Friday, August 30, 2013

Review: The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for review
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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.

My Thoughts

Being a fan of Holly Black's Curse Workers Series, I knew I had to read this book!! Not to mention, it just sounded awesome. Also, she's a local author which is super cool so I feel the need to read anything she writes. With all that being said, I really enjoyed this. I thought that the take on vampires and the world that they live in was really cool. I liked that the humans not only knew they existed, but it was also kind of a glorified thing to be a vampire. Oh, did I mention that the first Coldtown, which is where they go, is also a town right near where I live. Yeah, total bonus points for the story taking place near my area. Okay, so on with this review. I'm getting sidetracked.

Tana was a character who annoyed me, but I also liked her. We first meet her while passed out in a bathtub which is quite funny. It's also very realistic to kids her age. I mean, I never personally got drunk and passed out in a bathtub, but I had my nights to remember (or not) when I was her age, so yeah. She then finds everyone dead, but is able to somewhat keep her head about things. I suppose when you live in a world where vampires can come at any moment and infect you it's not hard to believe it would happen. She then makes a few stupid decisions, but I can see why. She really has a good heart. She's a bit abrasive at times, totally tough, and bad ass, but she's also willing to help people. Perhaps a bit too trusting, but that's not necessarily a bad trait. Even though I wanted to knock some sense into her a few times, I think had I been in the same situations, I might have made a lot of the same dumb decisions she did.

Gavriel is the moody vampire who against everything, Tana begins to fall for. That was kind of a given. Saw that coming from the beginning, but it didn't change my enjoyment of things. It wasn't an insta-love thing. She actually knew she was crazy having thoughts of kissing him. She knew how dangerous he was. He is in and out of the story, but any scene he was in, he seemed to take center stage. He was very entertaining for me to read. Not that he's particularly funny or anything, there was just something about him. Of course he is all secretive and has some things he's hiding, but that's just the way these things work. For a scary vamp, he was pretty awesome and I came to really like him.

This was really great. It wasn't fast paced, but it was a good steady story. I never felt bored with it. Even when the story seemed slow, I was still enjoying the characters and what was going on. This was a really great take on vampires. I loved how it wasn't just vampires and humans, but an in between. The infection or disease that the vampire bite will cause, but won't turn you to a vampire. It will drive you mad with blood lust though. I can't go into it any more than that, but it I liked it! There are so many vampire novels out there that it's hard to stand out among them, but I really think Holly Black created a fantastic vampire story. It was gory and awesome and I fully enjoyed it!!

*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. Oh man! The reaction to this book has been so mixed, so I'm actually not sure if I want to read the book or not anymore. Tana does sound like a frustrating character with her constant bad decision-making, but she does sound realistic as you said. What interests me the most is the world-building in the book for sure. It sounds like the author has a unique idea for vampires.
    I think I'm going to check this one out at the library. That way even if I don't like the book, I won't feel guilty for spending money on it.
    Lovely review, Amy!

  2. Gavriel is a really weird name. The romancey part seems a little cliche but other than that, I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

    Fab review, Amy! <33

  3. Yeah, like Nick, I've been seeing some very mixed reviews. I do like Black's writing though, at least in her Tithe series. I'm glad you found Tana to be a realistic teen, frustrations and all!
    I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Amy. Great review!

  4. Thanks for this review! I 'm so excited to read it, since it has been getting great reviews and all.

  5. I really want to read this! But I'm a little concerned I may get extremely frustrated with Tana. I have actually only seen good reviews for this, people keep saying they have seen mixed reviews though, so I think I need to dig up a few more!

  6. I've yet to read anything by Holly Black, so I think this one will be my first. Glad you liked it!

  7. Dude. Glad to hear you enjoyed this. I SO loved the Curse Workers series and will admit to still being a sucker for a good vampire story. I can't wait to check this out!

  8. I've been hoping to find some reviews on this book. I have it and now I'm excited to read it.

  9. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I'm about 3/4 of the way through and things are pretty crazy right now. So far I'm really enjoying Gavriel. Holly Black can write some super intriguing, super dangerous boys that I love!

  10. Sounds like a wonderful take on vampires. I like that there isn't any insta-love. That aspect of YA novels drives me a bit nuts these days. I do want to check this one out.


  11. I liked this one a little less than you, and I have it two stars, and I couldn't even remember what I thought about it anymore lol. The romance was definitely an interesting one, and I remember you tweeting about meeting Holly Black in the movie theater so that's so cool how she's a local author! Tana WAS totally tough and badass though. :)

    Fantastic review, Amy! I'm glad you enjoyed this one.

  12. So glad to find another positive review of this one. I thought it sounded like an interesting and unique take on vampires having them live in Coldtowns and them being like celebrities. I've seen quite a few people questioning Tana's choices but as a teen we definitely make all kinds of stupid mistakes. Sometimes it drives you nuts to read but I do think that makes it authentic as long as it isn't too repetitive. I've been dying to try the Curseworkers series as I've heard lots of great things about that one.

  13. I still enjoy reading vampire books from time to time. I appreciate it more with a different twist. This sounds different. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I actually JUST started this one so I skimmed your review to avoid finding out anything I shouldn't BUT I was eager to see what you thought of it. Really pumped that you enjoyed this one too, it'll be my very first Holly Black read - even though I also have her Curse Worker series on my wishlist/TBR! Giselle got so excited over meeting her at BEA I can't wait to experience her writing for myself :D Lovely review ^^

  15. Unfortunately, this one was a bust for me. Tana annoyed me too, lol, but yeah, she does have a good heart. I felt like nothing really happened so I was, in fact, bored. It just didn't work for me, but glad that you enjoyed it. Great review!

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  16. Ha, Tana definitely annoyed me, but I don't think that really changed. Lol. Also, I didn't go for Gavriel either, and I tooootally thought it was instalove. I mean, they only knew each other for like a week or something. You'd think at least he would no better being that he's lived over a century. Still, it was fun. The goriness was the best part. Haha.


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