The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black | Book Review


Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Author: Holly Black

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal 

Pages: 419 Pages

Release Date: September 3, 2013

Rating: ★★

“If she was going to die, she might as well die sarcastic.” 

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.


Okay, so I’m just going to start by saying that I very obviously did not enjoy this book. However, first I’m going to say the few things I did like about it. First, I usually HATE vampire novels because of how cringe-worthy they are. However, I actually enjoyed the vampire concept in this novel. Second, there were a few scenes I really liked, whether they were funny, action-packed, etc. 

Now, for the reasons I ultimately disliked this book. First, the writing was not for me at all. Extremely descriptive and VERY irrelevant; this book should have been A LOT shorter. There were just so many random scenes and flashbacks that didn’t add to the plot at all. Also, there was a writing change to a more poetic style when one character spoke. This was the only character I liked, but I literally never had any idea what he was saying. He spoke in these weird poetic riddles??? idek, super frustrating.

Next are the characters, who were honestly just dreadful. Let me start by saying that there was absolutely NO character development in this book. OVER 400 PAGES; it is honestly mind boggling. To add to that, there is one of the strongest cases of insta-love I have ever seen. The main character was so frustrating and annoying. One second she is on the ground cowering, and the next she’s laughing at something the guy she was cowering from said????? WHAT???? I could go on and on but honestly this book was just a huge miss for me.

Bad characters, all-over-the-place plot and pacing, and so. much. irrelevance. The very beginning was so gripping and I am just extremely disappointed. 😦

Thank you so much for reading my review! I really hope you enjoyed it, and if you want to chat about this, feel free to comment! 

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