The Coldest Girl In Coldtown

Hardcover | September 3, 2013

byHolly Black

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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.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtownis a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

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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 ...

Holly Black is the bestselling author of 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, andThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner A...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.5 inPublished:September 3, 2013Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316213101

ISBN - 13:9780316213103

Customer Reviews of The Coldest Girl In Coldtown


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another amazing book by Holly Black This is the second book by Holly Black that I've read. My good friend turned me onto this author, and she knows me so well. We read The Darkest Part of the Forest right when it came out, and months later, when I needed a break from a lot of less pleasant reading and needed something that guaranteed fun (Holly Black), my clever friend recommended I start here. I'm relieved I followed her advice. When I've read one or two books by an author (and in general, those books are completely characteristic of their strengths-wheelhouse), I'm confident I've found an author I can count on to love at least 75% of the time. I can count those authors on one hand, and Holly Black is the most recent one. What I love most about this book is probably the main character, Tana. She just gets stuff done. I really like the way Holly Black set up the vampire story and formation. I hate to admit that my mind went straight to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, since I think it's one of the more famous vampire stories. This is no Twilight, but I suspect people who liked Twilight might like this book. The writing style is creative and colorful without being overwhelming or too full of details. To say more of what I love about this book would be to include spoilers, which seems to not be allowed here. But GR has a bunch of reviews, including mine, so there you go. You can check out my full review here: Overall, highly recommended.
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from more than a vampire book I really loved this plot. It some how was more than a vampire book with its love, lust, and of course, death and blood, it was a tad about friendships, family, and wondering if a monstrous things changes someone or if a monster is just deep in the shadows all along.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great modern twist on vampires! Very great book. Easily a new fave. Good book for people who enjoyed the Anne Rice vampire chronicles. This book also features many GSMs with their characters which is very nice! 
Date published: 2014-02-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After The vampire trend in YA books seems to be dying down, but I'm still interested in reading books that have a creative twist on an old favourite. The synopsis for Holly Black's new release initially drew me in, particularly because of the Coldtowns introduced in the book. Unfortunately, I didn't quite get the creepy, intriguing book I desired and was left feeling a bit disappointed with the story. Reason to Read: 1. Coldtown is a great setting: The Coldtowns are a main focus of the story, and easily the most fascinating aspect. There's so much mystery and eccentricity stemming from Coldtown; I couldn't help but want to know more about the place and I was eagerly awaiting the characters' arrival in Coldtown. I also thought that was a great approach to take in a story where vampires are real and the world is trying to learn how to handle that reality.  The beginning of the book had me hooked very quickly, but unfortunately that just didn't last. The pace slowed down considerably early on, and I found it dragged on for a while. Much of the story seemed to revolve around Tana's internal thoughts and feelings about the events taking place around her. As a result, she didn't seem grounded in the story at all.  On top of that, I couldn't connect with any of the characters in the slightest. I was indifferent towards them, at best. They never really grew on me, as much as I wanted to be invested in their lives. Their personalities weren't consistent, and the ending didn't feel like a natural result of characters' decisions but simply because the plot demanded it.  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is well-written, but I found it difficult to be excited about the story or care about the characters.  Review copy received from HBG Canada for review; no other compensation was received. 
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Vampire Story My first ever Holly Black read and I had pretty high expectations for this one. I’m not overly tired of paranormal books and I still rather love the vampire genre. I’m pleased to say that Holly’s take on vampires had me become a fan of her writing. Holly writes with a storyteller’s great tone of voice and it’s clearly evident in her latest book The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. The pacing is fast and her writing is fluid. The only thing I had trouble grasping was the back and forth chapters of the past and present. It felt too sudden, too invasive and I found myself forgetting what happened in the other parts of the story. I know the past tense was important for the overall character development and storytelling, but I had trouble following it. I loved the story and how Holly weaves it into a vampire world where they’re treated as reality show celebrities. That was something different. I also liked how the transformation of becoming a vampire wasn’t so immediate. It gave the book that much more tension. Overall, I really enjoyed Holly’s take on vampires and I’m sure she has many more stories to tell. I’ll be on that list to buy all her future books!
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great read Thank you Holly, I loved reading this book.  It reminded me of some of your earlier books that I really liked.
Date published: 2014-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down This is definitely not a sparkly vampire book where the vampires are good people and don't kill and yada yada yada. This is a bloody, gritty book that does nothing to romanticize the vampires. It makes them cold and callous with a touch of humanity. By the time you reach the end you're wanting to read more and wishing for a sequel. The heroine of the story isn't some perfect goody two shoes either. She doesn't like killing but also won't hesitate to kill. She spends most of her time ruining her clothes with blood (both hers and the blood of others). Buy despite all that, and maybe even BECAUSE of all that, this book is an incredible read from start to finish. It makes you want to keep reading and quit reading all at the same time. I highly recommend this one
Date published: 2013-10-04

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"This is a solidly paced adventure studded with the occasional steamy encounter, so readers familiar with Black's mix of emotional depth and outstanding world-building will not be disappointed."