Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Book Review: The Coldest Girl in ColdtownThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Series: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown #1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on September 3rd 2013
Pages: 440
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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.

Just when I thought I was done with vampires, Holly Black reels me back in with her dark and edgy tale.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown begins with a killer opening… literally. Tana awakes from a drunken stupor in, of all things, a bathtub. As she tries to gather her bearings, all she can think of is how she will look to everyone else. Trying to best erase the possibility that she has now become that girl who got so drunk she passed out in a bathtub. But as Tana starts to wander around the house, she quickly discovers that her actions from the previous night don't matter as much as she thought they did, plus strangely, they might have saved her life.

At this point in my reading life, vampires have been placed into a weird middle zone for me. I don't hate them. I don't love them. It basically comes down to I can tolerate them, if I have to. So, going into The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, I really didn't know what to expect. Would my feelings for vampires, in general, cloud any possible enjoyment that this read could bring? That would be a big fat NOPE.

Unlike in some other vampires tales, Holly Black's vampires are not exactly quiet. Sure, they are the things that go bump in the night. But don't expect them to be lurking around the corner for that unsuspecting victim. Oh no. Instead, due to an outbreak years earlier, vampires and their existence is very public knowledge. And the threat of going Cold, is very real.

What I loved about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is how real it felt. From Tana's experiences and flashbacks, this possibility of a vampire outbreak and how the world would respond felt possible. I loved Tana's perspective. She is the girl who understands probably the best how turning Cold can effect your entire life, but despite of that still is willing to help a friend and even a stranger.

Speaking of a stranger… Gavriel.

Oh sweet darkness. Gavriel is probably one of the strangest love interests… maybe ever. But you can't help but like, and possibly love him. Which was weird for me. When he was lucid, I could totally see how Tana could fall from him. Which made me torn when he wasn't. Can he fully come back from what he has been through? Or is he going to be forever in this half lucid / half not state? I don't know! But it does make me want to see more of him to see how it all progresses.

Final Verdict:

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is unlike any vampire book that I have read before, seriously. With a dark and edgy setting, a main character that kicks serious butt, and a brooding and often times mad love interest, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown really kicked things up a notch.

There were a few issues that I had in the beginning. But as things went on, my complaints became less and less. The ending was a nice tie up, making me want to stick around for the next installment. Because I gotta see what happens with Tana.

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