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The Deathless Girls

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Gothic, intoxicating, feminist, darkly provoking and deeply 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 fa
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: September 19th 2019 by Orion Children's Books
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Amy Imogene Reads
Mar 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Jamie-Lee Turner
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Kiran brings her lyrical prose to the hills of Transylvania in this exquisite tale of sisters, love and bravery.

We follow Lillai and Kizzy as they are torn from their family and enslaved hours before their divining day. With their futures now uncertain, Lillai strives to survive while her sister refuses to be smothered and she soon gains the unwanted attention, not of a man but a monster...

And although, the Strigoi and Vampyrs take a back-seat in this retelling, the sense of dread is sprinkled t
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Actual rating 3.5/5
Janet Brown
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
The Deathless Girls is billed as the untold story of the Brides of Dracula, who feature briefly in Bram Stoker's book. Following twins Kizzy and Lil, Romani travellers, who on their 17th birthday are kidnapped and enslaved by the feared local lord, the Boyar Valcar. Taken to his castle and put into service, the girls face adversity together until, on the orders of the Boyar, Kizzy is taken as a gift for Dracul. Although beautifully and evocatively written, I found it puzzling that the focus was ...more
Leonie Byrne
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Hatchette Children's Books for my arc of The Deathless Girls in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: The untold story of the Brides of Dracula, the first YA book from author Kiran Millwood Hargrave. A gothic story which follows twins Kizzy and Lil, seventeen year old travellers who are awaiting the divining that will allow them to discover their fates. But before that can happens tragedy strikes. Kidnapped and enslaved by the Boyar Valcar a
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is one in the new Bellatrix imprint of feminist retellings of classical tales for young adult readers. Kiran Millwood Hargrave has chosen to rewrite Dracula, focusing on the so-called Brides of Dracula and imagining them as teenage Traveller twins who become vampyres ' by their own choice' in order to have power, escape their fate as enslaved Travellers and avoid separation. I found aspects of the tale interesting, particularly the way in which the author captured the centuries old pre ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of how twins Lillai and Kizzy become the brides of Dracula, although he doesn't make an appearance until late in the novel. I was initially a bit puzzled by that, before remembering it's an origin story! And it's a good one.

Lillai and Kizzy are part of a close-knit Travelling community, with their mother and brother, until the day the community is attacked, many of them are murdered, the caravans burnt and the young people taken into slavery. Most of them end up in the fields o
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It’s a gothic tale told from a strong female protagonist’s point of view. Lil is nearly seventeen, a twin, living life to the full within a close knit community when disaster strikes- all the elders in her community are murdered violently and the young adults and children are enslaved. She and Kizzy her twin are selected to become ‘serving girls’- and are destined to be playthings of the man who was behind their capture. Fate intervenes and Kizzy is taken to an even darker mor ...more
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having loved, ‘A Girl of Ink and Stars’ and ‘The Island at the End of Everything’, I was excited to read this book, especially knowing that the girls were originally the ‘brides’ in Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’.
It was a fantastic fast paced read that I couldn’t put down; it gripped me so much I read it in a day. The plot pulled me along, with strong characters, portrayed as gutsy and determined - trying to survive their impending fate. The anticipation of the ending meant that the suspense kept you
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Man, Kiran continues to just write belter after belter. This is brilliant. A telling of the life of the sisters in Dracula. A gripping tale about the fierceness of love, sisterhood and fear. Haunting, dark and fierce! As someone who knows very little about Dracula, I was worried I’d get lost, but I didn’t at all. Whether you’re a Dracula fan or not, this is WELL worth a read!
Jun 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
The cover is so beautiful. *.* And the story follows the brides of Dracula?! So excited!!!

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Sarah stewart
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this story! Told from a female perspective, this novel gives an insight into the women of the traditional Dracula story and the author really hooks you into their plight. I found myself totally immersed in the world of the girls, and heartbroken at their plight early on. A really good read, and one I couldn’t put down - despite knowing there was only one way it could end.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent - with fantastic characters, storyline and writing style, I would highly recommend this book.
2019/2020 are officially the vampires comeback and i'm loving the hell out of this
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Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award winning poet, playwright, and author.

Her books include the bestselling winner of the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017 The Girl of Ink & Stars, and Costa Book Awards- and Blue Peter Awards-shortlisted The Island at the End of Everything, and The Way Past Winter is forthcoming in October 2018. He