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The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave – ARC Review

 

My Rating ~ Four stars

RELEASE DATE:  October 2019

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Books Australia

Format: Paperback

 

Blurb

 

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…

 

 

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Review

Thank you so much to Hachette Children’s Books for providing me with a copy of The Deathless Girls in exchange for an honest review.

 

The Deathless Girls is the untold origin story of the Brides of Dracula.  Twin sisters Kizzy and Lil are excited for their divining day, the day they will discover who they will become in the world.  But the night before, their travelling community is attacked and the girls are taken by slavers, never to return, or experience their divining day.

Their new lives are terrible, but it could be worse, rumours of a man so terrible that girls are given to him as gifts, to ensure the safety of the rest of the people, are whispered among the other slaves.  With their minds full of how they can escape their current situation, the real question is, who and what is the Dragon?

I loved the atmosphere in this book, I quickly became lost in the story each time I picked it up.  The author managed to somewhat capture the gothic feel a story about the Brides of Dracula deserved, while maintaining quite a modern feel to the dialogue.

Dracula was certainly not the main attraction in this book, the female characters stole the show and gave life to the side line of the old tale.  Kizzy and Lil were both strong characters in their own way – one fighting tooth and nail to escape their fates and the other trying her hardest to survive without anyone getting hurt.

I found the writing in The Deathless Girls to be beautiful and engaging and although I originally expected more vampire activity, once I realised this was an origin story, everything just made sense.  Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still get your vampire fix with this one, but the lead up to the beginning of the story we already know was spellbinding enough in itself.

 

 

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