Hello hello! How is everyone doing?
I hope you guys continue to be in the Halloween spirit because another mini review is here 😊 Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a downer – but hey, not all books are meant to be liked 🤷♀️
Let’s get to it! 🦇
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses, all murdered by vampires. The only other survivors of this massacre are her ex-boyfriend 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 really like the beginning of the audiobook. It was powerful, intriguing and set the tone for the rest of the story. Unfortunately, after that it pretty much went downhill for me.
I found the characters very Holly Black. And I like her characters. However, the other side of this is they end up blurring together and becoming very much alike. And that’s a problem.
The world building wasn’t particularly stellar either. There was nothing truly new that set these vampires apart from other vampires I know, for one. With the exception of a few added elements, it was just another vampire story.
The villains were tame. Very, very tame. The vampires in general were kind of lame, too. Most of the time, they weren’t even scary – just bored, frivolous and full of themselves.
Despite all the bloodshed and violence that went on in this book, it didn’t impact me all that much. It was just like watching a very, very bad horror movie. It was a bit disgusting at times, but otherwise nothing crazy.
My biggest complain though: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown felt so slooooow. Every scene dragged on and on, with things taking forever to unravel. There were so many unecessary descriptions and inner dialogue. Had it not been for that, maybe the story would have been a lot more interesting.
The plot was a bit all over the place too. Besides nothing much happening, when things did happen they made little sense or were rushed or seemed to come out of nowhere. The backstories? So predictable and overdone. The story in itself? Soooo boring I was dying to finish it and not have to listen to it again.
I have to say the narrator was solid, though. She made the characters incredibly human and distinct, played the various emotions well, and managed both males and females quite nicely. The soundrack in the background also helped make it more suspenseful. But even they couldn’t save this story.
Should I bring out the Hallowmeter in for this disaster?
I’m not giving up on Holly Black but I was severely disappointed in this one. It started out so well! And I love vampire stories…
Besides being super slow, taking forever to develop, having the usual staple characters, weak villains, erratic plot, and bringing nothing new to the table, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was just a whole lot of meh. Meh meh meh.
Do you like Holly Black?
What book recently disappointed you the most?
Are there any authors you keep wanting to give a chance despite not being able to get into their books?
Let me know in the comments below! 😊
Thank you so much for reading!