Summary: 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.
Review: This is the second time in just one week that I want to crawl under a rock and stay there for a while. Amid the glowing reviews here I am bestowing a very unsatisfactorily rating. Is it right to use the famous break-up line “it’s not you, it’s me?” I feel like it was just me who didn’t love this book. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not still tired of vampire books. I still devoured stories particularly those that manages to blend post-apocalyptic/dystopian setting novel in an urban fantasy plot such as this. I think these three novels can attest to that. But I just didn’t see myself relating to anything. And just like the title, I feel like I’m coldest girl in town for giving this book such a hard time.
If you still haven’t guess, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black is a vampire theme book. But vampires aren’t the regular sparkling ones. They are ruthless and violent. In fact, Tana had witnessed such cruelty when she woke up after a party and saw everyone dead. And what could have been fortunate event when she found out that her ex-boyfriend was still alive isn’t exactly was. Her ex, Aidan is now a Cold; he was infected with vampirism and on the brink of being one. She also found another mysterious guy named Gavriel. Together they decided to go Coldtown—a place for infected people and vampires; but once inside there’s no turning back. No one’s allowed to leave.
I remember being so excited to finally have my copy and read this. I went in, read the first page with a full smile on my face only to wither that happiness as I progressed. It did start impressively and if anything the author painted a very gruesome scene of what has happened to her friends. From the get-go it gave me the chills and high expectations. But that was it; it was only the beginning that I truly enjoyed. Once I passed that stage, I was turning page after page longing for that feelings to return. But I came up empty-handed. In fact, I didn’t get anything from it. It was so slow and it was confusing to me as well. In which the reason was also confusing too since it didn’t fail to give me the necessary information I needed. I pocketed those bits in my head in case I needed them. And it sort of backfired because they become one-dimensional in my head. None of them appeal to me. I know who and what they are but I just no longer care.
I think it is safe to say that isn’t for me. Truth to be told, I’ve tried White Cat, a book that was also written by the author and like The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, it failed to interest me as a reader. I DNF-ed White Cat because no matter how much I force myself to read it, I just couldn’t. At least this time I managed to successfully hit the last page. Although I finished it out of obligation rather than the pure joy of reading how the story ends.
Preview Quote: “They made it easier and easier to give up your life so your neighbors could have the illusion of safety.”