Book Review: The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black

Holly Black is officially my favorite author.

       Big Mouth House    Published April 1,2010                212 Pages
Big Mouth House
Published April 1,2010
212 Pages

In her first collection of short stories Holly Black brings readers a range from vampires, werewolves, faeries and other supernatural beings. This short collection also gives readers a preview/idea of her latest book “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” which despite the title it was a pretty good read.

“The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” is the only story that left you wanting more. It brought out my curiosity because I wasn’t expecting vampires and I honestly have no idea why I wasn’t expecting vampires. I think the characters were a bit weak but I am going to chalk that up to it being a short story.  But this story leaves quite a bit of questions so I am interested in the actual book.

 “In Vodka Veritas” is a story in which a private schools’ Latin class put a spell on their peers at a school prom. This story was also the weakest story in this collection. It really lacked in development of the main character and it lack follow up. She led you on (which is a good thing) but fell short in making you in love with the story.

“The Poison Eaters” is also another story that didn’t quite work out for me.  It truly was a short story in every sense and didn’t leave any questions as in whom what or why. Everything was answered but it didn’t leave much to the imagination.

Over this entire book get 9 out of 10. For the first time, I actually found a book that is both well written and creepy . . . so very creepy.



Tania Lasenburg is a communications major that plays video games and cyber stalks Gym Class Heroes. Follow her on twitter @mrztanyapickles


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