Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Posted November 1, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

by Holly Black
Pages: 419
Published on September 3rd 2013
by Indigo
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal, Vampires, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, White Cat, The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1), The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2), The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3)

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.

5 Stars

So I wanted to read a book for halloween and since this one has been screaming at me from my shelf for a while, I choose this one. And what a good choice that was. If you’re thinking that there couldn’t possibly be a new original vampire story out there, you’re so very wrong. This book is dark, bloody, gory, full of brutal deaths and scenes that made my mouth drop and scenes that made me really terrified. But it’s also so seductive and addicting and I could not look away.

“I haven’t had a very good day. I think I might still be hung over and everyone’s dead and my root beer’s gone.”

Tana lives in a world with walled cities called Coldtowns. In those Coldtowns, vampires and humans live in quarantine in order to stop the Cold from spreading even more than it already has. When she wakes up at a party, she finds herself surrounded by death bodies. The only survivors are her ex-boyfriend, who’s infected with the Cold and a strange boy. They have to get out of there and save the three of them by going to the twisted, wicked, bloody heart of Coldtown.

This is my first book by this author (I know, I should be ashamed and I am) and I can not believe I haven’t read any of her books before. Her writing was so amazing and I was hooked from the first page to the last. This book starts out with a huge bloody bang and it keeps on coming. Like I read in another review, every time I think I’ve read the worst, most terrifying, bloody scene, she finds a way to prove me wrong. And the vampires in this book? They don’t sparkle. They have no mercy and they’ll suck your blood if you let them. Holly Black has no mercy either with any of the characters, which makes it even more terrifying.

“They eat one another. They eat us. They eat every damn thing. They’ll drink up the whole world if we let them.”

The romance in this book was just perfect. It didn’t take over the story, it’s just this thing that’s part of it that makes the book as addicting and seductive as it is. The way they talk and act and all that, it’s just… Oh my. I can honestly say that I found myself a new book boyfriend. Woosh.

The characters in this book are so awesome. Tana is one of the best main characters I’ve come across so far. She knows who she is and where she comes from and even if she’s not sure of what she wants in the future, she sure as hell is determined to find out. She wants to save the ones she loves or die trying. If I had to go through all that stuff she goes through in this book, I’d probably curl up in a corner and cry. I’m a wuss. Tana is brave.
Aidan is the worst boyfriend ever and he’s an ass, but he gets more likable during the book. Gavriel is… brilliant. Let’s keep it at that for now. I love Midnight and Winter and Jameson and all the others. But again, Holly Black has no mercy for any of her characters so I won’t talk about them anymore because of spoilers.

“Every hero is the villain of his own story.”

Like I said at the beginning of this review, this book dark, bloody, gory, full of brutal deaths and scenes that made my mouth drop and scenes that made me really terrified. But it’s also so seductive and addicting. And that’s really all there is too it. I highly recommend this book to fans of vampire books, but again… These vampires are not very nice. They don’t sparkle and they don’t try to stop drinking human blood. If you’ve lost faith in this genre because of the rotten apples in the bunch, give this one a try and maybe it’ll give you hope again. And I’m so happy I bought the paperback because now I have this beautiful book here on my shelf! Yay! Now you go and read this book.


About Holly Black

Holly Black is a best-selling author of contemporary fantasy novels for kids, teens, and adults. She is the author of the Modern Faerie Tale series (Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside), The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), and The Good Neighbors graphic novels (with Ted Naifeh) The Poison Eaters and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction, and The Curse Worker series (White Cat, Red Glove, and Black Heart). She is also the co-editor of three anthologies, Geektastic (with Cecil Castellucci), Zombies vs. Unicorns (with Justine Larbalestier), and Welcome to Bordertown (with Ellen Kushner). Her most recent works are the middle grade novel, Doll Bones, and the dark fantasy stand-alone, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

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