coldestThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: ALA 2013
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Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

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. – Goodreads


If there was to be an IT-Book of ALA 2013 for Tina and me, it would be this book. Tina and I spent months discussing this book and the fact that Holly Black would be there. Heck we even got to the line early to be turned away because “guys, really, you’re that early.”

I’m telling you all of this because I actually DNF (Did Not Finish) this book. In this blogging duo, it is known I finish books, Tina is the one who has no problem letting books go. Which is why it came as a shock to both Tina and I went I sent Tina an email going “TINA I DNF ANOTHER BOOK” and then we were both disappointed when it was this one.

While the writing is solid, the story bored me to pieces. I got to chapter 9, or through 84 pages. Those 84 pages took me about three months. No book ever takes me three months. I heard rumors that the book gets better about half way through, but my TBR list is already too long and the line has been drawn.

It’s upsetting because Black’s writing is as solid as ever, but the story was just..boring. There is no other way for me to put that. I was so bored. The world building, the info dump, I was just sick of it. I wanted more of the actual story and that never happened.

Did this book work for you? Please tell me, what did I miss?!