Book summary via Goodreads:
"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."
Finally. FINALLY! I have finally found a Vampire book that I don't hate, one that doesn't have boring cookie cutter characters, one that takes the already existing ideas of Vampires and makes it something new and interesting. I have been waiting and searching since Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire to find a book in this sub-genre that I loved just as much, I can't tell you how many boring cookie cutter vampire books I have read between these two books.
The story is told in third person mostly form Tana's perspective, her being the MC and all. There are parts that are told from Gavriel's perspective, but it's about his past. This book started off really strong but in the middle there were a couple of really slow chapters. almost made me want to skim them but I didn't want to miss anything important since this is a stand alone. Something that now that it's over I wish wasn't the case, I'd like to read more about what happened with Tana and Gavriel after the end. An epilogue would have been nice.
There isn't much I have to say about this book that is bad. I didn't really care for some of the characters, I found them to be annoying and kind of pointless. Aiden was just really annoying, I actually kind of hated him. Then there were those two short chapters that I felt slowed the story down a little.
The world was nicely fleshed out for a stand alone, and the story left you not really knowing here things were headed. I am so happy that I finally got around to reading this book. I just wish there was more.