Charmed Book Haven Reviews: “The Coldest Girl In Coldtown” By Holly Black

Charmed Book Haven Reviews: “The Coldest Girl In Coldtown” By Holly Black


Imagine waking up in a bathtub with shot-term amnesia. You realize you are inside a stranger’s bathroom. You look around and notice strings of garlic on mirrors as well as bottles of holy water on the ledge of the bathroom sink. Then it all comes back to you…..

I had originally heard “The Coldest Girl In Coldtown” was a MUST READ. I held it off for about a year then finally bit the bullet and picked it up at my local library. I can’t believe I did not read it sooner! But better late then never. On the other hand, there were a couple unanswered questions within the book that the author had not answered and since their won’t be a sequel (WHYYYY) we will be forever not knowing our answers.

We follow the complicated life of 17 year old Tana. Tana is not your average teenager. Well, not even the world she lives in is average or normal in any sense of the word. Tana’s world, though, begins to change once she steps outside the bathroom door. The people she knows, are different and no longer who she once trusted as much as she had been led to believe. One, in particular, is her ex-boyfriend Aiden. Now I truly despised Aiden. Throughout the story he repeatedly proves how stupid, using, and deceiving he is. No matter how many times he proved how much of a player he was, Tana never gives up on him. Sure, she cared about him, but he was a jerk who deserved to be destroyed. Alas, I digress.

The world Tana lives in has been infected with vampirism. Sum up: if any town is infected with vampirism, it is immediately “quarantined.” Meaning no one goes into the town, and no one comes out. These towns are known as “Coldtowns.”

2012-07-05 14.45.03Within the walls of a Coldtown, money is rare to come by. You either barter for food, give your
blood through tubes in your arms to the vampires in exchange for them to give you things, or you pay with what little money you do have. In order to get out of Coldtown, you must pass the government’s inspection to make sure you are not infected as well as having a “marker”. Markers are hard to get unless you turned in a vampire on the outside or someone paid for one for you.

When it comes to infected individuals, in the beginning they do have a window of opportunity to be cured. The only way is to be in complete isolation from everyone for a couple months in agony and pain while hopefully someone from the outside may bring you water and food. The downside, the person must not give into the bloodlust. One slight taste of blood is all it takes in order to turn “cold”.


Negatives: The characters could have had more development. Ok, a LOT of more development. Holly Black is a splendid writer, but the story felt too rushed. I can understand since this is a stand alone novel, and yet it left too many unanswered questions. For instance,  how did the vampires who were at the party get out of Coldtown? What will happen to Tana when she wakes up in the end? What happens within that Coldtown, period? So many questions. At least give us a short story explaining what will happen next, Holly Black!

I’m not going to spoil anything else. If you love vampires but wanted an unique twist to it, this is your book. In the end, I rate this asolid 8 out of 10 Book Charms. The unanswered questions, the pace, and the character development is why I gave it this rating.

Do you agree with my rating?

What book do you think I should review next? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Reading,



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