REVIEW: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

8df04aca135c75256c16d8118385e263 Summary:

Tana lives in a world where vampires have infected the world. In order to protect themselves the human race has built cities known as Coldtowns which are used as quarantine areas to keep the vampires and the infected separate from the general population. Dozens swarm to Coldtown every year in the hope to become vampires or protect their love ones from their growing infection. There is just one problem, once you enter Coldtown you can never leave.

After Tana wakes up after a party to find everyone slaughtered she finds herself on a journey to the depths of Coldtown.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book. I haven’t read a decent vampire book in a long time. It was nice to see vampires portrayed in a way that wasn’t in the teen romance way that seems to keep popping up now-a-days. There is a romantic subplot in this but it is very small and it isn’t the focus of the novel at all, which is a good thing.

The main problem that I had with this book is that it is a stand alone novel. It isn’t part of a series and I feel like this story and world could have been explored a lot better if it had more than one book covering it. It is clear that the writer is trying to fit everything into one book so it can be lacking in depth, character development and world building at points. It has a lot of potential. The lack of time and development means that the romance in the novel seems sudden and doesn’t have the time to develop the proper layers that romances need.

Other than that I found this book a lot of fun. The vampires are proper vampires. They were blood thirsty and dark. The female lead is independent and badass, just what I love to see in female characters. The world it is set in sounds beautiful and it novel does a brilliant job at showing how a world wide vampire outbreak would effect the world from dress sense to media.

The only other tiny complaint I have about it is the number of eye descriptions in the novel. “Wine eyes” , “Ember eyes” , “Carmine eyes”, “Ruby eyes”, “Pomegranate eyes”. We get it, they have red eyes.

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 Rating:

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves vampires. It is just a shame that it has all been limited to only one book. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.

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