The Coldest Girl In Coldtown


How did I get it?:
I bought it!


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.


I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now, so I was extremely happy to get my hands upon a copy on a recent trip to Foyles (Charing Cross Road, London). It’s such a beautiful cover. The writing feels like veins. Ew!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown in set in a futuristic world, where vampires have spread like an infection. There are Coldtowns all over the world, places where vampires are held to protect everyone else. People are beginning to go into Coldtowns of their own accord, but once they’ve gone in, they can’t go out again.

This is the first book I’ve read of Holly Black’s. I know, I know that’s bad! I thoroughly enjoyed Holly’s writing style though. It was so easy to read and she managed to say simply, what other writers put in way too complex sentences. In The Coldest Girl In Coldtown, Holly has created some amazing characters.

I thought what was clever about The Coldest Girl In Coldtown was the mix of a dystopian and paranormal genre. It felt unique. Holly Black’s vampires aren’t typical vampires either that so many books have explored. The plot wasn’t particularly action packed, but it didn’t need to be. I liked how the point of view seemed to alternate, although Tana was our main protagonist, it was nice to read things about Gavriel’s past and Tana and her sister Pearl’s past and present. I would’ve liked to have read more about Pearl. I think she was an interesting character.

I think The Coldest Girl In Coldtown is a fantastic, gritty read. It’s not quite a five star read for me, because I just felt it was missing something. I don’t know what. I can’t put my finger on it. However, it’s still a stonking good read and I think if you’re into the paranormal/young adult genre then you would enjoy this book too.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Tempting Fate- Jane Green

5 thoughts on “The Coldest Girl In Coldtown

  1. I’ve never actually read any synospis for this book, despite how much it’s been on my dashboard. I’m not a huge fan of vampires since Twilight, but maybe I’ll give them a shot with this one 🙂

  2. I didn’t like this one much. I thought it was okay, and Gavriel was definitely a memorable character, but like you said, there was just something that’s missing. I’m glad you still enjoyed it. ^_^

  3. Great review. I haven’t read any vampire books since Twilight, but this one has been on my TBR list for a while. Mixed reviews online, think I might borrow from the library, just incase I don’t like it.

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