I think 3-4 stars works for this title. It's a fun audiobook because the narrator does a wonderful job distinguishing the voices and the way Jackaby'sI think 3-4 stars works for this title. It's a fun audiobook because the narrator does a wonderful job distinguishing the voices and the way Jackaby's voice is done really adds to his quirky ways. I enjoyed the back and forth banter and the paranormal side of this historical mystery. I'll most likely listen to the second book, but I wasn't left feeling an immediate need to do so....more
I really wanted to like this, but it annoyed me too much. Karma is too much of a pushover and I know cupid's arrow made her fall in love with Danny, bI really wanted to like this, but it annoyed me too much. Karma is too much of a pushover and I know cupid's arrow made her fall in love with Danny, but seriously?! The guy's a jerk and I couldn't handle how she kept making excuses for him. Sigh....more
Audio Review: I’ve never listened to an audiobook narrated by Christine Lakin but I will again. Her voice is easy tReview originally posted at YA Love
Audio Review: I’ve never listened to an audiobook narrated by Christine Lakin but I will again. Her voice is easy to listen to and I love how she so easily changes her accent to fit characters like Gavriel. I chose to listen to the audio because I really didn’t know if I’d like the book. I’ve found that it’s easier to try reading books I’m hesitant to read by listening to the audio. One of my seniors mentioned a love of vampire books on her interests survey which is what drove me to give The Coldest Girl in Coldtown a try. Anyway, this audiobook is on the longer side but it’s definitely worth a listen. At certain points throughout the audio–often at pivotal moments–different types of music play, which I didn’t think was really necessary, but I did appreciate it. This audiobook made cleaning, cooking, and driving much easier to get through. One quirk I need to mention is that I wasn’t expecting the switch in time periods/place. That threw me as I was listening, but I know it wouldn’t have been an issue had I been reading the book traditionally.
Book Review: I’m so happy to have finally found a Holly Black novel that I enjoyed! I was doubly hesitant to read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown because I didn’t liked Holly Black’s Doll Bones or White Cat and I’m over vampire books. Tana’s story is addicting, creepy, and bloody. I’m not into horror, either, but I was engrossed in this book!
I just ordered a copy of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown because I know many of my students will want to read this once I tell them about it. I have quite a few horror and mystery fans, although not as many vampire fans, but regardless I know they’ll enjoy it. I’m going to recommend this to my Anna Dressed in Blood fans because even though there isn’t as much humor in Tana’s story, there’s plenty of gore and action to keep them interested.
When it comes to characters, I really enjoyed Tana and Gavriel. Gavriel is the perfect mix of mysterious and alluring. Tana is independent and strong-willed. I loved the interactions between the two characters and honestly couldn’t decide if I wanted them to be together or not. I wasn’t sure if I wanted Tana to go cold and/or become a vampire or continue on as an unaffected human. I kept wondering what would happen to her because it seemed like she would need to go one way or another to make her story work. I’ll let you find out what happens to Tana and if anything develops between her and Gavriel :)
Coldtown’s setting reminds me of a post-apocalyptic world. It’s run down, dismal, and dangerous. Holly Black did a great job describing and developing it. If there’s a second book I’ll be happy to read it and learn more about Coldtown, but the ending as it is now is satisfying.
If you’re looking for a vampire story without sparkly vampires then I recommend picking up The Coldest Girl in Coldtown....more