disclaimer that I was in the biggest reading slump I have had in years while I was reading this book so that may have influenced some of these thoughts. Anyways, it seemed like there was not a point behind what was going on for the majority of the book, which was really annoying. It was fine for a while I suppose, but it got to the point where it just really ticked me off. However, a lot of the action offset this for me and by the end it picked up and there did seem to be a point to the novel. Towards the end of the book, there was plot twist that could have worked really well, but didn't because it came in too late and there was already too much going on for it too really have an affect on the readers (or perhaps just me). The main character also annoyed me a few times throughout the novel (mainly because of blatant stupidity that is common in most books), but not too too bad. And then the ultimate con of this book: insta-love. It was super insta guys, like really bad. Possibly the worst case of it I have seen. Usually I am fine with these types of things when it bothers other readers, but this time I got really upset. The main characters did not even talk enough to be in the type of relationship they were at the end of the book. Anyways, sorry for the mini-rant that I got into towards the end of this review. Despite all the things I didn't like about this book, I still found it to be a great book that I overall enjoyed and would recommend to others.