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Halloween Mini Review – The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (Spoiler-Free)

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 πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Let’s get to it! πŸ¦‡

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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.

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cat.png 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.

cat.png 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.

cat.png 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.

cat.png 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.

cat.png 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.

cat.png 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.

cat.png 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.

cat.png 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?

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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.

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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! 😊

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38 thoughts on “Halloween Mini Review – The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (Spoiler-Free)

  1. I felt meh about this one. I love Holly Black, but I think I love her most when she’s writing about fae. It’s funny, when other writers write about fae, they almost make them sound like vampires. Holly has more of a unique take in my opinion. But I think I’m just not that into vampires, so I’m a bit biased against this one.

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    1. I have only read one other book of hers, The Cruel Prince, which was about fae and I wasn’t a fan either. It was better than this one, though, and I gave it either 3 or 3.5 stars but it was still not great…

      I like vampires so that wasn’t why I didn’t like this one. I will keep trying and see if I find one that I fall in love with, however πŸ™‚

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  2. Sorry to hear that this one was a bit of a letdown. It sometimes happens, and as you say not every book can be liked. Hopefully the next one will be better, but I still think that your post for this book was just as fun to read as for a book that you do like. You always manage to create something fun either way, so I can only say job well done!
    Can’t really remember the last time a book disappointed me honestly. Then again, I don’t read as much as you, so that might be it as well lol.
    Great post! 😊😊

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    1. Let’s hope so! I’m glad to hear it πŸ™‚ That’s what I always aim for: for anyone to enjoy the post, regardless of their taste in books. So thank you!

      Hahaha well I don’t remember too many either, but it’s probably because books who don’t leave a lasting impression just kind of slip my mind. Brain only keeps the good ones xD

      Thank you so much! ❀

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  3. Great review! I’m sorry this book didn’t meet your expectations! I haven’t read this book but I also had the same issues with her other book The Darkest Part of Forest. It was also pretty slow! Anyway, I hope you enjoy your next read! Happy reading! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Raven! ❀ I haven't read that one either (only The Cruel Prince, which didn't impress me) but I don't quite remember if pacing was an issue there. I think this was the first book in a while that I got super bored with very fast… Such a shame!
      Thank you so much, and right back at you! πŸ˜‰

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  4. A great and honest review. I’m sorry this book wasn’t what you’d been hoping. It sucks when the world building doesn’t amount to much. It prevents you from losing yourself in the story 😦 Hope your next read is better! Also, love the Hallowmeter!

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    1. Aw thank you, Jazz! So happy you liked it πŸ™‚
      I agree, it definitely felt like that… It was just a bit too Hollywood-y at times, like I was watching it happen from afar rather than being part of it, you know? So it didn’t connect with me.

      I’m now reading The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein and so far it’s much more enjoyable! Also, the perfect Halloween read πŸ™‚

      Thank you hon! ❀ I had a lot of fun coming up with it hahaha

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  5. I’ve never read anything by Holly Black, but I’ve heard people rave about how wonderful she is! I really should pick up one of her books some day… but this one? Probably not. I’m not into violence, let alone a book you only have 2.5 candies to… πŸ˜‰

    A recent read which disappointed me? I had two DNF nonfiction books I received from NetGalley. One, From Panel to Screen is about transforming a comic into a film. I was super excited to learn about the creative process! Nope, instead it was about the technology they use to make movies. Misled! The other one, A Perfect Score is about a pair of wealthy New Yorkers who sell everything they own and move to Napa to start a winery. Then within five years, they achieve the coveted Perfect Score for their wines from Wine Spectator. There was so much privilege leaking from the pages I had to stop. Yuck.

    It’s hard to imagine Halloween is almost over! Will you be writing another mini review? What will happen after October ends?!

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    1. Yeah me too, which was why this was such a disappointment :/ I wouldn’t recommend it either way, and not because it’s violent. It’s just not worth your time, in my opinion!

      Ugh, I hate that! I would have expected it to be about the creative process at all – so much more interesting… Hmm I usually don’t mind privileged characters as long as they’re likable and not dickheads. But is it based on a true story? That would make it hard to stomach.

      I will most definitely write at least one more mini review! Maybe two if I’m lucky xD I don’t have any more planned, though, and I don’t have the time for that unfortunately… It was great while it lasted though.

      Next stop is the NEWTs posts! Which is the second part in the OWLs readathon. Basically, a lot more books and challenges in November. I’m excited and terrified at the same time, because it’s definitely a hard readathon. But I hope my posts/progress will be enjoyable to read at least πŸ™‚

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      1. Well, this makes me feel better about passing on this then. XD Thanks for the reinforcement! I’ll wait and pick up a different Holly Black title as my first read of her’s. Do you plan on picking up any of Black’s other books?

        Where did the time go?! I cannot believe today is Halloween already. NOVEMBER STARTS TOMORROW! WHAT. STOP IT. I need all that time back! XD This was a super fun month for reviews. I cannot wait to read about your NEWTs!

        And, if you’re participating in NEWTs, you should totally participate in my #ThanksgivingReadathon ! I mean, two birds with one stone, right? #ShamelessPlug

        Check it out here!

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        1. Yes, definitely! I’ll be reading The Lost Sisters this November and then I’ll probably try the sequel (The Wicked King).

          Hahaha I’ll check your readathon out! Though I’ve already picked up the books so not sure if any of them fit… We’ll see πŸ˜›

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  6. Holly Black is actually one of my favourite authors, but I’ve only read her fae books (the Modern Faerie Tales trilogy and The Cruel Prince) so I’m not sure if I can be used as a judge for all her works! πŸ™‚
    It sucks you didn’t enjoy this one that much Sophie, especially considering it’s by Holly Black. I think because I enjoyed her other books I kind of expect more from her writing. Based on your review this sounds a bit all over the place, and the fact that the plot was slow, the world building was not great, and the villains were a little too tame was there actually anything you can say was incredible in this one?
    Still hopefully the next book you pick up will be amazing again, and also great review as always! πŸ˜€ ❀️

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    1. I’ve read The Cruel Prince too and wasn’t impressed either! 😦 Which makes me wonder if it’s just me not liking her style or just having been unlucky about what I’ve read so far…
      Yeah it did feel all over the place and slow as heck. Which would be fine if she had made it interesting but I just didn’t feel any joy while reading it? And my rating is usually based more on feelings rather than technical performance. There wasn’t anything wrong with her writing per se, but it just didn’t grip me. So no, nothing worth mentioning about that made me want to keep reading. I would have DNFed it had I not wanted to find out what happened in the end, whether or not it would change my mind. It didn’t 😦
      I’m currently reading The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein and so far it’s been really enjoyable! So it’s all right ^^
      Thank you so much, darling ❀ Your comments always make me so happy πŸ˜€

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      1. Oh that’s a shame, but actually given that that’s two books by Holly Black you haven’t enjoyed maybe that is the case.
        I’ve read slow books which I’ve loved, it comes down to the characters for me. If they’re well written and developed it makes up for the slow story line doesn’t it? But I’ve had books like that, on the surface there’s been nothing wrong with them there just hasn’t been that spark.
        Hopefully The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein will continue to be enjoyable then, and that’s all right! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  7. I haven’t read any Holly Black’s books but I do have The Cruel Prince on my bookshelf to read. Have you read it yet? I guess you save me time from reading The Coldest Girl in Coldtown then πŸ™‚ Great review!

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    1. I did and honestly didn’t impress me either… It was better than this one, though! I’m still not sure if it was just me not being in the mood for it, though, so definitely do give it a try πŸ™‚ You might enjoy it, as a lot of people do.
      Thank you so much, Jasmine! ❀

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  8. Wonderful review, Sophie! I’m so sorry to hear this book didn’t live up to your expectations. I haven’t read anything by Holly Black just yet, but heard only good things about her stories. I am a bit nervous to get into them because of that, the hype haha πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing this! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie! Yeah I was too and I guess my expectations were a bit toooo high, so that’s why I ended up so disappointed. Oh well πŸ™‚ I’ll hopefully find at least one that I love hahaha
      I hope you do love them when you try them, though! Each person’s different after all.
      Thank you so much for reading, darling! ❀ ❀

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  9. I am sorry you didn’t like this one. I read it some years ago and I loved it! Yes, I am with you on some parts anyway, like the worldbuilding. It’s not stellar and I didn’t care much about it, but I enjoyed this reading a lot. I think that I fall in love with Holly Black with this book. But since that, I fall out and in love with her, because her books on the faeries aren’t my favorite, all of them started well and then… I don’t know what happens but I find myself not invested in them. And she seems to really like faeries!
    I hope that your next readings would be way more satisfying than this one! πŸ™‚

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    1. Yeah, it was such a shame… I’ve heard really good things about it! I’m not sure if I’ll enjoy her other books more. I’ve read The Cruel Prince and was also not a fan, so it’s probably just me. Which breaks my heart because I love faeries!
      Thank you so much, Susy, and you as well 😊 ❀

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  10. I have never read any Holly Black. I’ve noticed a lot of her work is quite polarising among bloggers that I like. People will either be like THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER or meh, don’t read it – and I can’t make a decision as a result! I mean I know I should probably just pick up a book anyway but who wants to read a bad book?

    My most disappointing book lately was this horrific thing called Losing It about adult virgins. It was so bad in so many different ways. Hard cringe – would definitely recommend avoiding at all costs.

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    1. Hahaha yeah, that seems to be the case! I personally won’t discard her just yet, although I’ll be going into her books with much lower expectations now, that’s for sure. I think you should definitely try them at one point. Maybe The Cruel Prince will do it for you. It didn’t for me but I can’t deny it was a well written book and the characters and plot were quite intriguing.

      That sounds absolutely awful indeed D: Is it by Cora Carmack? Because I have that one on my TBR and was totally counting on reading it xD I don’t remember it being about adult virgins though…

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  11. I haven’t read this one before. I have found that a great narrator can definitely affect my enjoyment of a book that I might otherwise not continue reading. A slow plot is such a downer, though. I hope that you enjoy your next read. πŸ™‚

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  12. I haven’t read this one, but really want to give some past Holly Black books a go because of how much I enjoyed The Cruel Prince. Glad to hear that at least the narrator was good despite the story not really meeting your expectations when it comes to characters and world building. Will lower my expectations for this one if I ever decide to pick it up.

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    1. I’ll definitely try more of her books. I didn’t particularly care for The Cruel Prince but I will be continuing the series regardless. It left me a bit curious and because I listened to the audiobook, I want to know if I’ll enjoy the written format more and whether the sequel is better. I’ll also be reading The Lost Sisters (#1.5) sometime soon.
      I hope you enjoy any of the books you decide to pick up from her! πŸ™‚

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