Book Review: ‘The Coldest Girl In Coldtown’ by Holly Black

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“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”

Rose-Worthy Features

I love a good sassy character and Tana was the perfect sassy character. Full of clever combats and an edgy personality, I found Tana to be a really interesting main character. She has a mysterious past and she doesn’t like feeling vulnerable. Tana character developed as the book went on with her facing her fears and leaving her family.

Gavriel was something. Imagine Klaus Mikealson, Damon Salvatore and add a hint of crazy and bam that’s Gavriel. He was very dark and mysterious, which makes him and Tana an interesting pair.

Just being straight forward the plot was not my favorite but it did feel like I was I watching a movie. Holly Black writes amazing books with amazing writing like, ‘The Cruel Prince’. I liked that it was told in third person, I think that’s what gave me the movie vibes of this book.

The relationship between Pearl and Tana was probably one of my favorite aspects of this book. It reminded me a lot of Elena and Jeremy’s relationship. It was sweet but also protective and you could tell straight away that Tana was protective of Pearl and that Pearl completely adored her older sister.

Thorny Features

Everyone knows a good villain when they see one, or in this case read about one. Lucien was not the type of villain that had me shaking in fear. He had the type of personality similar to Klaus but weaker. Klaus is the definition of a (hot) villain, Lucien was just this guy who was rich, powerful and wore a smirk on his face. Throughout the book I got more villain vibes from Gavriel compared to Lucien.

The plot wasn’t there for me. I had so much higher expectations, this book has been on my tbr since middle school and it let me down. This book took me three weeks to finish and it was mostly because of the plot. It was to slow for my taste. I kept waiting for something to happen until it didn’t.

Like The Vampire Diaries, this book had a love triangle but it was probably the weakest love triangle I’ve ever read. There was the charming ex-boyfriend Aidan and the mysterius Gavriel, but the love triangle was more like a faded back up triangle.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 2.5 out of 5. I had higher expectations for this book, so much higher and it definitely let me down at some aspects. The characters were interesting but by far not my favorite characters from Holly Black. If you’re into slower plotted books then this may just be your new favorite book. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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