Review; The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Earlier this year, I read the novel The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and today I'll post my review of the book.

Description from Goodreads
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 Thoughts on the Book
Personally, I found the book a bit lacklustre to say it the least. While there were a few well-written descriptions here and there, the book felt a bit off of sorts. And the characters? Well, I felt they were one-dimensional and they didn't have that much development, if any at all. Also, if doing a few words and phrases in Romanian, do the proper research, especially when a vampire geek like me noticed the author used the male word Strigoi when she should have used the female strigoaica.

Even though this is supposedly an origin story about the brides of Dracula, there's only two featured in this book, the third only briefly mention in the very end, in addition to very little about (and with) Dracula in general.

Overall, it was a bit of a bummer reading this book, but on the positive note, several of the characters in the book were Romani, which isn't often featured in books.


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