Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 3rd 2013)
Hardcover: 419 pages
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Rating: 1.5 of 5 Stars
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
So I wanted to like Holly Black and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, I really did. I was tired of Vampire books, but I heard this was the one that got you out the pits and made you love vampires again (heck, even Marissa Meyer – author of The Lunar Chronicles even recommended it). It couldn’t be that bad right?
Boy, was I wrong. It started pretty darn good. A lot of crazy stuff went down resulting in a lot of dead people and there was this awesome set-up for action and a road trip!
But it all crashed and burned when Tana became the most stupidest heroine I’d seen in a while.
Stop being stupid, [Tana] told herself, even though it was much too late for that. She’d been a hundred kinds of stupid already.
Why would you think it’s a good idea to bring along your douche-y troublesome ex-boyfriend who, FYI tried to kill you at least two times!
And don’t even get me started on the goth wannabe-vampire siblings! And than there’s Gavriel, the super old-vampire who falls in love with a teenage girl. Yeah, I think that trope’s gotten a bit old, I just couldn’t understand why he liked her…though I guess I sort of could, because both were just “blah” to me that they deserved each other. Though admittedly, he did have kind of an interesting past.
Oh and plotwise! What was the point of this book1?!!? I read 419 pages and basically all of it didn’t even need to happen for the ending to be the same. It’s a pretty long book for a whole lot of nothing. In case you are wondering what the heck did happened in 400+ pages, they sorta road trip to a Coldtown (where the vampires live – and might I add star in their own reality tv show), Tana does a loooot of dumb things on the way there, she continues to do stupid once she’s there, annnnd somehow we got to from point a to point b after taking a detour to point g, u, z, ! and jdshsl.
Overall, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown ended up not being my jam. It didn’t rekindle my enjoyment for vampire books and I can’t believe is ruin the awesomeness that is road trips. Sorry book, you gave it a good shot.
Find Holly Black:
a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.