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.
My rating: ✨✨✨✨✨
I’m pretty sure that you guys have already heard about this book, I mean it’s pretty popular, it’s been on BookTube and Booktube’s lover for a couple of years now, I haven’t heard anyone say that they don’t like this book, but even though I loved it really much, and it’s one of my all-time favorites now, I can see why people wouldn’t enjoy this story.
However the case with me is the complete opposite, I fell in love with everything in this book, it was a reread for me, I was just kind of bored, looking at my shelves and since I’ve done a couple of rereads this month, I thought to myself ”might as well do another one, just ’cause why not” reasons, am I right?
But I’m super happy with myself for deciding to read this again, because I found myself enjoying it even more. Now let’s get to the whys.
I’d like to start off by saying that I hate flashbacks, this is an unpopular opinion, but I don’t actually enjoying any kind of flashbacks in books, wether or not it’s a 2 years flashback or a 200 years flashback, I never find it interesting, I don’t really care about what happened then, even if it’s super crucial to the story, I just don’t care and I wanna get back to the present for some reason.
But that definitely wasn’t the case here, I enjoyed the flashbacks, I have zero clues why, but Tana’s flashbacks were interesting.
Don’t worry, this is not a spoiler, but Tana’s mom actually ”got the cold” which means that if she gets to blood she’ll basically turn into a vampire, so Tana’s father decided that she’s gonna lock her up in the basement until it wears off, which is 90 days I think, but I could be wrong.
But the flashbacks were really real, interesting and I really wanted to learn more about her post, what happened to her, and it was really interesting, which is surprising.
So after Tana wakes up at the party, she finds herself surrounded by corpses and a vampire, whose name find out later is Gavriel.
Now, Gavriel’s backstory was freaking interesting, I mean we go back some time, but it was so nice, I was really engrossed in his story and I would’ve liked to learn even more about it, because it was just that entertaining, which again, it’s surprising because flashbacks.
But we know now how and why he was turned into a vampire, and even more importantly, by whom, that was super cool and I loved it! Plus even though Gavriel is this super scary vampire, he’s pretty sexy. I kind of want him, but that’s pretty problematic. Still though.
Ya’ll wanted Edward, okay? I’m pretty sure Gavriel is a better person.
I also really enjoyed the fact that vampires are actual monsters, they aren’t nice or humane whatsoever, and I really enjoyed the fact that even at the end it wasn’t like ”oh, we’re all falling in love and becoming really humane with actual feelings, no, it definitely wasn’t like that and I really enjoyed that.
If you’re in the mood for these things, vampires behaving like vampires, then this is a book for you, it was amazing!
The other mesmerazing thing was Coldtown itself.
Coldtowns were built for vampires and infected people, Coldtowns are basically everywhere, there are only vampires and infected people there, so it’s super interesting to see how they do.
I mean they’re just hanging out there, ya know, chilling, forever. Fun.
But yeah, these Coldtowns were really interesting to read about, I absolutely can’t get enough of this book, I really, really wish it was turned into a tv show, it could be done so freaking well, but we still can hope, right?
Our cast of characters were really diverse, I remember reading this for the first time and I found that super entertaining, the diversity feels really real.
This is standalone which is saaaad, because I want more! But we all need more fantasy standalones, but I can’t help but hope that it gets turned into a series, if not tv series, then book series? But I did read somewhere, that Holly Black doesn’t at all plan to turn it into a series, which again is sad.
It’d be so cool to explore the world more, the Coldtowns more, I don’t know.
As you can see, I’m clearly loving this book and I’d reread it again! If that doesn’t scream five stars, I don’t know what does.
But that’s it from me, thank you so much for reading beautiful people, see you next time!
Goodbye gays and lesbians and everyone else in-between!