This book is going to be the most fun you’ve had in a long while. Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a dark and twisted throwback to the latest vampire trend, which ridicules the romanticization of the undead in a truly entertaining fashion, while staying creepy and full of tension.
If the reputation of Holly Black's fantastic books, which include The Spiderwick Chronicles (co-author -- start with The Field Guide) and the Curse Workers series (start with White Cat), didn’t draw me into picking up this book immediately, the grand hype about the uniqueness of this book did.
I admit, I was very skeptical of how good this book could be. I already suffered the dark ages of Supernatural Romance in the YA world and with that kind of trauma, I was hesitant to throw my bets into a book specifically about a teenage girl in a world where vampires exist. Sparkly vampires have invaded my nightmares long enough.
This book changed everything and certainly raised the supernatural back from the dead. The first few chapters drew me in instantly and once I started reading, I couldn’t stop, not even once. I was up at 3am on a school night desperately trying to reach the last few chapters, just so I wouldn’t have to wait one whole day without finding out what happened next.
The pace of the novel is incredible, the characters are interesting and flawed in the best ways, and the world building is magnetic. Coldest Girl in Coldtown thrives on people’s romantic delusions about vampires, and by the end of it, you won’t be able to resist them either.
Get ready to join the elite of Coldtown.
-Vania, (Dusen)Berry Blogger and member of the River Teen Advisory Board