Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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So last week I shared my five favorite books of 2013, but shortly after writing it, I finished a book that definitely deserved to be on the list, namely, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. Rather than trying to squeeze it in last minute, I decided to give it it’s own post. And here it is.

As I like to do with reviews, I’ll start with the Goodreads summary:
“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.”
For those of you wondering, yes this is a vampire book. But it is by no means just a vampire book.

As I tend to do with books that I wholly adore, I blew through all 400+ pages in 48 hours. Right off the bat, I knew I was reading a fantastic book—I was gripped from the first page to the last and I loved every moment of it.

Granted, I’m not anti-paranormal or sick of vampires, but even if I was, I suspect I would have loved this book just as much. This isn’t a girl-meets-super-sexy-vampire book, this is a book about survival and making difficult decisions to protect the people you love. This is a book with truly memorable and complicated characters and incredible twists. And as a bonus to some, it’s a standalone novel.

I’m going to continue to recommend this book to anyone who will listen, because I loved it that much. It immediately jumped onto my favorite books list and I hope to see more vampire books that are just as compelling and ultimately, perfect.

Have you read this book? What was your favorite book of 2013? 

Twitter-sized bite: 
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Laura Rueckert said...

I read it too. And loved it. Especially that line at the end. You know the one I mean. ;-)

Ava Jae said...

Ahhh the ending was so perfect!

mayceegreene said...

I urge fans of paranormal novels to read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown!
It's such an amazing read and is definitely one of the best books I have
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Tracy ThatFirstLine said...

The ending was something so special like.. OMG OMG OMG d'awwwww

Ava Jae said...

Agree! :D

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