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Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black Review`

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Hello, Darlings

I am rather happy to finally have read a book that made me both excited to review on my log. For a long time, I have been saying that I have been in a reading slump. I recorded an entire YouTube video about why I was in a reading slump but after reading Holly Black’s vampire-inspired stand-alone novel  Coldest Girl in Cold Town I am once again excited to be a book blogger! This book is amazing dot come dot net dot org. Yes, Coldest Girl in Cold Town is that amazing.

Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black Review`The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
on September 3rd 2013
Pages: 419
Goodreads
five-stars

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.

Coldest Girl in Cold Town was never a book I wanted to read since I was so in love with Holly Black’s literary work focusing on fairies. I’m glad that I wanted and read this book at the right time because of the trend of vampires such as Twilight and the out of control t.v. series  The Vampire Dairies are finally over, allowing me to read this vampire-themed book without being overwhelmed by the popularity of vampires.

What I love about this book is that from the very first chapter Holly Black does not wait to throw her readers in the mist of the situation. You really get no time to figure out anything other than your hope and desire that these characters that you have just been introduced are going to survive this confusing and murderous situation. There is no time for love triangle or other young adult book cliche’s, there is only the need to survive and the need to be safe. The character Tana is the narrator for the entire novel, we experience her fears, hopes, and strategy while she tries to comprehend all the events that she has suddenly be thrust into.

 

I love the character of Tana. I love the way that Holly Black recreated a character that was not one-sided, she has multiple dimensions of herself, even discovering other sides to herself while the story unfolds.

Tana’s ex-boyfriend Aiden is a character. That’s all I can really say about him because he is a character. He seems to be the type of person that has to be in the centre of attention. He has to always have a sidekick, someone that he can play with. This character moral standing at times felt like he was constantly balancing on the sharpest point of a razor’s edge, not truly caring which side he fell on. The relationship between Tana and Aiden is obviously not a healthy relationship for someone to have as a romantic partner. Aiden as a lot of maturing to go through and the events of The Coldest Girl in Cold Town truly makes him mature faster than he would have probably wanted. Thankfully for Tana, he matures the perfect time. Aiden is someone who always wants to give in to temptation, but with giving into desires there is also a lesson to be learnt about restraining ourselves from it, Aiden learns that lesson so dramatically that I think if it didn’t happen at such he would have probably never learnt the lesson at all. Throughout the novel, Aiden plays with his morals like a cat who plays with its prey, the mouse, until it’s tired of the game at all.

 

As always when reading a Holly Black book she has a diverse cast of characters both in personality but also in skin tones, genders, sexuality, and ethnic background. Honestly, it’s really sad how Holly Black can flawlessly include so many diverse characters in a stand-alone novel but there are authors who write their entire writing career and never write about at least one other diverse character besides a blonde or brunette character. Holly Black is the go-to author when you want a well written and diverse cast of characters whose personality, sexuality, and the breathtaking cast of support characters are just as important as the main protagonist and antagonist are to the plot itself. I thought I loved Holly Black’s fairy novels. I thought those were the best books she had ever written but the fact that she was able to create a unique world involving the world of vampires, quarantine medical zones, and the pop culture of having all the things that glitter on the internet or t.v. seem glamours to create this daunting and haunting adventure is just amazing! I love this book so much that, writing this review makes me want to read it all over again. That’s how great this book is, once the secrets and the plots are revealed you still want to find hidden clues within the novel that you would not have noticed the first time reading the book.

 

All in all this book is badass! It’s the perfect book to read this October! Its all about vampires and kicking some bad guys ass! It’s about inner strength, self-discovery, and did I mention there is a heroine that literally does bad all by herself! She doesn’t need saving, from the first chapter of the book she is saving the boys! Gosh, you gotta love Holly Black she is just an amazing author and one badass storyteller!

five-stars

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