Sunday, May 11, 2014


By: Holly Black
Published By: Indigo
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 419 Pages


Blurb: Goodreads

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.

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

Holly Black is the author of the Spiderwick Chronicles and the popular Curse Workers series among other works. This is my first book of Holly’s I have read.

The sticker on the front of my library book stated dark, decadent and seductive.

This tale is certainly dark and decadent, I was more seduced in the last one hundred pages.

These thoughts are just my one personal opinion.

I thought this story got off to a promising start. Tana and Aidan are the only survivors of a sundown party that has gone deathly wrong.

Tana woke up in the bathtub to find the farmhouse full of students, all dead.

Aidan was the only other survivor, he was bound to the bed posts and his mouth duct taped up. A vampire boy was gagged and chained beside the bed.

Let this tale of very quirky, sometimes a little kooky characters begin.

I am all up for a different tale with quirky characters and intrigue. 

Aidan likes guys and girls. Well, good on him. There is a character who enters the story who started off male, or still is male underneath it all??? not quite sure of what I should have been assuming there. That is all cool cucumbers.

This is a YA read, I understand, but not for the too younger YA end of the scale. I can see why. There is blood shed, and sharp things being used to do things to humans. There are tubes and blood drinking and it is indeedy, decadent.

All nice and different.

What I had trouble personally with, is the story got off to a strong start, for me, but then for the next 300 pages, I was a little up and down interested. I thought there was so much more potential for excitement. Things kind of turned out too easy for Tana. I didn’t quite understand why she had to put herself inside Coldtown.

I understand she thought she could be infected, but it’s a big leap from thinks, to is, when you know what Coldtown is all about. 

Coldtown is essentially a one way trip, you can get out with a marker. I've handed my book back, I think it was called a marker. It is a token that is coin shaped and you can use it to get released from Coldtown, as long as you aren't cold/infected or a vampire. But you have to have something to trade for this marker.

Tana could have just dropped off her bundle and left, but she HAD to go inside. She could have waited to see if she was infected. I kind of felt she wasn’t at the time because other’s showed signs , quicker. I know what I was told, but it felt a little forced the reasoning for putting her in there.

Funnily enough I thought the best part of the story was when she was inside Coldtown. I think I just needed a more dashing, daring, plausable reason for her winding up inside Coldtown. I get that it seduces kids.

The footage that is downloaded for the people outside Coldtown to watch, sounded exciting to be a part of, but that is not why Tana was going. The groupies she picked up along the way, were seduced by it.

I didn’t understand why the bounty wasn’t accepted, even by the tag alongers. Winter knew in the end, but nobody said anything. I'm being cryptic as I am trying not to spoil. 

I was like, ‘huh?’

Also nobody knew at the gate who the most wanted person was?


The last one hundred pages I really loved. Like I totally dug them.

It’s really hard to explain how I felt reading this book. Holly can most certainly write. I visually saw her dark world of vampires, the coldtown and how it seduced kids to drive to it and want to be a part of it, but it wasn’t all that exciting for me the lead up to Coldtown.

I think I had trouble with it all flowing. I found myself jumping around between characters, which is fine, but it really only made sense to me in the last one hundred pages.

Which is ok. But I wasn't really connected with the lead characters for the most part of the book.

I got a kickass twist, that I loved. But, sadly for me three hundred odd pages were quite ho, humish. I mean not to be rude. But I wasn't on the ride I thought I would be on.

The more I read and understood about Holly’s vampires, the more I questioned the ‘why’ that Tana was the only kid to survive that party.

I mean, why?

Vamps can hear your heart, smell your blood. She was only having a kip in the bathtub. Never the less, she was the survivor and Aidan was going to be dinner, but this is where the story starts.

Did I like Aidan? I think I did. I did by the end. He was a hard character for me to hang on to.

Gavriel. I liked him. He is a very odd character. Quite deliberately odd. We have to keep reading to know more. I found I liked Gavriel more in the last one hundred pages and I understood him more.

Jameson, I LOVED his character from the get go. I really connected with him. He kept me turning the pages.

I think this is a book you are either going to be throwing five stars at, or you are going to be like me, you got to the end, but you have questions. I wondered about their cell phones. I mean, eventually Tana did plug in and recharge hers, but it was quite odd they had them could talk to their friends outside if they wanted to, but nobody ever really said that Coldtown was a bit of a lie. It wasn’t what everybody on the outside thought it was.

Parents seemed to easily give up their children, or kids just did what they wanted, anyway. I could see what Coldtown was about once I entered those last hundred pages, but the world on the outside, I am still a bit stumped about it.

Yeah. I think I was personally missing some believability of some areas of this fictional tale.

I am glad I read it and got to the end to find the twist and I did like the couple of hot moments between Tana and Gavriel.

This tale is different. I personally would have liked to like it more.

I am really looking forward to reading the two books in the Curse Workers I have had sitting on my shelf for too long, unread.

He bent down and picked up Aidan, slinging him over one shoulder. “We’ll get you another day,” Gavriel said, with such odd sincerity that she had to smile.



  1. Great review Mich! I've never read any of Holly's books either although I do own a copy of the first Spiderwick Chronicles book and goodness knows how popular her books are. This book sounds really good though and it is on my TBR list :)

    1. Rach, I think you need to pop to your library and nab this one and have a read, and see what you think. I am interested to know what your thoughts are :D

  2. Oh I heard so many great things about this book so I'm glad you had a good time. I need to try this author one day! It's nice to see that it's a YA but not for younger people too. Thanks for your interesting review.

    1. I was very up and down, but I did enjoy the latter part of the story more :D

  3. Great review, Michelle! I've been curious about this one but for whatever reason, hadn't picked it up yet. I read Black's Tithe series and although I enjoyed it, I think I would use the word quirky for it as well. Anyway, I think I'll pick this one up at the library this summer. :)

    Have a lovely day!! Happy Mother's Day!

    1. Thanks Brandee, I was curious and I have been wanting to knock back something from Holly for ages. I know I have her first two Curse Workers here, but this one had always caught my eye. I have looked at her Tithe's series too. I would like some other bloggers to read this and tell me what they thought too. I wanted to like it more than I did, but it was still enjoyable :D

  4. Thanks for the detailed & wonderful (as always) review, lady, I don't think this is for me as of the moment though. not only do I rarely read YA anymore, vamps are not my thing.

    1. Lady...heheheee :D Awww come on , you get back into reading some YA. Not saying this one, but I love Gena Showalter's White Rabbit Chronicles. This one wasn't really a hell of a lot about vamps. It was kinda quirky :D


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