Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

12813630The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2013
Publisher:Little, Brown Books for young Readers
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Vampires, Urban Fantasy, Romance

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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.


Vampires are… not so sexy anymore?

Objection! How dare you say such a thing? You know, I used to be so in love with vampires in my #preteenhood—after all, ‘‘The Vampire Diaries’’ was one of the first series I had ever read and I fell hard for it.

After that I read ‘‘Twilight’’ like almost every Edward fan on Earth and after that… I couldn’t stop. I would pick whatever vampire book I found.

But now… It’s not the same thing anymore. Things change. I changed. I feel like I know everything about vampires. One of the reasons why witches are my favourite creatures is because their magic is unlimited—you can do so much with it, so really, the two words that I associate with witches are: endless creativity.

The two words that I associate with vampires are: blood suckers. I know, sad, sad, sad. But that’s the truth. That’s what they are. Their magic is limited. Their hotness is overrated. And immortality is not something I envy.

I might be the problem though. ‘‘The Coldest Girl in Coldtown’’ was published in 2013, and if my memory is functioning properly, vampires were still kind of in vogue back then.

I actually picked this up because I thought I missed reading about vampires, but turns out I do not. At all.

Holly Black’s lyrical writing is, of course, beautiful. No surprise there. And she does write with dept. Her characters are not one-dimensional. Plus the idea of coldtowns wasn’t so bad, really.

I do wish I had read this book a few years ago, when it came out. I think I would have liked it better then. Maybe I’ll come back to it in the future or when I’m 90 and I don’t remember anything about vampires.

For now, it’s chao vampires. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


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11 thoughts on “Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

  1. I’m really nervous to pick this one up because I’ve never been a fan of vampires. I only got it because I really loved The Darkest Part in the Forest, also by Black, and wanted more from her. I figured this one would have been a good place to start since it’s also a standalone.


  2. I was hoping Holly Black’s new book would be better, but people keep posting meh reviews about it, hmm. With the exception of Certain Dark Things, vampire stories aren’t really my thing, I think. I’m much more interested in witch stories.


  3. and all this time I thought I was the only one who didn’t like this. I was never a big fan of vampires but I read good things about it so I had to try. But admitedly I can’t remember why I didn’t end up liking this since I read it like two years ago..


  4. I picked this up without realising that it was about vampires. All things considered, it could have been a lot less enjoyable; it’s well written and quite interesting, even if it isn’t something I would buy knowing the topic.


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