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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
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The general premise is interesting - a sudden transformation to Vampires being known about and segregated, in a modern setting that touches on internet culture and celebrity. There is also some complexity in that the motivations of the main character is a little changeable, and influenced in different ways by family ties and history.
Unfortunately the story is a bit nonsensical in places and a bit predictable in others. For all that, it's different, fresh and avoids being too reminiscent of recent (or less recent) vampire stories (no similarities to Twilight here). If you can get over the rather pulp story, there's some good touches to this, and as a result it makes an interesting read.
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on 6 October 2014
Turned out to be surprisingly gripping and brilliant. I'm always looking for new books to read and had seen this one mentioned in places so thought I'd give it a go one weekend, I didnt hold out much hope for it being a young adult type of book but I was completely sucked into the gritty world.

I definitely prefer this version of Vampires being so stark and somewhat gruesome, not a 'sparkly' vampire in sight! I do so hope she write another on Coldtown, different characters maybe as this dark underworld stripped so raw is addictive. I have since read a few more Holly Black books and have enjoyed them although not quite as much as this!
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on 29 June 2015
Wow what an amazing story of a girl, Tana who does not think of herself as heroic even though she constantly amazes the reader with her bravery, loyalty and her heroic acts.  This story of vampirism will have the reader spellbound and sitting on the edge of their seat.  Holly Black is also the author of The  Curse Workers trilogy of which I am a huge fan.  This piece of work is quite different and I think best described as fearsome.  The Coldest Girl In Coldtown is guaranteed to enthrall, delight and surprise.  I don't want to give anything away but have to say that I loved the ending and will be adding this to my list of favorites.  
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on 8 January 2014
I was lucky enough to win a copy of this last year and I must say it was one of my favourite books of last year.

It's a very original take on the vampire tale and that's what I really loved about it, it stands up well against the other vampire stories out there for that very reason.

The character are well thought out and well written, you can't help but love them..... even Gavriel, who's a little bit bonkers! I was actually very sad when I realised I was on the last page and intend to read this again later on in the year.

Brilliant read and personally I hope she writes a follow-up it was that good!
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on 7 March 2014
This is the best vampire novel I've read in a decade, reminding me of Poppy Z. Brite's 'Lost Souls' mixed with Mira Grant's 'Feed', and for all that remaining completely original. This vampire story is hi-tech, a bit snarky and thank the lord, not focused on an excruciatingly sappy romance. In fact there's very little about this book that's romantic, even the actual romance. The lead character is smart and brave, and yet still acts her age (all too rare in YA fiction); and the vampires aren't perfect, glorious idols. Even when they are. I picked this up on a whim and I'm so glad I did. Give it a try, you won't regret it. :)
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on 16 October 2013
This is a enjoyable read. I like the characters. The plots different to other vampire books but I felt at the end there was something missing. I think a sequel is needed.
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VINE VOICEon 14 September 2013
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Holly Black is one of those rare authors who is as good at writing a series as stand alone books. I love that she has tackled the vampire craze in writing, and done her own take on it. There are moments that are genuinely shocking and horrifying, so I am not going to give any more plot details. Suffice to say that the pace keeps up throughout the book, the heroine is likeable and the characterisations are solid. The world that Black has created is well thought out, and if she decided she wanted to write another book in it, I would be pre-ordering it happily. Enjoy!
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on 24 November 2013
I was introduced to this book, whilst listening to the author reading it to a bunch of people at the World Fantasy Con. Her reading piqued my interest and I just had to buy it. It's not your classic vampire/normal girl romance and is all the better for it. The main character is strong and independent, she doesn't rely on people for help but she knows when to ask. I liked her, and her story and wonder whether we will see her again.
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This is one of the better vampire books I have read in a while.

It's good enough to make you forget all the feels given by Twilight and the romantic vampires.
This is blood and bones visceral vampires that enjoy feeding from living victims. It's a breath of fresh air or should that be fetid air?

No spoilers here. I enjoyed the ending and you need to go step by step through the novel to get there.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I'd been looking forward to this book for such a long time! I came across it randomly on Goodreads one day and then I just couldn't wait for it to be released! I hadn't even planned on buying it this soon, but I saw it in Waterstones and I just couldn't resist (the cover is so pretty!).

When I read the first chapter, I seriously thought that I was going to love this book. It just roped me in straight away and I was dying to find out what was going to happen to Tana, Aiden & Gavriel. But as the book went on, my interest in the characters started to disappear. The only one I was particularly interested in by the end was Gavriel.

Tana wasn't really a stand out character. Sure, at the start she seemed like a brave and strong character, but as the book went on she started to annoy me. She was so convinced that she was doomed that she just couldn't see sense, and then she put herself in danger and everything that happened to her was her own fault. I can't really say much more about Tana without spoiling everything, but I will say that I don't get why she did that at the end and didn't just give in. It didn't make any sense to me.

Aiden is an ass. I never liked him at the start and my feelings pretty much stayed the same throughout the book. Maybe I started to like him very slightly at the end, but he's still an ass.

Gavriel is really the only character I loved. He was a crazy, insane vampire and I just adored him so freaking much. I was actually much more interested in hearing his back story and how he became a vampire. I was always much happier when Gavriel was in the story, I kind of got bored when he wasn't. He made the book much more interesting in my opinion.

The story started off on a high with that fantastic opening chapter that sucked me in. And then the rest of the book had its ups and downs. There were times when I was really interested in the story, and times I couldn't be bothered reading it anymore. I just didn't feel like I connected with any of the characters apart from Gavriel, so it was hard for me to be interested in the parts he wasn't in. It took me almost 5 days to read this book! That's a really long time for me, I can usually finish a book in a couple of hours, but this one just didn't capture my interest fully.

However, the whole idea of the Vampires in this book interested me. There's kind of like a Vampire ruler that they have to consult which I found really interesting. I also really loved learning about how people became Vampires and reading about characters going through it. And the whole idea of Coldtowns intrigued me as well.

The last couple of chapters before the ending are really what bumped this book up a star. They were exciting and there was also a twist that was extremely unexpected and I only realised when Tana did. So it was definitely a great and unexpected twist.

The last chapter didn't go the way I'd hoped it would, but I kind of expected it because of Tana's feelings. It kind of annoyed me, but it was an alright ending.

Overall, this was a good read. I found parts of it really interesting and other parts boring, but there was a very interesting, crazy vampire to make up for it. It definitely wasn't the best vampire book I've read, but it wasn't the worst. I'd say it's worth a read.
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