Why The Coldest Girl In Coldtown sucks and what is exactly happening to the paranormal YA genre…..?

Wow and I thought I would never encounter another book that would fill me with so much rage. I allowed myself to gorge on this stupid shit show. It wasn’t the writing. The writing was fine. A bit awkward at times but it sufficed which is why I didn’t give this book one star.

Holly Black, I’ve heard, is supposedly fantastic. So I stepped outside of the norm and allowed myself to read this YA. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown lacks so much spirit and sincerity. Depth and heart are clearly missing from every facet. It makes the gorgeous prose meaningless. The words in this book are simply words. This book had to have simply been a shot at the money making machine that is paranormal YA. I love vampires. I truly do but I think pop culture and how our society interprets their myth has destroyed the magic. Vampires just aren’t cool anymore.

MAYBE had I read this when I was fourteen I might feel differently (doubt it). Tana lacked so much tone. Gavriel was dull. Aidan was a try hard bad boy. The only good thing I loved about this book was Valentina. I loved the inclusivity of a transwoman.

There were times when I thought it would get better but nothing interesting happens up till page 300. The way Black writes gore and violence is superb and I would love to have that translated into an adult book. Paranormal YA in general is so lacking. It’s almost as if the writers are purposely dumbing down their writing.

Let me tell you future paranormal YA writers and published writers that wish to explore the realm; you don’t have to water down the story. Your plot can be complex and meaningful. Teenagers want to read things that challenge them. Or if you’re really out of touch with the demographic, then don’t bother at all. Paranormal YA deserves just as much hard work as any adult fantasy genre.

It’s a shame to me that writers don’t feel like they have to try hard and be thoughtful when putting together a YA paranormal story. I’m not saying Black didn’t try. She probably tried her damned hardest. I wouldn’t know because I haven’t read anything else by her. I intend to and maybe I can return to this post later and give a better review on what went wrong with this book. I think publishing companies should be held accountable too. Stop allowing paranormal YA to become over saturated with sub par work.

Contemporary YA is amazing so why shouldn’t fantasy/paranormal? Do better YA writers…..

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown could’ve really gone there. It could’ve really been smart but it was just a meshed version of True Blood and Interview With a Vampire squished up into a convoluted mess. This could’ve been really original and of its own. 2/5 stars.

I read The Diabolic before this but I don’t plan on reading anymore niche YA for a long time.

TLDR; If Twilight was your jam, then this might be up your alley. While it isn’t the most original book, I see how it could be entertaining for someone who seeks it’s genre. The gore is a bit shocking for YA, but I enjoyed that aspect of it. The vampires in this book do actually do vampire things and that’s always enjoyable.

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Me Before You ~ Book Review

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Me Before You is one of those books that has been ripped apart by outrage culture due to its popularity. Did I enjoy this book? Yes! I loved it and cried an hour after it ended. It’s one of my favorite books of all time now. Does it deserve the criticism it received? Yea sure. Anything deserves fair criticism. I have realized a trend in people denouncing books before reading them. For example, the outrage that Outlander managed to receive.

Let me start off first with what I loved about this book. It’s not necessarily a romance novel. The romance takes a huge backseat in this story. It’s heavily character driven. Louisa and Will are my favorite fictional pairing. I won’t say couple because (spoiler) it never really happens. At least not in the book. I would like to state first that I haven’t seen the movie and I feel no need to. All of the characters are amazing. Even Louisa’s dweeb of a boyfriend. Jojo Moyes’ writing is simple but colorful. Straight to the point but haunting in some passages.

Now, I am an able-bodied person. So what I experienced while reading this is likely not comparable to what a disabled person might experience. I thought this book did a great job at highlighting how our everyday life functions and navigation isn’t readily accessible to disabled people. I don’t think this book sensationalized Will’s disability either. So when I hear that particular criticism I’m wondering if I’ve even read the same book. Will was an amazing character. We often talk about the need for diversity and Will I think, deserves a lot more credit as a disabled, smart, handsome, and witty character. In the book, it even explains that there was a point in time where Will was confident in his circumstances. He tried to live his life, but he could no longer regulate his body temperature, anything could trigger pneumonia, and his health was slowly debilitating. He would never get better.

How Louisa and the Turners handle Will’s decision is part of an important point that Moyes was trying to make. No one agrees with Will’s decision. Not a single person. Louisa even talks to other quadriplegics with varying opinions and experiences on a forum. Which is another thing people seem to ignore, but once again. I haven’t seen the movie so I don’t know if this is left out.

If Will had decided to live, people would still be upset that a woman made his life meaningful to him. Regardless of how this story ended, some people were still going to be upset.

I loved this book, but everyone is entitled to their opinion. Even those who haven’t even bothered to pick it up.

The entire point of this book, I think, was about Will’s autonomy. And if you read the book, then you know what I mean. I can’t properly articulate how I feel and I’m aware that I’m speaking from a place of privilege.

TLDR; Even though there has been controversy surrounding Me Before You, I do recommend everyone to give it a try and if it makes you uncomfortable then you can at least say that you gave it a shot. It was worth the time.

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