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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  35,018 Ratings  ·  5,400 Reviews
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 h
Hardcover, 419 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Stephanie Krone It is something new set in the same place/canon and not too long after the short story's time setting. Characters in this book do briefly mention…moreIt is something new set in the same place/canon and not too long after the short story's time setting. Characters in this book do briefly mention Matilda at one point as well, I guess to help tie the short story to the book a bit more.(less)
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Stop being stupid, [Tana] told herself, even though it was much too late for that. She’d been a hundred kinds of stupid already.
I mean, I can hardly be accused of being excessively judgmental on a character's idiocy when she repeatedly realizes she's being dumb, right? :|

I know that Twilight is standard for the vampire book we love to hate. It's often been the butt of my jokes, and I often find myself mocking Bella Swan for her stupidity. With that said, I would read the Twilight series three
Emily May

1.5 stars
Please note that I didn't manage to read the last thirty pages (approx) because, in short, I just couldn't do it. I feel really sad about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown as it was easily in my top five most anticipated books of 2013. Since the end of Black's Curse Worker series, I've been desperate to get my hands on anything and everything she writes and I confess to still loving a good vampire novel when it's being told by a capable author. And I gave this book every chance to turn it a
Sep 05, 2013 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own, signed
"What are they? Are they diseased or demonic? Are they citizens who have become ill, deserving hospitals and care, as some have argued? Or are they the bodies of our loved ones animated by some dark force that we ought to seek to destroy?"

And here I thought originality was gone from vampire stories! It takes none other than Holly Black to prove me wrong. Coldest Girl in Coldtown is not only unique, it's a fun, exciting story full of horror and blood with a little flair of post apocalyptic.

Dec 10, 2014 Patrick rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure, listened to this on audiobook, as I do more and more these days.

Looking back on the book, I suppose that I'm not really the target demographic. It could be that this is YA, and probably targeted toward young women instead of men. (And by "Targeted" I'm mostly talking about the marketing, rather than Black's writing.)

That said, I really enjoyed it. And it only occurred to me right now as I was sitting down to write about it that this book might not be *for* me, technically.

I f
Jun 18, 2015 Zoë rated it liked it

Not bad! I'm glad that I finally got around to reading this as it's been on my shelf for FOREVER. I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, but towards the middle it slowed down and I began to lose interest. The concept of vampirism in this book was also sort of confusing to me, with "the cold" and how you don't necessarily have to become a vampire if you get infected. I'm used to the straightforward "get bitten, become vampire" type of thing and this world with coldtowns and whatnot unf
Oct 24, 2013 Regan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned-read
A very interesting take on a very common topic (vampires). Also, I really enjoyed how the author included pretty much every type of relationship, gay/straight/bi/transgender. It was very modern, and I was happy to see it included in a YA book.
Melissa Marr
Jan 13, 2013 Melissa Marr rated it it was amazing
Straight up brilliance! I thought I couldn't be more impressed with Holly's writing than I already was, but this book was EXACTLY what I wanted years ago when I finished her short story (which evolved into this novel). I'll be buying copies of this one for friends & family. Highly recommended.
Jul 31, 2015 Maureen rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars
I'm torn because I really loved Holly Black's writing in this book, but the story still felt too rushed and put together for me. There was lots of insta-love and the characters didn't really get developed - Tana did a bit, but barely. I can understand the rushed feeling because it is a standalone paranormal book - which there are hardly any of - but I've read some great standalones that aren't rushed and include some great character development - I just think this one could've been be
Jul 30, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was a deliciously creepy and dark story, one that made my heart race and thrill.

Tanna lives in a world that seems not too far off from our own; a time when vampires are no longer myth but present and a threat. These vampires have been contained in our modern world into cities, Coldtowns, guarded but connected by live feeds, blog posts and news stories. Sensationalized and romanticized, but Tanna knows the darker side of the story. She has a sad, frightening tale of i
“And I have feelings for you, too. Big, weird, crazy feelings.”

I have mixed feelings about this book, but overall I liked it.

Tana was an okay character, and it was valiant the way she didn’t leave a vampire behind to his fate! Even if the decision was likely to kill her!

The storyline in this was alright, although it reminded me quite a bit of ‘The Immortal Rules’, which is probably in part because I found the pace in both of them quite slow. But otherwise – dystopian setting, slightly differen
May 13, 2015 Elesia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-love-loved
*4.5 stars*

Ah, this book was so great! I really really thoroughly enjoyed it! It's like a zombie apocalypse but with vampires and I looooved it!! The main character Tana was so badass, but I really wish there was like an epilogue or something! Still, really loved this book and it was great to read about vampires again, it's been too long!
Lala BooksandLala
Apr 15, 2016 Lala BooksandLala marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at 100 pages in. I really tried, but this is my second attempt through and I just can't get into it.
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Feb 14, 2014 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it liked it
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: February read for Rated YA-MA group
Holly Black is one of those authors who I struggle with when it comes to putting her style of writing into a category. She's a little bit dark, a little bit snarky, and I get the distinct impression that she's going to write what she wants, the way she wants to, and screw anyone who doesn't like it.

Because of this, I have both a love and frustration with her work. Every time I pick up a book of hers, I read it and get caught up in the story. However, every time I pick up a book of hers, I find
Brad Sells
Jul 03, 2013 Brad Sells rated it it was amazing
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a unique and utterly fantastic take on vampires, with haunting and beautiful prose + a one-of-a-kind story. Easily a new favorite book of all-time!

Let's go ahead and address the elephant in the room: vampires? They've been used so many times, it's gotten quite old. But luckily, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown gives vampires a fresh and original spin - it's unlike anything I've ever read. And you know what I loved the most about these vampires? They're beautiful (thei
Evelyn (devours and digests words)
'We all wind up drawn to what we’re afraid of, drawn to try to find a way to make ourselves safe from a thing by crawling inside of it, by loving it, by becoming it.'

Holly Black has never, ever failed to sweep me off my feet with her good writing and originality. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is no exception. It is both written well, and original. Once again, I find myself getting immersed in her words. I refused to even skim (which I guiltily do sometimes in other books) because I want to
Mar 30, 2015 Pinky rated it liked it
Tana lives in a world where all humans know about vampires. There are quarantined areas in her world called Coldtowns, where vampires and humans can live a regular life. If a vampire bites a human and drinks their blood, but stops right before they die, the human becomes Cold. Or if a vampire scrapes there teeth on any part of the human skin, the human becomes Cold. Once you are Cold, all you think about is blood. But if you drink the blood when you're Cold, you become a vampire. Unfortunately, ...more
Melissa Martin
Jun 22, 2015 Melissa Martin rated it it was amazing

I freaking loved this book! I am going to buy this for sure! I haven't read a vampire book such as this one yet. It was unique and the storyline was terrific!

Tana wakes up in a house with dead teenagers all around her. She had went to a part with her ex-boyfriend Aidan. He had been bitten and strapped to a bed, he was also in a room with a very old/young vampire named Gavriel. So you can imagine that Tana was just a wee bit freaked out.

She has to break them
Aug 19, 2015 Salvatore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty good, dark and gory vampire read. I wished I had a better epilogue, but still recommend it.
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
3.5 stars

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Let me just start out saying that the writing was FABULOUS. I was impressed with the writing of Holly Black. This is the first book of her's that I've read and I found myself enraptured by her story! I couldn't find any fault in her writing.

The story itself is nothing really new. Vampires. Hey at least there wasn't any half naked werewolves running around all the time! I was still interested because this book is not a smal
Dec 04, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, physical-arc, bea13
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black - I believe she gets to pick the weapon. I hope she picks me.

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is haunted and addictingly disturbing! This book starts off with a bang, and I promise it's a sign of what's to follow. It's dark, gruesome, and gory. After that, I'll admit that it took me a little while to get fully into the story, but once I did, OH MY WORD!!!

"They'll drink up the whole world if we let them."
Page 92

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown takes on an insanely horrifying vibe. There's lots and lots of blood, brutal deat
Aug 07, 2013 Danny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bea13
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Bloody Awesome!!! Finally an epic Vampire story that is incredibly addicting, a little scary, bloody and sexy!!!
More! Now!

Scary – Eerie – Edgy! Vampires in Coldtown are … not so nice creatures!
The world in “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” was absolutely outstanding and refreshing! Vampires are out in the open and everyone knows about them and … also fears them. Because Vampires are definitely not nice creatures. They are dark and they are dangerous and you shoul
Jake Hill
Jul 24, 2012 Jake Hill rated it it was amazing
The people saying this is going to be like "Immortal Rules" are highly mistaken. If you've read the book by Ms. Kagawa then, and for the sake of your reviews you better have, and also read "The Poison Eaters and other short stories" then you would be quite well informed that the two worlds arn't alike and the main characters (if Ms. Black is doing it from the main character in her short story)will be enitrely unalike. And the vampires? Majority of vampires are the same in a fashion. That is gene ...more
Cait Grace
Oct 24, 2014 Cait Grace rated it it was amazing
Oh wow. I haven't read a lot of vampire books, but this is completely different to what I've tried. I adored this! At times I was dubious...there were sections that made me think I wasn't going to rate it high. But then -- BOOM -- the beautiful writing, the epic ending, the horrible backstory. I'M SOLD. But in all honesty: this needs be a movie. It would be fabulous.

I admit! I was pretty dubious for the first 50%. I didn't understand a lot of the reasonsings behind the plot. So it felt weak
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Holly Black ranks as one of the premier young adult authors, much honored for her Black Cat series. Perhaps that's where I should have started, as it sounds much more original than The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Now, there's nothing wrong with an author taking on less unique subject matter, but I think I may personally have reached my limit for vampires. If you're still into vampires, then The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is an entertaining, dark, gory read.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown starts off wit
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I feel quite conflicted about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. I really wanted to like this book and it could have easily been 3.5+ stars had another person read this instead. On one hand, the premise was intriguing however its execution left a lot to be desired. Furthermore the things that bothered me are very subjective and will most likely not affect other readers at all. It's not exactly a bad story and I still think that this book is wort
Dec 25, 2015 Mila rated it really liked it
“We all wind up drawn to what we're afraid of, drawn to try to find a way to make ourselves safe from a thing by crawling inside of it, by loving it, by becoming it.”

I'm sorry for this sad excuse for a review, I think finals and college has taken my ability to write properly... if I ever had such ability.

This book was nothing like what I'm used to in typical YA, and that's probably the reason of why I liked it so much.

Probably the stellar point of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is its characters;
Nov 18, 2015 Addi rated it it was amazing

It surprised me. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. I became immersed in it. It's a totally new take on vampires, utterly original and thrilling. Holly Black has a fantastic writing style and this world-building was executed beautifully. The characters were all fabulous (I am, of course, partial to Tana and Gavriel <3) and I enjoyed reading the story from several points of view. Another thing that added to this story was its frequent use of flashbacks. While y
Jun 21, 2015 Nihan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Sanki Holly Black'i değil de yeni nesil amatör bir yazarı okuyorum gibi hissettim. Anlatım acayip sığ ve karakterler yüzeysel. Yarım kaldı.
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

4.5 Stars

Oh, how delightfully delicious this was!

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown has been one of my most anticipated book of the year! I love Vampires books, even though I have been wayyyyy burnt out with them and haven't read one since April. But anything to do with Vampires, Dystopian, Quarantined Cities, and feasting on human blood in a dystopian setting, I'M IN! And The Coldest Girl In Coldtown has satisfied my craving for my Vampire-dystopian fix! Even though I would of liked these vampires
Jul 02, 2015 Anja rated it liked it
*3.5 STARS*
I really don't know what to think of this book. It's so unlike anything I've ever read before but I'm not sure if that's a good thing.
The story is definitely unique but quite bizarre at the same time. To me there's also a lot of unnecessary blood and gore involved.
Tana's character is different from other female leads, but to me she wasn't very likeable and most of her actions annoyed me to death! I thought Gavriel was pretty amazing and deliciously crazy though!
I did like how the cha
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Holly Black is a best-selling author of contemporary fantasy novels for kids, teens, and adults. She is the author of the Modern Faerie Tale series (Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside), The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), and The Good Neighbors graphic novels (with Ted Naifeh) The Poison Eaters and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction, and The Curse Worker series (White Cat, Red Gl ...more
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