The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Discussion

Every hero is the villain of his own story. – Holly Black, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown


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.


Jenn: This is a book that I’ve been meaning to read for forever. My first foray into Holly Black’s work is her series, The Iron Trial, that she co-authored with Cassandra Clare. Since I loved that series I knew I wanted to read more of Black’s work. I’m glad we chose this for one of our Halloween reads. I really enjoyed. I just wish there were more books to go along with it. Please, Holly can we get more? Seriously. I need more. 4/5 stars.

Eden: For my first Holly Black book I think this was a good one to start with. First off, it’s a perfect Halloween read. To add, it was a new and refreshing take to vampires that I could totally get behind. I wasn’t in love with the ending, which you’ll see more of once you read our discussion, but overall I gave it 3/5 stars.

Caitlynn: I really enjoyed this book and I’m hopeful that we can get more from his world from Black. This was a good pre-Halloween read. 4/5 stars!


Eden: Alright what did everyone rate this book?

Caitlynn: 4/5 stars.

Jenn: Yeah, 4/5 stars.

E: I gave it 3/5. I hated the ending. What made you guys rate it 4/5 stars?

C: I enjoyed the book as a whole. If this were a series I would definitely read the next book.

J: That’s exactly why I gave it a four because I liked that it was an open ending and she could ultimately continue with it. Hopefully, if we voice our opinion loud enough that could be a thing that develops. I like the characters a lot and I like the world a lot.

C: Yes, I like the whole thing. I really want to know more about the Coldtown that just went off the grid.

J: Mhm.

E: I would like for that to be a separate book about the people in that Coldtown.

J:That’s what I mean, it doesn’t have to be about the same characters, but I would like more just in this world.

E: I just wanted this book to end a particular way and it didn’t end the way I wanted it to.

C: Can you, without giving away anything explain what you mean?

E: I wanted a character to kill another character and then for another character to walk out into the sun.

J: She had very specific things she wanted and I think that’s where the let down came from. It wasn’t like a general, “I want this character to make this decision.” It was more like, I want this thing to specifically happen with this specific character and in particular way.

C: Eden just wants to write the ending.

E: I basically just wanted Holly Black to blow up everything in this book and she didn’t and I was unhappy about that.

J: I honestly think she did that in an attempt to set it up for another book.

E: But it’s been three years and nothing has come of it. We haven’t even seen anything mentioned about it.

J: Look, if we could get behind Madness then we can get behind Coldtown!

E: I’ll get behind it. BUT, if everybody doesn’t die in the next one than I will be thoroughly disappointed.

C: So you guys know when we were i the middle of reading it I got kind of pissed off because I fell into the hole of hoping that something Twlight-y would happen at the end. I was like, “Well, I’m kind of disappoitned that didn’t happen…”

E: But you liked Gavriel so that’s understandable.

J: I liked Gavriel a lot and I was really happy with the ending because it felt the most true to the character. There was character growth, but it still was something that i could see from the character from the onset.

E: Look, my alternative ending could have been true to the character, too.

J: I’m not saying it wasn’t but I can appreciate that Black didn’t talk the crazy route.

E: So, how did everyoe feel about Aiden?

J: I thought he was a douchebag but a lovable douchebag. Like, he was a necessary evil.

E: Yeah, I got tired of him when we kept having to come back to him. At first I thought he was just an asshole, but he was ok because he was funny sometimes. I just got to a point where I was like, “Ok, go away.”

C: And I’m glad she did take him away for a bit.

E: She did it at the right time with that because there was a point where I was like, “Where is Aiden?”

J: I like his line when the second person enters the Coldtown.

E: What was the line?

J: It was like, “I’ve been looking for you.” Such great ambiguity.

E: I liked that as well.

C: That, “Oh what if…?”

E: So, Midnight and Winter.

C: *Scoffs*

E: I’m going to say, I told Jenn at one point, “She needs to go ahead and kill them because they’re going to be issues later on.”

J: Can I say that I listned to a lot of this book twice and they get worse with the second reading. It got so bad that I was like, “Of course they have STUPID FUCKING BLUE HAIR!”

E: I didn’t mind Winter so much, but he still annoyed me.

J: He was such a patsy. He was literally there to take up space. He didn’t have a mind of his own.

E: His sister ran him.

J: There’s a part where he’s like, “I think we’ve gone to far, but we can’t turn back now.”

C: No! That’s not how things work! You can never go to far. There’s always a chance to turn back! I mean, they metioned that 10 times.

J: I mean, if we learned anything from the Manson family, we know that bad things always happen to the patsy.


2 thoughts on “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Discussion

  1. This is great! I love reading your rantings! I’ve been in love with Holly Black ever since I read Tithe and the Modern Faerie Tales series (which I HIGHLY recommend), so this book has been in my tbr list for FOREVER and I’ve just never gotten around to it. I feel like the reviews I’ve seen have been a mixed bag, so I was a little hesitant. This makes me want to read it though!

    But I feel you with your frustration about the ending. I usually want everyone to get blown up too 😂 THE STRUGGLE!

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  2. This is so interesting to have everyone’s point of view! I loved it and gave it 5 stars if I do recall correctly as it was so atypical and nothing was white or black but in gery.

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