Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

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. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

Let me start by saying that this was the first novel I have read by Holly Black. It popped up on my Tumblr dash one day and I decided to give it a try. Holly Black has an interesting, compelling writing style that drew me in.

HOWEVER, you have to like her writing style to enjoy this book. If you don’t like the first chapter, you won’t like the book. Get this from the library first and then decide.

Now, on to the actual review.

I found the idea of this book interesting. The walled coldtowns were what drew me in, but what stayed was the way the vampires were portrayed: as things some people actually wanted to become. Vampires have been romanticized so long that people have started to think that being a vampire is a good thing, and will do anything to get into a coldtown, do anything to try to get bitten.

Of course, not everyone’s like that.

Getting bitten by a vampire is called “going cold”. It takes eighty days to sweat out the illness, and the book makes it seem excruciating, though there aren’t any details. One taste of human blood, not matter how small, will turn the person bitten into a vampire.

This is also one of the few books I’ve read that social media is a big part of it. There are forums dedicated to trying to get bitten, to saying what it’s like in coldtowns, to documenting the process of being turned into a vampire. The party in the center of the coldtown is broadcasted on t.v., live, and it makes it seem like the world within coldtowns are perfect.

Big surprise…they’re not.

These vampires are not the Twilight version. This is a dark, bloody story that will have you on the edge of your seat, the kind of book you can’t put down. The characters are realistically flawed and the plot twists are supurb.

Give this book a try, it’ll be worth it if you like it. (Plus, the cover’s fantastic!)


Four and 1/2 stars


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