Happy Sunday!! Hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend! Today, I’m thrilled to be sharing my thoughts on Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Deathless Girls.
Massive thanks to Megan Denholm of ed.pr for inviting me on the blog tour and for my gorgeous copy of The Deathless Girls (more about that later!)
Gothic, intoxicating, feminist and romantic – this is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave in her much-anticipated YA debut.
They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin.
On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.
Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.
They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate…
What Did I Think?
Before I tell you what I thought of The Deathless Girls, I want to take a moment to gush about the cover. The dustcover to the hardback book is just gorgeous but hidden underneath is the most beautifully ornate cover I’ve seen. And then the inside cover ! I adore it!! 😍😍
So The Deathless Girls is a retelling of one of the most famous works of fiction, Dracula but with a twist. Kiran Millwood Hargrave has taken two young traveller girls on a journey. A very dark and scary journey for these teenagers as they see their home burnt to the ground. A journey that sees them have to grow up very quickly and learn to make tough decisions as they find themselves in the strange castle of Boyar Valcar.
I loved the contrast in personalities the author creates between the twin girls – Kizzy, headstrong and defiant versus Lil who wants to keep her head down and not ripple the waters. But as the story develops, so do the twins. They have to adapt to their surroundings and the actions of others which affect the girls forever.
This gothic novel is a fabulously dark nod to Bram Stoker’s classic that I read many years ago as a teenager myself. Despite being a young adult book, it’s very dark and this not-so-young adult thoroughly enjoyed it.
Who Is Kiran Millwood Hargrave?
Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award-winning poet, playwright and bestselling novelist. Her debut novel for children, The Girl of Ink and Stars, won the Waterstones Book Prize and the Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. Her work has been long and short-listed for several other major prizes, including the Costa Award and the CILIP Carnegie Award. The Deathless Girls is her first novel for Young Adults.
Kiran Millwood Hargrave is a graduate of both Oxford and Cambridge universities and lives by the river in Oxford with her husband and cat.