Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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.

(Goodreads | Amazon)

Oh. My. Goodness. When I tell another about a book, I like to tell them the good and the bad of the book. However, there isn’t much to say about this book that is negative!? I mean, the only thing I didn’t like about this book was the fact that it ended.

I personally would have loved to read more action scenes than (and there were quite a bit), but I think overall the contrast between active and inactive moments ended up being pretty satisfactory. From waking up in a house FULL of your dead friends, to escaping and traveling to a Coldtown with your cold ex-boyfriend and a vampire in the trunk of your car, to almost becoming some vampire’s dinner, this book is full of fun activities for the family! … Well, maybe not the whole family, but just for that avid reader in the family.

But come on! What better way to start a book with a massacre!? About the tenth paragraph in the first chapter says this:

“The tan carpet was stiff and black with stripes of dried blood, splattered like a James Pollock canvas. The walls were streaked with it, handprints smearing the dingy beige surfaces. And the bodies. Dozens of bodies.”

How can you not become consumed by this book after reading that!?

Black’s writing seduces you in a reality where vampires run isolated towns and humans lust after the chance to become cold; to be turned into a vampire.

I dare you to take a journey down this rabbit hole, because this book will make you re-think about wanting to become a creature of the night.

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