Hey, beautiful! Today, I have another book review for you!
As you can see from the title, I’m going to be reviewing The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black.
I’ve never really read any vampire books, so I decided to pick one up, and it helped that it was kind of hyped up on book tube too.
Anyways, let’s just dive straight into this!!
Publication Date: September 3rd 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 419 pages
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.
I’ve never actually read a vampire book, now that I think about it. So when I got this craving (see what I did there…) to read a vampire book, I just felt like I was stepping into this whole world of a new sub-genre.
I’ve heard some good things about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, so when I saw it while I was on a stroll through my local bookstore, I just had to grab it.
Even the cover was just so… luring, I guess. It’s just so vague and mysterious that you just go ‘oooh, what’s that book about?!’
Anyways, I didn’t really know what to expect from this book, but it wasn’t at all what I got. I got something better….
I did love this book, but it didn’t blow me away. That’s what I want to say.
I loved the plot, and the characters, and the whole setting, but I felt like there was something that was lacking in it somehow. I can’t really place my finger on it.
I did read the physical book while listening to the audiobook, I just want to mention that, because it’ll play a role in what I’m gonna say in a bit.
To be honest, the first half of this book kind of dragged a bit, but the second half got a lot better and more exciting.
I really liked the part where Tana and the others first reach coldtown because it’s like you’re going through this whole situation with them, and the Holly Black’s writing really does help with that.
Holly’s way of describing this world is just so… vivid and beautifully frightening.
And even when she’s writing the description of the vampires, she doesn’t really portray them as this horrible, evil creature, but more like this person that has been cursed with this infection.
She makes sure to mention that not all vampires are evil, that some of them didn’t want to be turned, that they are somehow a victim. But she also doesn’t fail to mention that some of them actually are evil and frightening, some of them just want to eat you up, literally.
Now, I’m going to be writing about some of the characters.
For this book, I chose Gavriel, Aiden, Tana’s mother, Pearl (Tana’s sister), and Tana, our main character.
To start off, we have Gavriel. UgHhHh! I just UGH! I know that a lot of people wonder how the fuck you can think that a character’s hot even though you’ve never seen them. But I read his description and personality traits, so fuck you if you’re one of those people.
Anyways, GAVRIEL IS SO HOT! Now that I got that off my chest I can actually tell you why he’s so amazing.
He’s so charming and elegant, but with a mysterious twist. He has this way fo speaking almost in code; like he’ll be talking then all of a sudden he’ll say some quote from some book, or drop a poem on you or something like that.
It’s almost like you can sense that he’s an old soul in a young body. I would let him bite me any day!
Next, we have Aiden, Tana’s ex-boyfriend/only-other-survivor-of-party-massacre.
We do get a bit of a back story on what Tana and Aiden’s relationship, and from what we see, it’s really fucked up. It more like a game, and less like a relationship.
Aiden himself can be described in 3 words: a charming, romantic, lady’s man. He’ll just make you fall in love with him, and expect you to get mad at him when he flirts with girls (and occasionally, guys).
I feel like he goes through some really intense character development throughout the novel, so by the end, he’s a totally different person.
I’m not going to tell you if I like him or not because you’ll find that by yourself when you read the novel.
Now, I’m going to briefly talk about Tana’s mother. We don’t get to see much of her, we only get a couple flashbacks here and there.
The story is that Tana’s mum goes out one night and comes back Cold. I also forgot to mention: in this book, when people get the infection -bit- they get Cold. That’s just what they call it. Okay, back to the point. She gets cold then they lock her up in the basement to wait out the infection (it takes 88 days to wait out the infection). One day, her mum’s screams for help from the basement became too much for Tana to handle, so she went to go and open the door to let her out. That moment, her mum attacks her and almost bites her. She has to live with a scar for the rest of her life.
That’s kind of the backstory, and just for your information, Tana’s dad kills his wife -Tana’s mum- to stop her from biting Tana herself.
We don’t get anything more than that about her mum, so I just decided to mention that quickly.
Now, we get to Pearl, Tana’s sister. We kind of get to see a bit of her at the end of the book.
You can tell that Pearl is just so attached to Tana, ever since what happened to their mother, so when she does what she does at the end of the book, we kind of see how much she truly cares about her sister.
Lastly, we have Tana, the main character.
We how her whole persona and vibe changes throughout her journey, and that is by far all I want to see out of the characters.
We do get to see that she gets out of her little bubble and just decided to say fuck it and do whatever her little heart desires.
I’m not sure I agree with most of the things that she’s done in the book, but I do like her as an overall main character.
I gave this a 3.5/5 stars on Goodreads.