Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Author: 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.

I have had this on my tbr for an age and I still don’t know why I hadn’t read this sooner. I loved it!

Tana found herself in the middle of a bloodbath and escapes with 2 unlikely companions. Aiden, her ex, who has been bitten by a vamp but not yet transformed and Gavriel, an actual vamp.

She needs to get them to Coldtown, a cornered off piece of the city where vamps can run free.  Plus she decides to go in herself with a token of escape.

Gavriel is everything I want in a vamp. A bit crazy, tortured and lovely to look at! I loved him!

‘Theyโ€™d taken every other piece of him. He would hold on to revenge. It would be his fairy story, his lullaby, sung softly by flayed lips. Off-key and deranged.’

I actually liked Aiden (the ex) and also another secondary character, Jameson. Tana was so strong, you couldn’t help but like her even though she played with death a lot! Another thing I loved was the portrayal of the vamps in this world. The same but different!

I liked the ending, it was a sort of promise of what I want it to become and I’d love to see more stories set in this world.

Illumicrate Unboxing – April 22: Nothing But Thieves!

April 2022 theme is: Nothing But Thieves

Whether it’s stealing to survive, to achieve a goal, or to right a grievous wrong…some would still see you as nothing but thieves.

๐Ÿ’› Art History Book Pot designed by @chattynora
๐Ÿ’› Papercraft Kit inspired by City of Brass, designed by @rosiethorns88
๐Ÿ’› To Be Remembered Print Album designed by @rosdottir inspired by Addie LaRue
๐Ÿ’› Gilded Wolves Bookmark Set designed by @gabriella.bujdoso


Portrait of a Thief by Grace D Li

Exclusive cover
Foil embossing
Reverse jacket art by @littlechmura
Sprayed edges

The Sunday Post – 22nd May 2022

The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer Itโ€™s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received.

Hi everyone, hope you’ve had a good week?

It was a fairly normal week for us but my room is finally finished! New floorboards, ceiling plastered, walls painted, the carpet is down and my new book shelves are up!

I spent a rather large amount of time arranging my books on them, I was really excited!!!! This is probably why I’ve only read 2 books this week (or maybe I’m going back to a normal amount of reading? Who knows!)

I’m also behind on looking at your lovely posts – will try and catch up today! Time! I need more!

What I’ve Read

For the Throne by Hannah Whitten
See my review on release day!

๐ŸŽง The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune
See my review soon!

Bookish Arrivals

Book of Night by Holly Black
Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

In case you missed it…..

Celebration – Blogaversary 7 years!
Challenge – 20 Books of Summer
Unboxing – Fairyloot YA: April 2022
Review – Gossamer in the Darkness by Kristen Ashley

What have you read lately?

Review: Gossamer in the Darkness by Kristen Ashley

Title: Gossamer in the Darkness

Series: Fantasyland #5.5

Author: Kristen Ashley

Their engagement was set when they were children. Loren Copeland, the rich and handsome Marquess of Remington, would marry Maxine Dawes, the stunning daughter of the Count of Derryman. Itโ€™s a power match. The perfect alliance for each house.

However, the Count has been keeping secret a childhood injury that means Maxine can never marry. Heโ€™s done this as he searches for a miracle so this marriage can take place. He needs the influence such an alliance would give him, and heโ€™ll stop at nothing to have it.

The time has come. There could be no more excuses. No more delays. The marriage has to happen, or the contract will be broken.

When all seems lost, the Count finds his miracle: Thereโ€™s a parallel universe where his daughter has a twin. He must find her, bring her to his world and force her to make the Marquess fall in love with her.

And this, he does.

Back in my fave world ever!!!!!!

Maxine and her Mum are spirited to a parallel universe nefariously and have parts to play. She needs to marry Loren as her Dad-not-Dad has her Mum held captive.

But Maxine is not going to take this lying down (so to speak!) and a plot hatches!

The originals are back too and I could’ve cuddled them! My Circe and Lahn!

My stomach was in a knot reading this book! But it’s the Fantasyland goodness I love!

I never want to leave this world, I want KA to write these forever. And ever. Amen.

‘Donโ€™t let me go.’

Fairyloot YA Unboxing – April 2022: Bittersweet

April – Bittersweet

Happiness and sadness, love and betrayal, all must come to a bittersweet end. You might have been victoriousโ€ฆ but at what cost?

Items inspired by The Night Circus, Strange The Dreamer, Addie LaRue and there will also be a fandom neutral item.

๐Ÿ–ค Night Circus Tray designed by @stellabookishart
๐Ÿ–ค Heart Fairy Lights by Fairyloot
๐Ÿ–ค Dreamer Pin inspired by the moth from Strange The Dreamer, designed by @jezhawk
๐Ÿ–ค Constellation Canvas Basket inspired by Addie with art from
๐Ÿ–ค Chang’e and Liwei from DotMG Tarot cards with art from @arz28
๐Ÿ–ค An Arrow to the Moon by Emily XR Pan – exclusive cover, sprayed edges and digitally signed.


Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

Exclusive cover โœ”๏ธ
Sprayed edges โœ”๏ธ
Artwork on dust jacket by @lgionsโœ”๏ธ
Art wrapped round hardcoverโœ”๏ธ
Custom endpapersโœ”๏ธ
Signed โœ”๏ธ

20 Books of Summer! I’m in!!!

Cathy746 Books has bought back 20 Books of Summer!

Here’s what Cathy has said:

Choosing your list of books is half the fun, as is following along with everyoneโ€™s progress on this years new #20booksofsummer22 hashtag.

This year I am kicking off on Wednesday 1 June and finishing on Thursday 1 September.

If you want to join in, just take the Books of Summer image, pick your own 10, 15 or 20 books you would like to read. Post the link to your choices in the comments below so I know that you are taking part. (on Cathy’s post, not mine!!)

I am not going to pile on the pressure this year so I’m going for 20….but…..I’ve picked 10 and then I’ll mood read the last 10.

๐Ÿ“šFinal Strife by Saara El-Arifi
๐Ÿ“šStealing Infinity by Alyson Noel
๐Ÿ“šBelladonna by Adalyn Grace
๐Ÿ“šDragons Promise by Elizabeth Lim
๐Ÿ“šThe Merciless Ones by Namina Forna
๐Ÿ“šBook of Night by Holly Black
๐Ÿ“šThe Wolf and Woodsman by Ava Reid
๐Ÿ“šGlow by Raven Kennedy
๐Ÿ“šHeat Wave by TJ Klune

What books would you go for?

TTT – Books I was so EXCITED to get, but still haven’t read!

Top Ten Tuesday is featured by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Topic: Books I Was SO EXCITED to get, but Still Havenโ€™t Read (bonus points if you tell us how long itโ€™s been since you got them!)

๐Ÿ“š Under Different Stars by Amy A Bartol – January 2018
๐Ÿ“š Hocus Pocus by AW Jantha – July 2018
๐Ÿ“š Penmort Castle by Kristen Ashley – November 2018
๐Ÿ“š Raw: Rebirth by Belle Aurora – January 2019
๐Ÿ“š Broken Web by Lori M Lee – June 2021
๐Ÿ“š Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco – October 2021

I know I probably have some earlier than that but 2018 is bad enough ๐Ÿ˜• ๐Ÿ˜‚

So there are 2 pics here that I couldn’t get rid of but had read so just pretend they aren’t there!!!

Blogiversary – 7 years!!!

Just a short one to say….


Happy Blogiversary to me!!

Seven years! Wow! It really only feels like yesterday!

I love seeing your posts, replying to comments and have made some fab online friends! I will admit, however, that I wish I had more time to do more!

Here’s to 7 more years and I am thankful for each and every one of you!