The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Reviewed by Melanie on April 18, 2017


I’ve read a lot of vampire books. Vampire Academy, Bloodlines, the Sookie Stackhouse series, and even books about vampires that i didn’t realize were about vampires. I tried and failed to read Twilight after having a box set given to me. None of these books or series prepared me for the unique vampire story that this book is.

In Tana’s world, vampires are out in the open. They have dedicated Coldtowns and are even reality stars with their own shows. Vampirism takes a new twist, which I don’t want to spoil, but its a neat addition to the traditional vampire tale.

Tana, the protagonist, is smart, resourceful, and a great heroine. Her only short-coming in my opinion is her attraction to the vampire Gavriel. I feel like Buffy had the right idea, a good vampire is a dead vampire. While vampires tend to be over romanticized, this book didn’t focus on romance, but building the story itself.

I enjoyed the book, I especially liked that the vampires were more traditional than most. They can’t walk in the daylight, or survive on animal blood alone. I enjoyed the depth of the characters and Tana’s compassion. The end of the story made a sequel seem possible. I for one would love to read it.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Book Cover The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Holly Black
Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires, Horror, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Hachette Audio
September 3, 2013

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.

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