Book Review

Review – The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. A book that has taken me by surprise and one that I highly recommend!

Synopsis:

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…

My Review:

I honestly could not put this book down! I wasn’t sure what I was expecting when I started The Deathless Girls as YA wasn’t a genre that I read often, but I was so glad I got a chance to read this book a while back.

The Deathless Girls is about the untold story of the brides of Dracular. This serves as the main backdrop of the book but Dracular isn’t the main focus / theme of the story. The book follows the journey of two twin sisters, Lil and Kizzy, who were captured and enslaved by the Valcar. It is a story about sisterhood, friendship, survival and defiance of fate. Even though it is YA, it doesn’t read like it. It is very descriptive and full of gothic feels. There are elements of darkness which add so much more to the story and make it even more compelling and dazzling.

I particularly love the supportive and yet complex relationship between Lil and Kizzy. Kiran has created two very real characters for the readers and I am sure you will all fall in love with both of them just like I do. The appearance of Mira is a very pleasant surprise and it completes the story so well. I have really enjoyed the interactions between Lil and Mira, and I do want more of that!

Overall this is a very addictive, alluring, uniqued, mystical and dark tale. I enjoyed this story thoroughly and it is a book I highly recommend! I think Kiran is a very talented writer, she has the ability to make characters alive and stories memorable. I seriously cannot wait for her next book The Mercies!

Thank you so much Megan and ED PR for sending me this beautiful copy to review. The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave is out now, published by Hachette Children’s Group, priced £12.99 in hardback.

About The Author:

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award-winning poet, playwright, and bestselling novelist. Her debut novel for children The Girl of Ink & Stars won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year. Her work has been short- and long-listed for other major prizes including the Costa Award, and the CILIP Carnegie Award. The Deathless Girls is her first novel for Young Adults. She’s a graduate of both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and lives by the river in Oxford with her husband and cat.

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