The Coldest Girl In Coldtown

by Holly Black

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | August 12, 2014 | Trade Paperback

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown is rated 3 out of 5 by 3.
Coldtown was dangerous, Tana knew. A glamorous cage, a prison for the damned and anyone who wanted to party with them.

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. And 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 in

Published: August 12, 2014

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316213098

ISBN - 13: 9780316213097

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could Have Been Better This was just kind of meh to me. I am always a little skeptical about vampire books because they tend to go in the way of Twilight instead of Buffy and this one leaned more towards Twilight than Buffy. Which was disappointing. I do like good vampire novels but I don't qualify this as one. The beginning was great. Tana wakes up after a party and has to escape with her ex boyfriend and a vampire, Gavriel. The world building was pretty good, but the plot was ... lacking. It was difficult to follow and wasn't really that good. The idea of Coldtown ended up having a lot of holes and inconsistencies that were not easy to comprehend. The vampires in this novel don't really break any mould, but it was well-conceived enough. And the vampire mythology made enough sense that it didn't make me hate the book. Overall, the reason why I disliked this story is because of the characters. I did not like Tana at all. She was foolish and knew how dangerous Gavriel was (since he told her MULTIPLE TIMES that he was dangerous) and STILL went through with taking him along. Yet she does this ALL THE TIME. Literally every decision she makes is a bad one that puts her and her friends in danger. Aidan is literally the worst person ever. He is manipulative and treats Tana like shit. I was like excited that he was bi, but he used it as like a way to control Tana which I did not like. I was glad he was an ex boyfriend but seriously do not date someone like this. If someone manipulates you into doing something you are not comfortable with, please tell them to go suck an egg and leave them in the dust. Aidan also literally tries to to rip out Tana's throat, but she literally does nothing about this?? He says something semi clever and witty and she laughs and is like "oh no big deal." And then...Gavriel. This amazing, beautiful, old as balls vampire who just randomly falls for Tana. Because she saved him. He is super overdramatic. And he is weird? He like doesn't speak to people just makes statements at them. He also wants to kill people and Tana is like "okay cool how can I help!!" It is weird. I didn't like the love triangle that wasn't really a love triangle. That was unnecessary and I also didn't like how instant it was. There was just so much I didn't like. And the stuff I did like (the mythology, and the premise [minus the vlogging]) did not outweigh ... everything else. Especially the people who wanted to become vampires. I don't know. I didn't like it. Overall: 2.5/5 stars, it could have been better written and maybe not so much romance that didn't fit.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good I read this a while ago and really liked it!
Date published: 2015-06-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not worth it Wow this was such a big waste of time. Nothing is happening and when it's happening you can see it come from miles. The characters are poor, you don't get to really love one, the universe is no different from other vampire book. I was really excited to start this book and after 50 pages, I was ready to put it back in my bookshelf and not even finish it. Don't read this book, it is a true waist of time.
Date published: 2015-04-20

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The Coldest Girl In Coldtown

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown

by Holly Black

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 in

Published: August 12, 2014

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316213098

ISBN - 13: 9780316213097

From the Publisher

Coldtown was dangerous, Tana knew. A glamorous cage, a prison for the damned and anyone who wanted to party with them.

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. And 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.

About the Author

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), the Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and her new novel, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and a recipient of the Andre Norton Award. She currently lives in New England with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret door. Her website is www.blackholly.com.

Editorial Reviews

"Written beautifully, with a really rich setting and complex characters."-Veronica Roth, author of Divergent