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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Book Review

Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Author: Holly Black
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: Standalone
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4 stars


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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.

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This is like a modern day vampire novel. I read in someone else’s review that it is like the zombie apocalypse but with vampires and I think that is a fairly accurate description. Of course there is romance thrown in.


The characters are anything special. They are pretty basic with very little depth. The only character with a history that we learned about was the hot and dangerous vampire that Tana rescued at the very beginning of the book. I liked how nonchalant he seemed about her ex-boyfriend being infected and craving blood. I loved Tana and Gavriel’s relationship. They weren’t all over each other but they wanted to protect each other until the end.

Midnight and Winter were really strange characters. I guess there are people like that in the real world though. I’m sure there are crazy vampire fanatics that would do anything to become a part of the undead. I wanted to knock some sense into them a few times.


The way the vampire apocalypse occurred in the book was interesting. I haven’t read many vampire novels where it is treated as a disease that infects people. It was also interesting how you are not instantly turned when you are bitten. There is the slight chance that you could remain human as long as you make it through the suffering period without drinking any human blood. It seems extremely difficult however.

The plot itself wasn’t extremely exciting but it wasn’t boring either. There weren’t many action scenes either. I think it had the perfect balance between action, suspense, and what I call the “in-between scenes.” The plot didn’t unravel too quickly.


The ending was probably my least favorite part of the book. Not that it was necessarily bad or anything like that, but it wasn’t really an ending. It would have been the perfect ending if there was a second book, but considering this is a standalone, I would have liked the ending to be more concrete.

In Conclusion…



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