DNF: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black


12813630Tana 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.


The Coldest Girl in Coldtown has been on my TBR list since I’ve heard of it. I haven’t read very much by Holly Black, but the cover was just too awesome to pass up. I was a little nervous to start it, because I’ve been seeing a lot of mixed reviews on this book. Unfortunately, I ended up being one who didn’t like the book at all.

The biggest problem with The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was the main character, Tana. She was a very boring character to read about. She seemed very closed off and it was really hard to relate to her at all. Because I didn’t like her, it was really difficult to care whether she lived or died, if she got the boy, pretty much what happened to her in general. I just didn’t care. Likewise, all of the other characters were very bland. I didn’t have one character that I truly liked, which eventually led to me stopping halfway through and skimming the rest.

I’ve heard some people say that this is an awesome vampire book, like nothing you’ve ever read about before. I’m here to tell you that that is a lie. It took almost 200 pages into the book for an action scene to even happen, and when it did happen it was really minor. The vampires themselves didn’t seem all that scary. Some were, yes, but others functioned like normal human beings. Closer to the end of the book more action scenes happen, but they still didn’t grab at me. I wasn’t very impressed. I wasn’t cringing in horror and lifting the blanket to cover my eyes. I was really just bored. And I was also really confused by the whole plot. It seemed to me that Holly Black’s intention was to make her vampires scary, which she failed massively on. So why was the main character all about saving the vampires and considering them friends? Why was she all on board for going and living with them when she knew she was probably going to die? It really made no sense. Everyone else was scared of the vampires, but this little group of vampire fanatic freaks were all about them. That also made the fighting and action scenes really ridiculous and cheesy. I couldn’t feel pity for anyone who was willingly going to hang out with or save a vampire.

In my opinion, I don’t consider The Coldest Girl in Coldtown to be a romance. If you ask me, there were too many guys floating around. There was a bit of an attraction between Tana and one of the vampires, but I never fell in love with them. It was also very minor. I would have liked to see a little more romance somewhere, somehow. I also wasn’t a big fan of the human/vampire relationship thingy. It made me think too much of a Morganville/Twilight rip-off.

One thing that I will give The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is that it was very unpredictable. If you’re looking for a book with a lot of twists and turns and WTF moments, this is the book for you. Holly Black seemed to be going all out to make sure that her readers could not guess what was going to happen next. My mouth dropped open more than once from pure shock. Unfortunately, the book was already so boring that those moments just didn’t make up for it.

Overall, this book was not for me. However, I do think that it is going to have a large fan base. It really just comes down to preference. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the plot, any of the characters, and I found it to be very weird and not scary at all. I would have preferred a little more horror in this type of book, especially when there wasn’t a romance to smooth it over. This one just wasn’t for me.


Pages: 432

Source: ARC provided by publisher

Publication Date: September 3rd, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Rating: N/A due to DNF

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