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September 17, 2013

Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Author: Holly Black 
 Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: September 3, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult (Paranormal/Vampires)
Source: Publisher 
Format: ARC
Pages: 432
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.
Before starting this, I actually read a few bad reviews of it and was pretty disappointed. Thank God, it was actually a pretty good book! Not that great, but it was enjoyable! In Tana's world, towns that are called Coldtowns exist. Coldtowns are towns where vampires live along with some humans. After a party, Tana wakes up unconscious in the middle of the bathroom. There, she finds that every person at that party was actually dead, killed by vampires. There, she finds her ex-boyfriend tied to a bed, along with a vampire who is tied to a chair. I absolutely loved how this book started hard-core. There was no need for introductions, and the action happened as soon as we opened the first chapter. There was no slow paced beginnings, and we got right into the bloody fights. It was delicious.. haha.
Tana was a great character to read about. You might think she's fierce and all, but she's mostly adventurous. It's like she is attracted to trouble, and always wants to find out more. She's kinda like me in a way. Tana's ex-boyfriend Adrian was such an amazing character as well. I think his presence was really big, even if he wasn't one to talk that much. Also, Gavriel was just the perfect addition to the mix. Gavriel was the unknown, dangerous vampire who went along them in their journey. The world building was great as well! The Coldtowns were described as trashy places that were destroyed with no room for hope. It really felt like the destructed part of the world. I don't think I had any problems with characters or world building or writing style, but maybe the pace of the book towards the middle. I think things kind of paused there, and not much really happened. Though I was glad things picked up quickly after that.
Overall, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was a great book! It had it's own twist on vampires, and it was entertaining to read Holly Black's version of vampires. It was a really big book, but nothing was really unnecessary! I will definitely be picking up Holly Black's other books as this was my first one ever. I would really recommend this book to vampire lovers who aren't sick of vampires just because of Twilight!


  1. I was quite hesitant to read this after those mixed reviews on Goodreads. Thankfully you guys renewed my faith. Hope it's worth it. :) Nice review, Farah.

  2. I'm a Holly Black fan and I love your review. I'm getting myself a copy. Thanks Farah :D


  3. I don't think I'll ever get tired of vampires. This one sounds really nice and though I haven't read anything by Holly Black yet I'll definitely try to get my hands on it! Great review! :)

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

  4. I'm happy to see some more positive reviews about this book. I've been so excited to try it out and I'm happy you liked it! The whole concept is intriguing and how can I not like a bloody beginning? Haha.

  5. I miss reading vampire books, and this one sounds something that I can really get myself into! I love how the action starts pretty much straight off the bat as well- I'm tired of reading slow-paced novels.

    Great review, Farah - I'm definitely picking up a copy!

    Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant

  6. I just started this last night and I already love it! Tana kind of reminds me of Kay from Tithe, which is a god thing.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  7. I am looking forward to picking this one up. I'm glad that you enjoyed it. I have seen the mixed reviews, so I happy to find one that is positive. Great review.

  8. This was one of the most expected books for me and now after reading some really bad review I'm afraid of reading it. Well you gave me hope and even though this book is not as perfect as I hoped it's still enjoyable. I can live with that. Great review :)

  9. I really enjoyed this one as well, Farah! It was creepy and different, things I've come to expect from Holly's writing. Wonderful review! :)

  10. I haven't read a vampire book in a while. I just might give this one a chance.

  11. I really liked this book! Loved Tana and the whole concept. Glad we agree :)
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  12. Glad you managed to enjoy it :) I actually hated it :p but I understand that some might love it ;p