Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

October 10, 2013 2013, A-, book rating, reviews 6

coldest-girl-in-coldtownThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown
by Holly Black
Series: Not Sure
Genre: Young Adult Vampire Fantasy
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013
e-book, purchased
419 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: 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.

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I read a number of good reviews about this book which came out in September. It went on sale so I snapped it up and I thought it would be a great book to read for Kim’s Fraterfest Read-a-Thon at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It was…and is one my favorite books this year!

Isn’t every hero aware of all the terrible reasons they did those good deeds? Aware of every mistake they ever made and how good people got hurt because of their decisions? Don’t they recall the moments they weren’t heroic at all? The moments where their heroism led to more deaths than deliberate villainy ever could?

What I like about this book:

  • Tana is a typical teenager–going to school, parties, planning to move to California with her bestfriend–but she’s living in a new world where vampires are visibly present.
  • Vampires have been around for a long time, but were always careful to keep their numbers controlled, but one new vampire managed to make many more vampires and now the secret is out.
  • Vampires live in Coldtowns–a prison where the prisoners are in charge.
  • I like how Holly Black uses social media in the book. The Springfield Coldtown as well as some of the other Coldtowns have cameras everywhere and these videos are broadcast in the human cities.
  • With the videos in Coldtowns vampires glamorize their lives. Many people want to go to the Coldtowns and become vampires. It’s ironic that Tana isn’t one of them–she’s never wanted to be a vampire and has a realist view of who they are.
  • Unique and interesting characters in the book–Tana, Midnight, Winter, Gavriel, Aidan, Pauline, Tana’s little sister.
  • The surprisingly sweet romance.

What I don’t like:

  • I’d like to read more in this world and see what happens to Tana and her friends, but I’m not sure if this is a series.

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My thoughts: 

This is Holly Black’s homage to vampires and a very good homage it is! It’s been several years since I’ve read any of her books. I want to read some of her backlist.

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

6 Responses to “Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black”

  1. Jaime

    Great review! I loved this book as well, as you pointed out, the use of social media is really interesting and the romance was a highlight.

    • Jan

      Yes! Vampires! And I haven’t been reading many books which focus on vampires, but I really did like this one. Mostly because I liked Tana, I think!