Edgy and Kick-Ass – The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Posted 6 August, 2013 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review / 24 Comments

Edgy and Kick-Ass – The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly BlackThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on September 3rd
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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5 Stars

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.

As soon as I read “Vampires” I was sold! I just love Vampire stories and recently they haven’t been enough of these out there, so when Coldest Girl in Coldtown was announced I was ecstatic! Thankfully, I was able to get a copy signed from Holly Black at BEA, and after reading it, I’m even more excited! 

Scary – Eerie – Edgy! Vampires in Coldtown are … not so nice creatures!

The world in “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” was absolutely outstanding and refreshing! Vampires are out in the open and everyone knows about them and … also fears them. Because Vampires are definitely not nice creatures. They are dark and they are dangerous and you should truly stay inside during night if you want to life! But most Vampires exactly live in exile towns called Coldtown where they can do whatever pleases them. Yeah, scary! Because of course, also humans live they, as usually deeply fascinated with immortality and vampires.

And let me tell you this whole concept and world-building was extremely dark and eerie, which made “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” just more fascinating and exciting!

And the story already opens with a super shocking and super bloody scene that set the mood for the whole story! There is nothing romantic about a bloodbath where 20 kids are slaughtered!

Tana – kick ass! Go Tana! Go!

There is so much to say about Tana – but in short, she is an incredible and excitingly fleshed out heroine! The moment she realizes that she might have been bitten, she knows she has to go to Coldtown in order to not protect the humans around her! Instead of being frozen with fear, she took action and made hurtful decisions. this showed her real inner strength and already there I admired her deeply. But Tana also has such a good heart, she’s not just kick ass and cold, she cares deeply about humanity. She would never hurt another human if there is a change to save them, even if it would cost herself!

Tana is a heroine! A True wonderful heroine we all love reading about so much! She shines with personality and gives a warming touch to this cold and eery story!

Bloody – Scary – Sexy! A perfect mix!

Holly Black is a master in storytelling and not only did she develop an outstanding new world, she also gave us enough back story to understand without loosing touch with the story. The pace, though sometimes a little slow, was just right with a strong, shocking, fast paced opening, a little slower middle part but then, she hit us with a twisted ending that left us hanging and gasping.

The romance between Tana and Gavriel was .. interesting! I was honestly hoping for a little more, but there were some truly lovely and also some truly hot, sexy scenes. Again, the perfect mix where nothing comes to short and nothing is overplayed!

A few closing words about Gavriel! Hot and mysterious, he’s the perfect love interest for Tana and for us. He is surrounded by a layer of mystery that keeps us guessing and guessing, but also shows some truly lovely moments that make us swoon!


Bewitched Rating

Bottom Line

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black was a brilliant and exciting new take on vampires, full of twist and definitely not for the faint hearted. Bloody, scary and sexy – The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a must read for all Vampire lovers and for all lovers of dark and edgy tales!



Book Trailer

Seriously, you must watch this trailer because it’s perfect and it’s epic and … I love Tana!!!

Additional Info

The first 8 Chapters are for free right now on amazon! So go and see the awesomeness for yourself!!
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24 Responses to “Edgy and Kick-Ass – The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black”

  1. “The romance between Tana and Gavriel was .. interesting!”

    Hmmmm. That has me curious Danny! Interesting normally isn’t a word you use to describe romance, so I really want to know what goes on between them now. I’m sure I’ll hope for more if you did, but I’m glad we get some steamy scenes. Can’t wait to read this:)

    On a personal note, I hope your day is a bit less crazy than yesterday’s was! Love you:)

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    Danny 8/7/2013

    Yes I couldn’t put it any other way!! There is definitely some chemistry between them but there is also more !! I just wished a little more romance. But it was still fine as it was.

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  2. After devouring the Spiderwick Chronicles in sixth grade, I will just about sign on for any Holly Black book ever. And this one sounds sooo good! I’m not a big fan of vampires (I’m sorry but Twilight gave me MORE than enough) but I’m excited to see a different portrayal in this book. And THAT TRAILER. Get me a copy of this book now.
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    Danny 8/7/2013

    Hehe this book had nothing to do with twilight!!!! It’s dark and edgy and bloody! There are no sparkling vampires either!! You should definitely read it as it it’s super unique.

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  3. YEAH! I loved this book, too! Tana was awesome I loved her as an MC and the writing is what I loved the most. So gory and right up my alley! GLad you enjoyed it too, Danny! Sorry to have missed you at BEA – next year we have to text and meet up!! (if you’re going!)
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    Danny 8/7/2013

    Oh I’m definitely going again next year!!!! It as really sad we didn’t meet ;-((( this book was one of my first reads from BEA

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  4. This is so not what I was expecting out of this story. I was thinking it would be set in the past and had no idea it was about vampires. It looks and sounds great. Guess it goes back on the list! Danny, seriously, I cannot keep buying all these books you are gushing about!!! Stop the madness!!! I’ll be living on the streets, me and all my books!!!
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    Danny 8/7/2013

    Giggles! I’m so sorry heather but I read some amazing books and you know me, when I love something I an barely hold back my deep love!

    I was also not sure before I read it and also expected a historical setting for some reason. I was excited when j found it to be rather contemporary.

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  5. Oh Tana sounds excellent and i love that it is dark and not sparkly! Did you say blood? Bring it..woot, adding to my list..thanks Danny!
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    Danny 8/7/2013

    Oh yes there is lots of blood in this one!!!’ These vampires are truly deadly and dangerous and yes, there some truly bloody scenes!

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    Angelica @ Paperback Princess 8/9/2013

    All the elements that a vampire novel should have!
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