Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Posted October 4, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review , , / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly BlackThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Published by Brown for Young Readers on September 3, 2013
Genres: YA
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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 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.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was my first book to read by Holly Black.  I’ll definitely be checking out her other books.  Apparently I’m in a whimsical writing mood because that seems to be all I’ve been reading.  While the story content is dark, I felt like the writing flowed very well, and it was poetic.

The characters are great.  They all have a story.  Some of them aren’t necessarily bad, but a few have a tortured past that seems to bring them to where they are now.  Tana is strong.  Some may say otherwise because of how she handles things.  But it takes someone with guts to even consider entering a Coldtown.  Aidan has selfishness behind a lot of his actions.  He doesn’t know how to let things go, and thinks he has to do the most extreme things to be noticed.  Gavriel is my favorite.  He’s funny even when he seems kind of insane.  He really wants to be better, or at least a better version of himself.

I love the concept of the Coldtowns having live feeds and being broadcast.  Everyone loves reality TV.  Well, most people do anyway.  The relationships I think carry a lot of weight in this book.  Each person has a way of dealing with obstacles.  These decisions effect how loyal they remain to those around them.  There are a couple of pretty intense scenes, with action, but mostly we focus on Tana, and how she will come out of this whole situation.  And the ending!!!  It was awesome.  I loved it!


Favorite Quotes:

“Tana could see that Midnight wasn’t listening.  Her mouth was slightly open, fascinated, a mouse in love with a snake.”  location 975
“After courting the devil’s attention for so long, it seemed that at last the devil had come for him.”  location 2623
“He was beautiful the way the devil might have been, just before he fell.”  location 3887
“We all wind up drawn to what we’re afraid of, drawn to try to find a way to make ourselves safe from a thing by crawling inside of it, by loving it, by becoming it.”  location 4677
“But the third option, the possibility that there’s something monstrous inside of us that can be unleashed, is the most disturbing of all.”  location 4880
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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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