I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
on September 3, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
My first experience with Holly Black was The Poison Eaters, which features the short story that inspired The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. When I read that story way back when I was pretty enthralled with it. Vampires living in walled cities, once you get in you can never leave, eternal parties? It all sounded so fascinating. So I was ecstatic to hear Holly was writing a full length book and it certainly lived up to my expectations.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown might have one of the best first chapters I’ve ever read. It’s the epitome of starting off with a bang. This book is dark, darker than anything I’ve read by Holly Black thus far. It’s not for the faint of heart. I’ve always liked a bit of darkness so I really enjoyed that Black didn’t hold anything back.
Tana was a really great character. She was amazingly strong and held up so well in the face of all the crazy scary events. Tana meets a lot of people (and vampires) in the book and it seemed like every one of them was incredibly fleshed out. They almost all had a small back story that brought them to life.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is chilling and atmospheric. Some would say the story is slow but it kept me captivated the entire time. I highly recommend it. Even for those of you that have sworn off vampires.