BEA Spotlight: Holly Black

I am a HUGE fan of Holly Black. In fact, when I saw a friend of mine come out of the convention hall of BEA last year with an ARC of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, I just about lost my mind. Luckily, she is wonderful and went back in to find me a copy. This is my favorite Holly Black story yet!

This year, Holly has two signings and I plan to be at both of them. I am so excited to get my hands on The Darkest Part of the Forest. I mean, look at that cover! BEAUTIFUL!

The Iron Trail, one she co-authored with the amazing Cassandra Clare is sure to be awesome too! I have a ticket for this signing, which means I’ll be attending BEA on Saturday for the first time. I typically leave early, but I wouldn’t miss this signing for anything!

Any of you looking forward to a particular horror or fantasy writer at BEA? If not, make sure to check out Holly Black:)



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.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.


Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?



From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.

From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will — is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It’s a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil.


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  • Kathy Palm
    May 27, 2014

    Tithe, Ironsides, and Valiant … The Curseworkers Series! (heck even Spiderwick!) Holly black is one of my faves and I can’t wait to read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown!

  • MidnightSocietyJolene
    June 2, 2014

    Oh, The Darkest Part of the Forest looks awesome! Have you read it? Did you snag it at BEA? I can’t wait to hear! I love Holly Black too!

  • The Poison Eaters | The Midnight Society
    June 18, 2014

    […] For more about Holly Black, check out Amy’s post from a few weeks back, spotlighting Holly Black at BEA. […]

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