The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Pages: 419   ColdestGirl

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Date Published: September 3, 2013

Synopsis 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. 


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.


All hail Holly Black. She has successfully restored my faith in vampires novels. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is gorgeous inside and out, and also one of the best vampire tales I have ever read.

The concept of the coldtowns and the effect they have on society is by far more scarier than the vampires themselves. It is completely believable to picture so many people romanticizing the gruesome truth  and watching it play out on their computers. The dark thrill running through the whole novel was really well done.

 Can we take a moment to talk about the awesomeness that is Tana? No matter what cards she was dealt, she would just deal with it and find a solution. Tana was decisively clever and incredibly easy to admire. And her romance with Gavriel? To die for (sorry, had to fit that in there somewhere). She demands respect from one of the coldest, most BA vampires and gets it. Even though she herself isn’t a vampire, she stays an equal in the relationship, which was just fantastic. Don’t fear that the romance dominates the book: it doesn’t. It’s very spare, but really well-written.

Throughout the story, Tana’s race to save herself and the others kept the story at a brisk pace. The desperation and suspense slowly build up until you’re just as frantic as Tana.

The final showdown was hands down my favorite part. Tana leaps off the pages with her bravery and resourcefulness. I wanted to put the book down and applaud her. All the pieces came together to make a satisfying but by no means predictable ending. 

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was my favorite vampire novel of the year, though it was much more than that. Its originality and suspense and darkness drew me in and the characters made me wish I could be a part of the action. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown will be a book that I reread year after year.