Series: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown #1
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 2013-09-03
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Young Adult
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.
Okay, I’m going to apologize in advance. I finished The Coldest Girl in Coldtown three days ago, and I’m still not sure how I felt about it. I’m hoping that by just writing about the book, I’ll figure it out!
I think part of my confusion stems from the fact that I knew nothing about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown going into it. Seriously, I don’t know if I ever even read the description! I just bought it from Audible because so many people raved about it, and one day, as I was doing laundry to go away for a few days, I decided to start listening to it. I really had no idea what it was about. For some reason, I believed it was about ghosts. (Spoiler: It’s not. It’s about vampires. lol)
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is definitely creepy, and a bit graphic at times. It really reads like a horror novel. That’s not exactly what I was expecting going into it, but I actually liked it. It was a good change of pace from what I typically read, and I think I needed that, since I’ve been in a major slump lately.
I thought that Tana was a really interesting character right from the start, but I loved her character growth. And Gavriel was probably one of the most fascinating vampires I’ve ever read about it. I don’t even know what it was about him, but I just really liked him. I’m sure the narrator helped because I loved listening to her talk in Gavriel’s voice. There were other characters that just really surprised me, too. I definitely didn’t expect them to do things they did!
I can’t actually think of anything that I didn’t like about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. I thought it was a really good story. However, there was nothing about it that necessarily has me jumping for joy, raving, and screaming that you have to read it. Would I recommend it? Yes. Would I harass you until you read it because it was so amazing? No. But it was definitely good. It took me a while to get through only because my kids have not been too coooperative with me listening to audio books lately, but I was still interested. Speaking of, I would definitely recommend the audio version. It had music at certain parts (I love that for some reason!), and I thought the narrator did a great job. She differentiated most of the voices really well, but didn’t try too hard.
I thought the ending was pretty good. Tana definitely surprised me in a good way, and I definitely didn’t see the twists coming. I didn’t think it was part of a series, but it looks like it is (according to Goodreads). That’s good. The ending was one where it could have just ended, but it left enough open for another book, which I will definitely read.