Author: Holly Black (Blog, Twitter, Facebook)
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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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. Summary from Dust Jacket
I’ll admit it. I was drawn to The Coldest Girl in Coldtown because of the cover. I love it! Plus, I had never read anything by Holly Black yet and I thought this would be a good place to start.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, but what I got was a unique story that was fun, suspenseful, and even had a little bit of romance in it. I liked it a lot.
I loved the concept of the Coldtowns. I thought it was really unique and it seemed like a good way to quarantine the infectious vampirism disease. But, there’s a part of me that wondered if Coldtowns really could keep vampires in. I honestly don’t think they could, but I didn’t let that bother me too much as I read the story because it made for a good setting to the story.
Tana seemed a little aloof to me. I couldn’t quite pin down her motives or personality. She seemed to suffer from PTSD and maybe that was why it was hard to get a read on her. I really liked Gavriel, though. I loved how contradictory he was. He didn’t want to be a monster, but at the same time, he knew he was so he used it to his advantage.
I really liked the romance in The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, but I wanted more. There were only a few scenes. The romance wasn’t the main point of the story, so it didn’t take over the book. I liked that about it, but at the same time, I think I would’ve liked this book more if there was more romance in it.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a stand-alone book as far as I can tell. By the end, the main conflict is taken care of, sort of. (It actually depends on what you consider to be the main conflict.) But, the story is left open enough that if Holly Black wanted to write a sequel she could. I kind of want her to, so she could expound on the romance more, lol.
Anyway, I really liked the story and the characters, but as I said, I was left wanting more. Maybe, I’ll just have to go reread Twilight to get “the more” I want.