Book Review: The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

Title: The Coldest Girl In Coldtown
Author: Holy Black
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Pages: 448
Format: Hard Cover
Source: Bought
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal

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.

Let me begin by saying that this book exposed me to things that I usually stay away from. It's a stand-alone...and I run the other way from stand alone books. Honestly I don’t think I have ever read more than 10 stand alone books counting this one...I’m just a sucker for series! With that being said, I really enjoyed The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. 

The action begins from the very beginning when we meet the Tana who wakes up in a bathtub after a night of partying. Little does Tana know that she is one of the three people that survived the party. She wakes up to find all of her classmates dead...murdered by vampires. Now you are wondering, who were the other two survivors? One of them is Tana's ex-boyfriend Aidan who is now infected and turning vampire. The other survivor is Gavriel a mysterious boy with red eyes and sharp canines (vampire). Together, they embark on a journey to Coldtown a city within Springfield where vampires have a unique lifestyle. But, not everything is quiet as it seems in Coldtown.

This is the first book that I’ve read by Holly Black. I have read a lot of vampire book but I managed to find this one different and refreshing. In this story vampires feed from humans. Humans get infected and turned if the vampire doesn’t drain them completely while feeding. They are not immune to the sun. People hang garlic on their windows and use holy water to protect themselves. Vampires are vampires in this book! They don’t feed from animals, walk in daylight or sparkle. Nothing against Twilight because I love that series. I read it twice and have watch the movies countless time. It was just nice to read a book where the vampires are still villains!

Ok, so favorite character...hands down I have to say Tana. She is badass from the get go. She has gone through a lot in her life but still manages to make the correct decisions (in my opinion)! She had her own agenda and she didn't let other people influence her. She stayed true to herself and, I liked that! 

And what about romance? Well there was very little of that in this book. There is a love interest but we only seen a slim part of it, instead of the whole book being consumed by it. Again, different! 

I would love for Holy Black to write a sequel! With the way the book ended...the sequel would be pretty interesting. However, I liked that as I reader I can use my imagination and figure out where the story goes from where it ended. WOW, I just had an aha moment! I might start reading more stand alone books!


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