Review: The Coldest Girl In Cold Town by Holly Black

Posted 18 October, 2013 by Pushy in Blog, Featured, Giveaways, Pushy, Pushy Book Review / 10 Comments

I received this book for free from the 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 Cold Town by Holly BlackThe Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Macmillan on September 3rd 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 419
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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4 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.

Holly Black’s twist on vampirism, perhaps with more pathology than psychology, brings a fresh new look to the popular mythos of vampirism. I very much enjoyed the effort and thought that went into the world building Ms. Black created and how it was both familiar and fresh at the same time.

At it’s heart, this story is character driven. Tana and the people who enter and exit her orbit take center stage in this story. Her beautifully self destructive ex-boyfriend, and the vampire she saves, Gavirel interweave in her story beautifully. They’re such fascinating characters that I can’t wait to find out what happens next with them.

However as can be the case when there’s a complicated world to build, the world building can take some time. There were points where the narrative branches off into in depth world building that may take time but in my opinion is definitely worth it!

But for me, the best part was Gavirel!  Holy SNITZLE was this boy tortured and HOTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I can’t wait to see what comes next of him of Tana.  *fans self*

You know from Danny’s review earlier this year, that she loved this story too! But let us know, what did you think?

Rating 4


I absolutely adored the narration of this book.  Christine Lakin does a stellar job and if you’re at all inclined, this audiobook is a definite good choice!!  Her ability to fully flesh out and bring these characters to life was superb!!!  An amazingly well done job!!

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10 Responses to “Review: The Coldest Girl In Cold Town by Holly Black”

  1. Hahaha, holy SNITZLE! 🙂 Love it!
    I had fun with this book and might have even rated it 5 stars (which, admittedly, might’ve been one star too many, now that I think about it:P). I am not patient enough to listen to an audiobook – always wanted to and trust me, I tried many times, but I think I might have a bad case of ADHD when it comes to sitting and listening to someone read to me for hours.. xD
    I am, however, very curious how Gavriel *sounds*. He reminded me a lot of Lestat from Vampire Chronicles, and so I’d love at least listen to a sample of this audiobook in the future!

    Great to hear you enjoyed it sweetie! 🙂
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  2. As soon as you said character driven in your review I was sold. I love learning about characters personally and I do enjoy great world building. Sounds like the book for me.

    I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for the great review!
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