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Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Scary Tales Thursday has come along again, and this week I have a review of a book I know a lot of people have been looking forward to reading. I was on the fence about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. I wasn't sure that the plot appealed to me that much, but I really liked Holly Black's Curse Workers series so I went ahead and added it to the schedule.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) I loved the way it started. This book starts off like a horror novel. Imagine waking up in a house after a raging party and everyone in the house except you is dead. If that's not a great hook, I don't know what is. So you jump in right away with this creepy mystery. But Tana knows what happened, and from there, the story develops a little more. 2) I think the way and the timing with which Holly Black releases the information and details about the plot is pretty fantastic. I noticed this in the Curse Workers series as well. Miz Black has a great sense of timing when it comes to plot development and it made the flow of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown easy to follow and enjoy. 3) Midnight and Winter. Recently (not just when reading this one) I've found myself following the secondary characters just as much as I've been following the main characters. Midnight and Winter were so completely different than Tana and the other MCs that they brought something unique to the story. They were funny and very...throw caution to the wind. Headed off to Coldtown because they want eternal life. And the development of these characters was just as good as that of the main characters, so they were easy to get to know. And because their purpose for traveling to Coldtown was so completely opposite of Tana's it gave me a new perspective as I was reading.

What I Didn't Like: There were parts of the story that were a little convoluted. A little muddled and led me in some confusing directions. Additionally, there were some parts that seemed to drag on a little too long. But other than that, I had no other complaints.

Overall Thoughts: Holly Black has added yet another good book to her shelf. There are some great characters in The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - and it's a perfect read for Halloween. It starts off with a bang and the whole story unravels from there. Sometimes the story became a little muddled, but I thought the settings, the plot, and the characters all came together to make a very interesting story. Is it her best...not in my opinion, but it was still a lot of fun to read!

My Rating: 3 candy corns


  1. I agree, some of the book was slow but it didn't seem to bother me too much. This is a perfect Halloween read. I loved the timed releases of information. Holly Black is awesome at that. Kept me fully interested. I loved the overall tone of the book too.

  2. I'd say I was pleasantly surprised, I've felt very worn out on vampire stories....but it IS Holly Black and I love pretty much everything she comes up with. She created another world within these pages that will suck you in. No pun intended. :)


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