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The Deathless Girls

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  5,894 ratings  ·  1,202 reviews
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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 19th 2019 by Orion Children's Books
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Aug 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
this sounds gay and dark and amazing and if it isn’t actually gay I will be very upset
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

The Deathless Girls is part of a series from Bellatrix focussing on the girls forgotten to literature. Those female characters that have been sidelined in epic stories to allow others to shine, and have been lost in the background. But more than that, this is a story about female love and relationships. It’s full of sisterly love, a sapphic romance, the brutality of life and to top it all off - vampires. Kizzy and Lil are 17 year old traveller twins who are captured and sold into slav
Hannah Greendale
Gorgeous cover, but The Deathless Girls doesn’t deliver until it’s final pages.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, here's the thing: I like traditional vampires. I like them dark and sinister, charming their way from meal to meal while being true and unapologetic monsters. Not the "vegetarian" variety full of existential angst and bullshit like that. Nevertheless, since I usually can't resist anything vampiristic, I thought a take on the brides could be interesting (plus: look at that cover!).

We open with a quote from Catherynne Valente so we were off to a very good start indeed. What followed was the de
"They came to call us the three sisters - two dark, one fair - and worse. The beautiful damned, the brides of Dracul, the deathless girls."

I didn't realise the requirement for a feminist retelling of a classic was to make it boring (I'd like to apologise in advance as it's about to get real frosty in here).

A story focusing on the vampire brides of Dracula. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?!
... how about the fact that it was boring, boring; my brain has shut down and gone into hibernation mode;
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘A vampyre cannot love, only thirst. And that, above all else, is what truly damns us.’

This was an excellent re-imagining of the brides of Dracula, very evocative. 4.5 stars.
really enjoyed this one, and it was a quick read - perfect for a halloween book in october :)

✅ strong sister dynamic
✅ positive f/f relationship
✅ historical fiction about gypsies travellers
✅ dark dracula retelling
✅ twist ending

Amy Imogene Reads
Mar 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
That cover though...
Rep: Romani wlw mc, Romani characters

CWs: murder, violence, implied sexual harrassment, attempted sexual assault

• oh god can we talk how badly the author researched Romanian - using a plural form in place of a singular, using a singular form in place of a plural, MAKING UP a singular form for a word, getting the plural form of a word wrong, using a definite noun where an indefinite one is needed, deciding randomly to show that she knows how Romanian definite articles work only to go back to usin
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an re-imagining of the story of the three brides of Dracula. This immediately piqued my interest because I’d already read Bram Stoker's masterpiece and I certainly appreciate a good vampire story (thank you Twilight!). This book, although vampires are a theme here, is on a different level though - the story easily suits a modern twist. It's a cleverly crafted tale, with storytelling that is both rich and delicate.

I thought the idea of focusing on
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it


What I love the most about this book : The atmosphere gothic and dark without being to hard or bloody. Love the mix with Dracula's bride story. I think I’m so in a mood for vampire.
And the things that made me happy f/f made me melt like a marshmallow. I love my girls so badly and I want to protect them. 
Even if sometimes I felt that was
Apr 10, 2021 rated it liked it
it was a good read. debut ya novel which wasn't my favorite, but not one to dnf either, i guess. going into it, i feel like i expected something else. it is a Dracula retelling, dark and mysterious, but not in a way that would make me remember this book.
however, it is a book that has beautiful descriptions about nature and animals, but i found myself bored to DEATH while reading it. the end of the book quite saved the whole story tbh. this is a book that i'll forget really quick lmao
Brenda Waworga
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Started this book with Zero Expectation and turns out i really enjoyed this one. The Writing style is easy to read and also gripping me from the start! i definetly will read more books from this author

I love this story is Gothic and dark, with magic and gypsy and vampires.

The story is from single POV (Lillai) we followed her and her twin sister journey when they got abducted and became slaves

The plot is pretty simple but i love how the story is about sisterhood, how close Lillai and her twin sis
rachel ☾
more of the immortal vampyre brides getting revenge on shitty men pls and thank you

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Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Can you hear the sound of crushing disappointment coming from me? I was looking so forward to this book as soon as I saw it on Goodreads. Dracula is one of my favorite books ever (seriously, I named my cat Mina). This is a book about the vampire brides of Dracula and I could already picture myself devouring this feminist and deliciously gothic retelling. This book should have been amazing, the story of the brides of Dracula should have been amazing. Well, it's not so much a retelling since they' ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
When I heard this would be a fleshing out of the so-called "brides" of Dracula written as a YA, I was worried that it would devolve into something a little less dark than what it really came to be.

Thank goodness, right?

There is a rather powerful trend to make vampires less... scary... these days, and building a mystique that lets us approve of these "brides" makes me feel some unease. Fortunately, the core of THIS tale is the brutality of being used and abused on the outskirts of accepted civi
Beatrice in Bookland
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
"A vampyre cannot love, only thirst. And that, above all else, is what truly damns us."

This is quite possibly one of the most boring books I've ever read. It takes ages for the plot to move and when it does it gets nowhere particularly interesting.
The book's 300 pages long.
The first 200 pages have the protagonist thinking about how beautiful, amazing, intelligent, spectacular, out of this world her identical twin is, whilst our protagonist's average and not worth notice, of course.
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Sarah  Loves Books, Books and More Books
I was really excited to read this especially as it is an origin story of the three vampire brides in Dracula - so I was pleased to receive a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It started off really well and I really began to care for the two sisters who were the main characters - however as I read more I became a little bit bored with the storyline and it was quite slow in terms of plot and action and not as scary as I was hoping.
The villains were also one-dimensional caricatu
Lydia Hephzibah
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Major disappointment. Lacking plot, poor characterisation, flat and uninspiring "romance". I was led to believe this is a sapphic vampire book; it is not - vampires are only a part of the final ~10%, and barely at that, and while there is a F/F relationship, it is so blandly written with such one-dimensional characters that I wanted to throw the book across the room. ...more
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
I don’t really know what to think of this... it felt like a cross over of a few different stories for example: Girls of Paper and Fire and An Ember in the Ashes; that’s just the first thing that popped into my head but I’m pretty sure other books that deal with slavery and doing certain things, mainly picked up on it because of cook...

I genuinely really wanted to enjoy this, but for me personally everything felt slightly flat, I couldn’t tell you a lot about the characters, the romance really an
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Okay not at all what I was expecting and I'm highly troubled and confused by the current GR score of 3.65/5

I really liked this from start to finish. It's one of those books that sort of changes genres part way through which always keeps it interesting for me. I do wish the ending wasn't so hasty. Give it another chapter or two? I enjoyed the characters a lot but especially the dynamic between the sisters. I want to do some more research into the book now as well because I feel like it pulled in
Bitchin' Reads
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My heart sings for this book. Love, love, love. Gothic literature always hits me in all the right places.
Nope! Maybe because I’m Romanian, this book didn’t work for me. Sorry. Nevertheless beautiful looking book.
May 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you listen closely, you will hear my heart as it shatters into a million pieces.
note to self: just because this has a quote from one of your favourite books as an epigraph does not mean it will be similarly incredible.

I didn't mind The Deathless Girls. I confess I had hoped for a bit more from it, but it was good enough. The pacing was tight, so I read most of it within a few hours, but I also found it lacked a certain depth which would've made it truly good. It just needed to be a bit . . . longer maybe? I was surprised when the heroine only headed to Dracul's castle in t
Stacey (prettybooks)
Note: I read this for the YA Book Prize 2020 (I'm one of the judges, hooray!). ...more
I really enjoyed this though it was super sad! I was rooting for Lil and Kizzy, even though I didn't really like them. I actually found the ending super satisfying. ...more
Amanda ☕ Steeping Stories ☕
The Deathless Girls was a disappointment on so many levels. It wasn’t until after reading that I realised this was an origin story for two of Dracula’s brides. If I’d known that, it would’ve made the ending less bizarre. But it wouldn’t have saved the novel, despite its intriguing premise, from being painfully boring and lacklustre.

The book’s first disappointment is the sibling relationship between twins Lil and Kizzy. We’re told over and again that the two share a deep bond, but I just didn’t b
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars

I am going through so many emotions right now, oh my god.

this book is so beautiful and sad and quiet and soft. I don’t even know how to put into words how much I enjoyed it.

this book is a look into kizzy & lil’s journey together through horrors, heartbreak, and love. it’s not for everyone at all. the plot really doesn’t pick up until 100 pages in and we don’t see actual vampires until 200. so this is not necessarily a vampire book but it is a beautiful historical fantasy with themes
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Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award winning poet, playwright, and novelist.

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, Blackwell's Children's Book of the Ye

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