the coldest girl in coldtown by holly black (tw: blood)
genre: YA, fantasy, romance, paranormal romance
synopsis: 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. And 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.
i was pretty excited for this book because i had really enjoyed the darkest part of the forest. however, i have to admit that i was a little disappointed.
i still really liked the writing style, which (again) is hard to describe. holly black really pulls me in with her writing, and it’s so hard for me to put down her books.
one problem from the darkest part of the forest that i saw here too was the pacing, specifically the ending. while the beginning and middle were reasonably paced (maybe a bit slow in this case), i felt like the book ended way too quickly. there were only a few pages left in the book and way too many things that hadn’t been resolved yet. the ending wrapped things up adequately, but i just feel like there’s something missing, and the ending could definitely be extended a little. i also felt like the plot was missing something, as the story seemed like it didn’t really have a definite direction.
the characters were okay. most of them were likable enough, but none really stood out to me, except maybe the vampires. i did like how vampires were portrayed in this book. the idea of coldtowns feels very unique, and it was an interesting concept.
overall, this was an enjoyable read, but i didn’t think it was amazing.
have you read this? what did you think?