Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 3, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: An original take on vampires, but it was still pretty boring to me.
About the Book: 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.
Well, it seems like this is the year of disappointing or underwhelming books for me. I liked it, but I didn’t love it like I was hoping. I was looking forward to The Coldest Girl in Cold Town ever since I first saw the cover. There are a ton of vampire books out there nowadays, and I really liked the idea that this was a different kind of vampire book, which it is. Unfortunately, this book falls into the category where the writing is good, but the story itself is rather dull. The first couple chapters sparks your interest and it made me think this book had a lot of potential, but then after that, it fell flat. There were some high points along the way, like the vampire fights and plenty of gory moments, but most of it was pretty boring.
Another thing that got to me was that I didn’t really care for the characters at all. Tana started out strong, but along the way I lost interest in her and her story. I liked the chapters where we get a peek at her past, when her mother turned cold, but Tana, in the present, didn’t appeal to me at all. I didn’t like being in her head and thought some of her actions were weird. Gavriel was okay, but I didn’t feel anything towards him and Aiden was just plain annoying. I’ll admit, Gavriel was very sweet at the end and he certainly has his moments, but I don’t think there was enough of him, especially him interacting with Tana, for me to feel anything for him. Don’t even get me started on the twins they meet along the way.
It may be because I’m just tired of vampire books in general, I can’t see the appeal anymore and often find myself rolling my eyes at the mere mention of blood and fangs, but I honestly thought Black would take the vampire idea and go in a whole other direction that would have me engaged and entertained. I liked the premise of Cold Towns, bounty hunters, and all that, which I think Black did a great job with, but I just need more excitement and action in my books. Something to keep me entertained and holds my attention. I know a lot of people enjoyed this one, and maybe if you’re in it for the writing, symbolism, or imagery, then you’d probably like it, too. Do I think it was a waste of time to read? Not really, it did have its moments. Would I recommend to my friends? Probably not.