I haven’t read a lot of vampire books, but this is completely different to what I’ve tried. I adored The Coldest Girl in Coldtown! At times I was dubious. (There were slow sections that made me think I wasn’t going to rate it high.) But then — BOOM — the beautiful writing, the epic ending, the heart-stabbing backstory. I’M SOLD.
This needs to be a movie. It would be fabulous.
Confession time…I was dubious for the first 50%.
I didn’t understand a lot of the reasonings behind the plot. I also worried that I’d misread things because NOTHING MADE SENSE AT FIRST. But don’t freak out! That all sorts out. I got my answers. It turned into the kind of book that grew on me. The more I thought about it, the more I realised I loved it.
I just had to get past the initial, “So you wanna run the plot be me again, luv?” feeling.
The writing is gorgeous.
(It really reminds me of Cassandra Clare’s writing.) Holly Black is HUGE on the details, but they make the world real and you can see everything. Which is a bit scary in this book, because: Blood everywhere. Vampires. They’re so messy and unhygienic.
The characters? I have mixed feelings.
Our narrator is Tana. I liked her. But I struggle to describe her character to you. She was tossed around by circumstances, although she was brave and capable. Just…a little unrelatable. Gavriel is the psycho vampire she rescues. To sum up Tana, you’d say: she’s a rescuer. And I loved that she could rescue herself.
Gav took a while to grow on me, but he was insane. I like insane characters.
I also loved the death quotes (omg, that sounds bad) at the beginning of each chapter.
I’m not sadistic! I swear! I just…they were interesting, okay?
I felt really inspired after reading this!
Like I want to go write something epic and urban fantasy! I want to write better! I want to shout huzzah! That’s how I know I’ve read a good book.
Thanks Hachette for the review-copy! The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black came out in February, 2014.
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.
Cait is not normally fond of vampires because, on the whole, they’re usually not-ferocious and part-time supermodels. She believes in scary monsters. Vampires come scarily in THIS book. Currently, she’s inventing copious new books that she’ll never have time to write and craving corn chips and guacamole.