The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

3.84 (66,568 ratings by Goodreads)
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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 165 x 241 x 38mm | 653g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0316213101
  • 9780316213103
  • 138,218

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"Black's compelling prose, descriptive yet direct, conjures a modern gothic world populated by cruel immortals, desperate humans offering themselves as food, and a few hardscrabble survivors. Tana is a winning heroine, by turns staking killer vampires and giving herself over to Gavriel's deep, smoldering kisses."--The Horn Book
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About Holly Black

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, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the 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
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Rating details

66,568 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 31% (20,693)
4 36% (23,739)
3 23% (15,120)
2 7% (4,936)
1 3% (2,080)

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I was really excited for this book and it was fantastic! Even better than I expected. Tana awakens at a house party to find corpses everywhere, killed by vampires who got in during the night. The only other survivor, her ex-boyfriend Aidan, who's been infected, meaning he's been bitten, and when he drinks human blood, which he'll crave, he'll make the transition to full vampire. He's been tied to a bed, and chained up beside him, is a red eyed vampire, a young man. Tana rescues them both from the vampires in the house who are just waiting for the sun to go down to attack again, but as she's climbing out the window, she gets a small bite. So not knowing whether or not she's infected, the best plan is for them to head to Coldtown. Coldtowns are walled towns made by the government to try keep the vampires in check. There are currently five in the US and they all have a live feed which is broadcast on tv. The vampire appetites are kept sated by the humans who flock to the Coldtowns with the hope of becoming immortal. Tana is an awesome MC and I just really took to her strength of character and personality. The secondary characters were also flawlessly done, in my opinion, and added weight to this story. My favourite of these was Gavriel, a few centuries old vampire, who stole my heart, along with Tana's. I enjoyed the plot and the action, even the gruesome and gory. There's quite a bit of bloodshed and death. And the romance is subtle but still really appealing. I'm disappointed that this is a stand alone. I'd have loved to see a lot more of Tana and more
by Suzanne Finnegan
A copy was provided through NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review I have been seeing quite a few mixed reviews out there in the blogosphere for Coldest Girl in Coldtown, so I wasn't too excited anymore to read it and I think this in and of itself is what allowed me to enjoy it as much as I did. My biggest issue, and what most reader might have a problem with as well, was the writing style. It's not that it was badly written, it was just that the way Black decided to write made it hard for me to really get immersed in the story. It's not only written in third person, but also there is just something a bit off about the whole thing. Like you are detached from everything that's happening, and yet at the same time I understand for what kind of tone Black was going for to tell her story and in that case she succeeded 100%. It just made it hard to feel connected to the events that were happening. Next up we have Tana. I'm still not quite sure I like her or not. I'm not indifferent towards her, I just like some aspects of her personality and others not so much, mostly because I just can't relate to that side of her. Tana is basically an adrenaline junkie even if it isn't said that bluntly. She likes danger, she likes feeling that rush and keeping some kind of sense of control. This fixation of hers is what leads her to rescue her jerk of an ex-boyfriend (which can I just say, that was one of the most dysfunctional relationships I have read about in YA) and the vampire that looked like he required some saving as well. Once that pivotal decision has been made, and the only that is somewhat questionable, the rest of the plotline flows quite nicely. We get some nice world-building and find out the story behind the Coldtowns and how it all came about. We are told how vampires in this world behave and what they go through during the transformation. I had been afraid that Tana was going to turn out to be just another special snowflake character but it isn't the case here and that's what I liked about her. She is just a girl trying to do the right thing after having had a very bad experience with what happens to people going Cold. I'm just going to say I really liked Tana after she got to Coldtown and the twists and turns that occur were excellent and I wasn't even expecting the major one. I only figured it out like a page behind the big reveal. Books that can keep me guessing that long or surprise me that well get a lot of love from me. If the writing style had been somewhat different this could easily have been a 5 star read. I haven't mentioned any of the side characters nor the major vamp character and that's mostly because I want you guys to figure them out yourselves I'm just going to say that they were all well done characters even if I didn't like some of them. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a book worth reading, just the writing style a try, because the story being told is an entertaining more
by Nyx @ Unraveling Words
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