Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly BlackPublisher: 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!

PD - Ned - annoyed

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.

PD - Ned - head shake of disappointment

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.


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0 Replies to “Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black”

  1. But, but, but THAT KISS THOUGH. I felt the same as you for a lot of it, but there were moments of pure brilliance in this book that couldn’t be denied.

    It wasn’t exactly my favourite thing, but for some reason reading it made me really excited to read Holly Black’s future books. It was a unique approach and the writing was solid. I can’t fault her ideas!

    Sorry you didn’t enjoy this more 🙁

  2. I am so sad that you did not love this one, it is totally one of my favorites. I do have to admit that I didn’t really think of Tana as a heroine, I really thought of her more just trying to survive and figure herself out in that type of world. I really did love the romance side of this one, it was rough and bad boy-ish.
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  3. I haven’t read this yet, but I just picked it up a few weeks ago and it’s on my tbr list. I’ll put it a little further down on the list now, haha. I also picked up Holly Black and Cassandra Clare’s The Iron Trial and hopefully that will be good. 🙂

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