Monday, August 3, 2015

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown // Holly Black

Hello fellow readers! I feel the need to apologize again for being so inactive. I have been in something of a reading/ writing slump lately. I have also been in a slump on Instagram, I guess I was just feeling a little burnt out. Anyways, I know that in writing and blogging and social media the best thing that I can do is to keep at it and keep trucking through the slump, so here we are.
So! Let's get into it.
The Coldest Girl in ColdTown
Holly Black

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I read this book because I was watching Read by Zoe's BookTube Shelf Tour and this book kept popping up in my Instagram account again. At first I must admit that I was quite skeptical
, I am usually not that into Vampire novels as I have stated in the past. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I really enjoyed the mix of traditional vampire lore and the modern twist. I have read all of the Sookie Stackhouse (read True Blood) series and have to say that one part that I found extremely lacking was the modern age vampire plot.
I really enjoyed Tana as the protagonist. I felt that she was very well written, strong, and far braver than her situation warranted.  The way she handles Gavriel and the moronic Aiden are is far beyond what any normal person would have done in a similar situation. 
I must say though that even though I think her actions in the end of the book are noble and brave, they are also stubborn to the point of crazy. Which begs the question, is a decision (even if it is a pure one) a good decision when you are making it our of pure stubbornness and rather than logic? If your head and heart are telling you to make a choice but you refuse to make the choice out of willfulness is it the right choice? 
I am not sure if that will make sense or not, but to sum it all up, I think that she was just making her choice out based on a decision that her heart had made before she had all the variables and facts figured out. She was making her situation harder just by being willful. I honestly don't know how she is going to continue her life with her partner when she has made a decision that makes it impossible for them to be together. 
But that is not a flaw in the writing, if anything it is a character flaw which has been written in on purpose. 
If I have any complaints about the book I would say that the first one is that I thought the story dragged a little in the middle. The beginning started off with a lot of corpses and background but once they have arrived to their destination things got pretty slow for a couple of chapters. 
Another complaint I have is about a small plot twist involving a relative. I try not to giveaway spoilers, so I won't say more but if you have read the book, you'll understand that I thought there was no point in having the person visit.
And lastly, I feel that the twist was predictable. I guess I have just become accustomed to stories like this and the ending but I could see what was going on with Gavriel a while before it happened. 
Overall I give this book a 7 out of 10. It was well written, I was engaged, and I really enjoyed the both the characters and the storyline. 
I will be reading more works by Holly Black in the future. 

So I mentioned a video earlier and I have recently gotten into BookTubers. You can check out the aforementioned Read By Zoe in the video below. 




Let me know if you'll be reading The Coldest Girl in ColdTown. Also I need some recommendations for BookTubers, who are your favorites?
Also, I am starting a new segment called Follow Me Fridays, this is where I will feature a Blogger, BookTuber, or Bookstagramer that I really like. If you would like to make a suggesting or submit your blog, YouTube Channel, or Instagram account you can email me: theopenbbooksblog@gmail.com* (You must follow the blog to be eligible to submit*)