This book was recommend to me by me elder sister Charlotte and at first I was very hesitant in reading it because I'm not usually very fond of vampire stories and thought that this was going to be like another Twilight. Boy, was I wrong. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is absolutely amazing! I adored it and it is a must read for lovers of adventure and suspense!
This was perfect holiday reading, well written and good story. The heroine reminded me of Katniss , a girl just trying to survive with a good heart who loves her sister and a love interest all the combinations that appeal. add to this a modern theme of social media and vampires a recipe that you cannot fault.
I revelled in this book. It felt a little long in parts, but enjoyed the world and Tana (our protagonist) battling her way through an infected continent to find her place within it. Nearly passing over this title because of the vampire element – there are so many books out there after the release of a certain sparkly vampire novel that glutted the market with second rate storytelling – but The Coldest Girl in Coldtown delivers a high calibre read.
Many of the characters surprised me, as in fact, did Tana herself. It was a personal story and narrative, and not one of those ‘chosen one here to save the world from some great apocalypse.’ Tana is raw and gritty from the get-go, following her gut instincts whether it put her at physical risk or not. You get to experience her journey as the goal posts keep moving and she gains more and more confidence over her choices. She possesses an understated beauty in her strength.
Half of the cast were not all they seemed to be and deviated between light and dark, good and bad – you won’t find any two dimensional characters here… and that would be difficult anyway with the fascination Tana’s world has with vampires (true or contextual). And the whole novel jumps that line continuously, between actual and constructed images of the Children of the Night and Coldtowns. The true vampire mythology lurks somewhere in the shadows where you can only get glimpses when you get too close. Buy by then it’s too late. You’re someone’s dinner.
The tone is deliciously dark, without being bleak or horrific, you still get a young adult feel and irony throughout, which I have to praise Holy Black for – it was such a unique experience for me.
Although this was a little of a staggered read - I feel if the writing were tightened up to remove superfluous exposition, the pace and tension could’ve been elevated to make this a truly outstanding read. I would say the overall plot was predictable(ish), but there were many nuances that came out of nowhere. There are so many elements that make this a great novel, but it fell a little short for me with the pace and writing style.
It is something I’d recommend, but only to those who like a more morbid tone, a touch of horror and vampire enthusiasts alike.