Friday, December 25, 2015

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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. The only problem is, 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.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

“We all wind up drawn to what we're afraid of, drawn to try to find a way to make ourselves safe from a thing by crawling inside of it, by loving it, by becoming it.” 

I'm sorry for this sad excuse for a review, I think finals and college has taken my ability to write properly... if I ever had such ability.

This book was nothing like what I'm used to in typical YA, and that's probably the reason of why I liked it so much.

Probably the stellar point of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is its characters; from our main one, Tana, who lived forever haunted by the scars her mother left her when she was infected, and almost killed her. She would always push her luck, risking her wellbeing and doing dangerous stunts to play with death, blaming herself for her mother's death and fearing that she might become her.

“She wished it was an unfamiliar feeling, that ache, the urge that made her hit the gas when she ought to hit the brake.” 

To Aidan, her ex-boyfriend and now Cold friend. I didn't know whether to hate him or feel sorry for him. He was manipulative and selfish but ultimately a good person and desperate to make people like him and don't leave him to the point where he did stupid things to ensure that. He was constantly battling his need for someone to love him with doing what was right, and often failed.

Gavriel, the vampire that had been tortured for over a decade to the point where he couldn't distinguish what was real and what wasn't, his relationship with death and pain had become so mixed up he couldn't live without either.

“But there's nothing you like better than when it hurts a little, is there?" Lucien asked.

Gavriel's bloody mouth lifted in a voluptuous smile. "Sure there is. I like it when it hurts a lot.” 

Midnight... screw her. Yes, yes I can't hate her entirely because just as the rest she was broken, but she was the proof that vampirism didn't turn you into something else but rather showed who you really were, underneath.

Valentina was amazing, her desire to be a vampire esteemed from wanting to remain in her body forever rather than having to depend on hormones and treatments she couldn't afford. I loved how she was so kind and brave, how even though she thought that the boy she loved was in love with a vampire, she still went out of her away and risked her life to make sure that that girl she barely knew lived.

I loved all of the characters, even the ones who had barely a line or no line at all felt real, as if there were a story behind them ready to be told. I loved the diversity both cultural and in sexuality and how it wasn't frowned upon or made a big deal out of it, rather stated as something natural as it should be.

Very few books can do what The Coldest Girl in Coldtown did and pull it off so effortlessly, and it's funny how with it being a book about vampires it dealt with social situations of our daily lives as it main focus, our relationships, our passions, and especially our fears. The writing was fantastic I wish I could quote it all.
The ending was a bit abrupt though, but besides that it was wonderful I absolutely recommend it to everybody!

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