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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  50,042 ratings  ·  7,503 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
ebook, 340 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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Amanda Murray I took it as a bit of an analogy for the real world. The powerful vampires aren't really contained, because powerful people never have to follow the…moreI took it as a bit of an analogy for the real world. The powerful vampires aren't really contained, because powerful people never have to follow the rules.(less)

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Miranda Reads
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-series, audiobook
Holly Black is my Queen
But if you didn't believe in monsters, then how were you going to be able to keep safe from them?
Tana lives in a world where vampires are no longer creatures of myths. Only Holly Black can take such a worn out trope and breath fresh life into it.
Even from the beginning, that was the problem. People liked pretty things. People even liked pretty things that wanted to kill and eat them.
And, like any good government, the US immediately banished the "new" citizens to con
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Vampires are… not so sexy anymore?

Objection! How dare you say such a thing? You know, I used to be so in love with vampires in my #preteenhood—after all, ‘‘The Vampire Diaries’’ was one of the first series I had ever read and I fell hard for it.

After that I read ‘‘Twilight’’ like almost every Edward fan on Earth and after that… I couldn’t stop. I would pick whatever vampire book I found.

But now… It’s not the same thing anymore. Things change. I changed. I feel like I know everything about vampi
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, signed, arc
"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.

Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Melissa Marr
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the first 50 pages but after that everyone and everything annoyed me.
Candace Robinson
I've been on a Holly Black binge lately, reading all her books. Pissed at myself for not starting this journey farther back. But we can't turn back time, now can we? So, vampires are hit or miss for me when it come to books. I mainly dig the blood thirsty movie kind.

As for characters, I loved Tana! In pretty much all the vamp books I've read, I've pretty much come across annoying female leads. And thank goodness, she was not. Oh, and Gavriel, you are just the cutest piece of chocolate I ever did
“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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

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
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

“Every hero is the villain of his own story.”

I made it my job to read every Holly Black book on the face of this earth. And what could be better than Holly Black and Vampires? damn, this book was good. I say this a lot but this was so incredibly different!

Vampires and modern technology. I mean imagine sitting in the comfort of your home and watching shows about Vampire hunters, Vampire wannabes and Vampires trying to lure you to the dark side. Crazy right? Truthfully, I really missed Vampire b
Ashley Daviau
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's rare that I come across a vampire book that I so thoroughly enjoy. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was absolutely phenomenal and I adored it! It was such an interesting take on vampires, quite unlike any other book I've read with them. The world building was fantastic and I just loved the whole idea of the book. And as usual, Black brings to life characters that you can't help but fall completely in love with. The main character Tana is gutsy and doesn't let anything get in her way and I just ...more
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Victoria ♡
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Death’s favourites don’t die”

Didn’t think reality tv and vampires would ever work together but Black really did that!! I LOVED THIS SO MUCH!

This was the most unique take on vampires i’ve read in a longgggg time and i’ve read a lot of them! The world building was so well done, the characters were really interesting, I love Tana so much she was such a good main character. Somehow the insta-love worked well too, props to the author there wow, I found myself really hoping for Gavriel and Tana. Als
Alana • thebookishchick
Vampire & dystopian theme all in one?! You had me at quarantine.

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Brad Sells
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
not terrible, just boring. i've been "currently reading" it (ha) for 2 months and i just...never want to pick it up.

so...DNF at a little over 50%
C.G. Drews
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
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I LOVED this book! I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did an amazing job. There isn't much new or fresh in the way of vampire lore here, but I thought it was an exceptionally well done vampire story. I loved Black's exquisite writing and excellent characterisation, which gave the story a feel of both modern and gothic decadence and decline. For me, it struck exactly the right balance.

I see that my GR friends are a bit divided on this one. I think if you are someone who really likes vam
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
"If she was going to die, she might as well die sarcastic.  She'd seen a lot of old movies, and that was definitely the way to go out."
Every time I think I'm done with vampire books, my favorite authors pull me back in with their own twist on this paranormal creature.  Unlike The Immortal Rules, which I've seen this book compared to on occasion, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown occurs in a more present-day setting, not years from now when the vampire epidemic has already reduced the human popula
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-arc, 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
samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
Tana, the main character, wakes up in a bathtub after a party and finds everyone dead. Killed by vampires.

In the book, when a person gets bit by a vampire they immediately get sick but don't actually turn into a vampire right away after a week you start to go crazy if you don't have human blood which in turn kills you making you in to a vampire but if you can go for a 88 days without feeding on human blood you can go back to your normal life but many don't survive. There are Coldtowns set up wit
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
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-addiction
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
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Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in ...more
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