Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

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Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 14th, 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
Genres: paranormal, supernatural, vampires, young adult
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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.

I really don’t know if I liked The Coldest Girl in Coldtown or not. There were parts of it that were brilliant, but there were also parts that just fell flat for me as well. *hears gasps of unpopular opinion*

I liked the vampire lore in Coldest Girl in Coldtown. It was different and original, which is hard to find in vampire novels these days. The vampires themselves, or what we saw of them anyway, were really interesting as well, and I think they could have been more fleshed out or at least had more of an appearance in the book.

I also really liked the first couple of chapters – Tana waking up as she did in the aftermath of a vampire attack, the build up of the idea of going to a Coldtown. All that was leaning towards a really good plot. Then it kinda just slowed down and meandered down an occasionallly boring path. The flashbacks were kind of interesting but mostly just off-putting and made the whole thing take longer.

Gavriel was probably the main reason I finished the book, purely because I wanted to know more about him. He at least had some balls, and was, well, bonkers which explained his somewhat erratic behaviour. Everyone else was running around like they were having a competition to see who could wind up in the most trouble before dawn. Especially the creepy and annoying siblings Tana meets not too far from the Coldtown.

In the end it was a let down because I desperately wanted to love this book, and our relationship became more and more strained the longer I read the book. Tana was being idiotic for no real reason and basically running smack bang into danger as fast as she could, the brother & sister were weird and annoying, and the ex-boyfriend a tool. There were too many info-dumps and not enough plot, and the parts of the plot that were interesting weren’t fleshed out enough.

2.5 Stars

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