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Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

October 29, 2013

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Vampires have made a resurgence and to deal with them the country has built walled cities called Coldtowns.  Vampires, humans, and the newly infected live in these Coldtowns and the outside world is aware of what goes on in these quarantined communities through blogs and other media.

Tana lives on the outside and, after attending a party with friends, wakes up to find almost everyone else dead.  The only ones left besides Tana are her old boyfriend and a boy she doesn’t know.  Scared out of her wits, Tana is determined to save the three of them but the plan she comes up with takes them straight to Coldtown.

When I was at BEA this year, it seemed that everyone was talking about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black.  When I said I don’t really care for vampire stories, I was assured that it isn’t really a vampire story – I was told it was a great story that just happens to have vampires in it.  All of the terrific buzz made me really excited about the book so I was thrilled when Lucy of The Reading Date offered to share her copy of the audio with me.

I have to admit that I went into the book with false expectations because, for me, it really is a vampire story.  Because of that, I think it’s unfair of me to say too much, but I didn’t really care for it.  It’s not that the book is bad, it’s just that it’s not my kind of book.  The characters, especially Tana, are great, and the story was fine, but I generally don’t care for dystopia or paranormal books and this one didn’t win me over.  If you’re a fan of either, you’ll probably want to give The Coldest Girl in Coldtown a try.

Lucy of The Reading Date sent me this book.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
28 Comments leave one →
  1. October 29, 2013 4:13 am

    I haven’t read any Holly Black books and based on your review, I am not going to read this one either.

  2. sandynawrot permalink
    October 29, 2013 6:34 am

    I read Holly Black’s “White Cat” (how could I not?) and I liked it well enough but I never pursued the series so…eh. I don’t horribly mind vampires but I’m not running out to grab this one either. I think I’ll bide my time and see.

  3. October 29, 2013 6:57 am

    Okay – love the creepy cover but Vampires – no thanks.

  4. October 29, 2013 7:13 am

    I thought it was fun, but not great.

  5. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 29, 2013 7:22 am

    Oh yah then it doesn’t sound right for me either. I have a strict vampire rule. I will cross it for playful and fun with vamps but not really for any other reason. Thanks for your honest thoughts.

  6. October 29, 2013 7:23 am

    I’m surprised you read this! I can’t wait to listen to the audio of this. I like Holly Black’s writing and I like vampires!

  7. Patty permalink
    October 29, 2013 9:56 am

    I loved this book and I sort of thought it might not be for you…but that’s why it’s so much fun to talk about books…whether we love them or not. I really don’t get how anyone could say it’s not about vampires…wow…I am thinking of the opening pages! It’s all about vampires!

  8. October 29, 2013 10:00 am

    Yeah, I’ve heard good things, but I haven’t tried it because 1) vampires and 2) I haven’t had the best luck with Holly Black.

  9. October 29, 2013 11:33 am

    I’m glad you gave this one a shot! Yeah, it’s definitely a vampire story and a scary one at that! Paranormal is not really my thing either but it’s fun to at least try one spooky read around Halloween time, right?

  10. October 29, 2013 11:36 am

    I enjoy paranormal and dystopia. I have this on audio and will probably enjoy it more than you did.

  11. October 29, 2013 11:57 am

    A lot of people do not like vamp stories and yet so many authors try to work vamps into the plot these days. Even with King’s new one, they aren’t vamps in the traditional sense but they are vamp-like in a lot of ways so you should probably know that before reading it. I still have to write the review for that one.

  12. October 29, 2013 1:31 pm

    Kathy, when I saw the title of your post, I didn’t guess what the book was about. I’m not sure if this book would be for me, either. Maybe. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book.

  13. October 29, 2013 3:09 pm

    Thanks for letting me know.

    I saw it at the BEA too and figured I wouldn’t like it. THANKS for the vampire confirmation. 🙂

  14. October 29, 2013 3:55 pm

    Hm, the library has it so will give it a go and see

  15. October 29, 2013 4:11 pm

    I have heard lots about this book too. I might give it a try if I see it at the library.

  16. October 29, 2013 8:30 pm

    Honestly, I read the description of this book and think “love triangle! run away!” and if I you liked it better, I might investigate if I’m correct but as is, I think I’ll go with my gut and avoid this one 🙂

  17. October 29, 2013 9:06 pm

    I was thinking this isn’t your kind of book at all! Sorry that it still didn’t work for you. I probably won’t read it.

  18. October 29, 2013 9:24 pm

    I hear ya. I’m listening to The Passage which people told me was not a vampire novel and while it’s not…it is. I’m not a vampire or dystopia fan either.

  19. lab1990 permalink
    October 29, 2013 10:27 pm

    I definitely would say this a vampire novel, based on what I know, so sorry you were a bit misled. I do want to read this though.

    lauren from

  20. October 30, 2013 1:07 am

    I love the cover, but I’m not a fan of vampire novels…or movies.

  21. October 30, 2013 9:31 am

    I love vampires in a traditional sense (like Dracula), but have a hard time with the modern renditions. Holly Black is an author I’ll eventually try, but not in any kind of rush.

  22. October 30, 2013 12:02 pm

    I’m surprised that people told you it wasn’t a vampire story, when it so clearly is! I’ve never read a vampire story, but I’m interested in trying this one out.

  23. October 30, 2013 3:47 pm

    I’m not big on vampire books, so I’ll likely skip this one. Too bad it wasn’t what you were told it was!

  24. October 30, 2013 4:26 pm

    Just from the description, it sounds like a vampire story. I do like stories like this so I may enjoy it. I’ll have to check out other reviews to see what others have had to say before deciding.

  25. bookingmama permalink
    October 30, 2013 6:15 pm

    Ugh! I’m not a big vampire fan either so I’ll probably skip this one.

  26. October 30, 2013 7:46 pm

    I love these kinds of stories. I would love to read this one.

  27. November 1, 2013 4:57 pm

    Yeah, this one is not for me either.

  28. November 4, 2013 11:04 am

    I love both the paranormal and vampire stories as you know. I hadn’t heard of this one so I’ll have to check out the audio for sure. Sorry it wasn’t for you though.

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