The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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.

TITLE: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
AUTHOR: Holly Black
PUBLISHER: Blackstone Audiobooks
YEAR: 2013
LENGTH: 419 pages (12 hours 6 minutes)
AGE: Young Adult
GENRE: Fantasy

Patrial Queer Rep Summary: Gay/Achillean Secondary Character(s), Bi/Pan Secondary Character(s).

DNF 45% in.

The introduction was engaging, and I like this version of vampirism. The worldbuilding around vampires and how the humans react is interesting and works pretty well. The story just moved too slowly to keep me engaged, and I couldn't stay interested in the main character with the decisions she was making. I don't have anything specifically negative to say about the book, it just wasn't working for me. 

CW for blood (graphic), medical content, child death, gun violence (backstory), self harm, parental death, murder, death.

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