“The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” by Holly Black (2013)
Genre: Paranormal, Fiction, Fantasy, YA
Book Length: 419 pages (hardcover edition)
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. (description from Goodreads)
Another great book by Holly Black! When I first looked at the title I thought it was going to be about zombies, even though I had read the synopsis. Cold=zombies=walkers (any Walking Dead fans?). Anyways, I really enjoyed Black’s new take on vampires, since there are already so many novels involving vamps in the YA section. I like how we are immediately thrown into the story from the beginning when the main heroine of our story, Tana, wakes up from a party surrounded by dead bodies. We then, as readers, are shown a new world where vampires roam the streets and also live in he famously, prison-like coldtowns.
The writing is detailed and the story is written at a good pace. This was the first book I’ve read by Black that didn’t involve faeries like her series “Ironside”. Which I highly recommend if you are a fan of those types of dark fairy novels. I enjoyed the cast of characters from the mysterious and dark Gavriel who ends up with Tana on the journey to the coldtown as well as almost turned vamp ex-boyfriend, Adam, who is in the phase of “I still have feelings for you even you I broke your heart”.
It is these characters, and action-packed and suspenseful story that makes “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” such a great reading experience.
Highly recommended for fans of vampire books, suspenseful books, or are fans of Holly Black’s previous works. This is a must read! 5 out of 5 stars! 🙂
Did you read “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”? If so, what are you thoughts on the book?