Friday, November 15, 2013

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

12813630Pages: 419
Release Date: 9/3/13 
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Rating: ☆☆☆
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.

Uh, this book was...something else. I did like it a lot, but there was just one thing that really pissed me off about the whole book. It was the fact that Tana, Gavriel, or some other character would be in the face of danger and the whole scene would be very intense, but then all of a sudden the chapter would end (which is okay) and then the next chapter will be a flashback.

Like, no. This is not okay. This is not okay. It's just simply not okay.

And okay, there was another thing that really pissed me off, but this sort of has to do with my previous fact.

I just really hated the way that this book was so slow. I bet if all those flashbacks were cut out (except for the one about how Gavriel's girl, you know, and how he became a vampire. Those were necessary), the book would be so much better, and the plot would flow so much more nicely. The flashbacks just created such a rocky atmosphere for the novel, and it didn't go well with the rest of the book.

I mean, no offense, Pearl, but if your sister is having a moment with Gavriel, I could really care less about you sitting on the couch, watching TV. Like really. I don't.

Anyway, other than those two facts, this book was decent. Gavriel was the only thing that saved this book from getting three stars on my part. Gavriel was just so hot, and I loved him. Of course it's natural for me to love the main guy character, but still. His background was genuinely sad and it made me feel for him, which is a big factor in characters to me.

I felt equally bad for Tana...the first half of the book. The second half was literally Tana just complaining about how horrible her life was because her mom died. Like, okay, girl, we've been through this. Your mom died. You don't need to relive the moment over and over again.

It was just small things like that that really got to me by the end of the book. Still, I managed to plow through it in one day, which says quite a bit about it. This is definitely a book that I'll read again someday. Who knows? Maybe I'll like it more after I reread it!

If you like hot guys, vampires, interesting characters, or all of the above, then this is definitely the book for you! It was a nice twist on vampires, and I was grateful from the switch from sparkly vampires to raging Cold humans.


  1. Ah, you didn't like it that much? :( That's extremely unfortunate, I loved it to bits and pieces! I can understand you and see where you're coming from though, and I think deep down I know there are some things about this book that other probably wouldn't like so much. Glad you still read it though, and you didn't hate it after all or anything, so.. great review! :3

    1. Yes, the only two things that I really disliked where the pacing and the cut intense scenes xD I liked the characters though. (: And no! I didn't hate it! The end was especially my favorite with Gavriel and Tana and all :3

      And thank you (:


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