The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Release Date: September 3, 2013
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Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Publisher, NetGalley
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I first fell in love with the story of Coldtown several years ago when I read a story that Holly did in The Eternal Kiss anthology. I’ve been waiting for more of that story since then. I finally have it, I’ve read it, and it’s awesome.
It’s way toooooo long since I’ve read a book by Holly Black and it’s not for a lack of her having books out, because she has, I’m not exactly sure why I haven’t read them. It seems that every time I do, I love them. I am always amazed by her storytelling ability. I get so wrapped up in her worlds and her characters that all I want to do is read. And when I can’t read, I’m just thinking about when I can get back to it. It’s a vicious cycle really, like some kind of syndrome. Holly-Blackitis. Which really wouldn’t work if you think about it because the root -itis means inflammation and her books definitely don’t cause that. And I’m totally getting off subject, let’s talk about the book.
I know what you’re thinking. Vampires… Seriously? I mean vampires are so 2011. But no, really, give this one chance. There are vampires in it, but it’s really about this girl. A girl named Tana. And how Vampirism has changed her whole world. It’s hit her on a personal level. If anyone has any reason to hate them, Tana does. And somehow, she doesn’t exactly. And these vampires are written extremely well, so there’s that too.
The first chapter is epic. It’s a blood bath. I loved that there was blood. That these vampires where killers, although some were remorseful, they don’t make excuses for what they are. I knew in that first chapter that I was going love Tana. At times her actions seem impulsive, but I feel like she sees the bigger picture. Holly just has this way of writing characters that makes them so compelling and even if you can’t pinpoint why, it becomes an addiction to find out why! And I can’t fail to mention Gavriel. He is by far the most intriguing characters, and it’s not just because you have no idea what the heck is going on with him initially, but there is just something about him that is magnetic. Even though it seems absolutely crazy for Tana to be going to Coldtown with him, you totally agree with her choosing to do so. The whole time I was reading, I knew there was something going on with Gavriel and I never ceased to be surprised. Just when I thought we had it figured out, another curveball. LOVED it!
There is an element of romance in this one, but it’s really minute. I mean it’s there but at the same time it’s not. Surprisingly enough that didn’t bother me. I am all for a love story, but there was so much else going on in Coldtown, I didn’t find myself missing it.
The whole world that Black created with the Coldtowns and this history of vampirism, it’s just epic.
Bottom line. I loved it.
Is this a series? I don’t know. I would love to read more about these characters, but I did love the open ending.