by Holly Black
I would think that I’ve had my fill of vampire books after the overwhelming glut of the Twilight trilogy and everything following it, but this book is FANTASTIC. Tana lives in a world where vampires are present and shut up in quarantined areas called Coldtowns. The book opens with her waking up from a party the night before and realizing that everyone else was killed by vampires- everyone except her ex and a mysterious person in chains.
What I loved about this book is Tana, and all of the characters, really. Tana is strong and decisive and she saves the day over and over. She isn’t compromising herself for anything and she’s willing to make sacrifices for the people she loves. She makes the hard choice and doesn’t complain. I love the clarity in how she sees her friends and family, their positive and negative aspects, and how she loves them anyway.
The book is creepy and well-written, and even though it’s longer I read it over a couple of days.