Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
I won’t lie, when I picked up this book I was not expecting vampires. Paranormal? Yes. But the synopsis is a bit misleading, like the book itself, and lures you into a story of dark vampires with mediocre plot development. The only thing that kept me going was the delicious presentation of the audio storytelling. I listened to this book on my commute throughout the month of February, which ironically was the coldest month in my state. So while I endured the chilly drive to and from work, I loudly complained to myself about the characters, plot, and pacing. So if you saw me on the road talking to myself like a crazy person, I apologize. 

 The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 3rd, 2013
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Buy: B&N | Indiebound | Amazon

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. (Goodreads)
3 Things You Need to Know About This Book:

1. Vampire lore galore. One of the things I really liked about this book was the unique telling of vampire lore. Each book I pick up has a different take on the myth, and Black’s perspective is a dark and twisty one. These vampires are not cute and self-sacrificing a la Stephenie Meyer. They are evil, ancient, and unafraid to reach beyond the dark fringes of humanity. There were a few descriptive scenes that made my stomach churn, but over all I enjoyed the realm that Holly Black created. 

2. Prose that makes my heart flutter. In the past I have not been a Holly Black fan, but with this novel I was pleasantly surprised. While the plot and character development trudged on painfully, it was executed in beautifully written prose. Black has the ability to evoke a range of emotions in several sentences, making you feel a whole gamut of emotions. 

3. This book beat the metaphorical dead horse, then proceeded to kick it, stab it, and beat it again. This book took far too much time wrapping up loose ends. I found myself wishing I had a physical copy of the book so I could skim the last 100 pages. Alas, I was stuck in my car in rush hour traffic, cursing this book, my existence, and all the other cars that managed to piss me off along the way. Be warned my friends, make sure you are committed when you begin an audiobook. 

Final Thoughts:
This book was overall enjoyable. It is one I would check out at your local library if you are looking for a dark, vampire read.

I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads.

1 comment:

  1. I read a short story based on the world in this book. It was in Holly Black's short story collection called The Poison Eaters. I was so put off by the writing/editing in that one that I've avoided the author ever since. Seriously... a character's name changed for two paragraphs in one of the stories!


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