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35 stars The Deathless Girls is part of a series from Bellatrix focussing on the irls 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 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 slavery Kizzy is the beautiful twin who soon attracts the attention of the local Lord Full of fire and light she refuses to succumb to her fate Lil sees herself as the dowdy twin Always in her sister s shadow But when Kizzy catches the eye of the wrong man it s left to Lil to fight for her It Gorgeous cover but The Deathless Girls doesn t deliver until it s final pages I feel this book had so much potential What it ultimately delivered was a very lacklustre piece of The Secret of the Great Pyramid gothic style fictionThe Deathless Girls is a book that aims toive agency to the story of the brides of Dracula from the original Dracula novel And while I have never read Dracula so ultimately can t truly compare the two I feel that this didn t uite fulfil its brief CONTENT WARNINGS I wish to mention that this book has some very Dancing with Mr. Darcy graphic descriptions of animal abuse Bite wine and there is a very uncomfortable scene where theirls are forcibly examined in an attempt to determine their virginity statusSome plot spoilers so read at your discretionThe story follows sisters Lil and Kizzy and from the outset we Lesca get the inkling that these will become deathlessirls due to prophecies about their fates So the book is an exploration into how faced with the darkest of choices these loving sisters became brides of DraculaAnd okay technically the book delivered on showing how their fates ultimately unfolded "But What Was Missing From The Narrative "what was missing from the narrative real emotionI didn t once empathise with any of the charactersTo me I felt the characters were little than pastiches Outside of knowing that Kizzy was argumentative and stubborn we never fully felt what it was that made her tick And Lil whose PoV the book is from yes we understood how she had strong familial ties to Kizzy especially but it felt like a whole lot of telling rather than showingAnd in amongst the angst and anguish a love story was shoehorned in and wow was it under developed The first time I as a reader Sharpes Trafalgar got the sense these two characters were supposed to be together I didn t understand it I felt like I had missed a chapter or two building up this connection Suddenly Mira was referred to as Lil s Mira and I was like where did that come fromFor a book that was supposed toive voice to the brides of Dracula it really didn t deliverThe book was all about Punished getting from A to B plotwise but with absolutely no nuance in the journeyAnd what was truly irksome is that ultimately the book felt pointless As a reader you know from the beginning that theseirls are not His To Protect going to have happy endings because they are to be The Deathless Girls but there should have been so much colour to their story along the way The book felt defeatist from the start which of itself you could say is an interesting idea as you let your fate take over but this book resorted to cliched tropes and eye roll worthy martyrdom that felt pointless Liloing on a hopeless journey to save Kizzy from the dragon was just written so poorly that I just wanted the book over already and both irls turned so I could put back this book on my shelf and let it ather dust for eternity as I can Babys First Christmas (Christmas Is For Kids) (Christmas Is For Kids) (Harlequin American Romances, 754) guarantee you I will not be rereading itI fully appreciate that Hargrave was trying to create the idea that theseirls had some agency in their destiny and that their options were definitely between a rock and a hard place but the ending fell beyond flat were definitely between a rock and a hard place but the ending fell beyond flat meAnd sueezing a cursory mention of the third bride of Dracula in the epilogue was extremely frustrating A book that is about forgotten women and it itself conveniently forgets one of the women until the very end Lol noI felt apathy rather than empathy towards all the characters in this bookI didn t care that Lil and Mira would never be together I didn t feel sad that they were torn from each other because their love story was just so under developedI didn t feel for Kizzy and. They say the thirst of blood is like a madness they must sate it Even with their own kinOn 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.
Kiran Millwood Hargrave ↠ 1 FREE READLy there are books with no or only few women in them and some are represented in a maddening way but there are SO MANY books where there is representation and a Ups, Kita Sudah Menikah? good one so I m not sure what triggered this It also ties back into what I said earlier about the victim role for females not sure we want to always be seen as victims I know I don tThe writing style eually wasood and yet nothing excitingly special The worldbuilding worked for me just like the characters did come to life in a nice way And yet it felt as if the landscape stayed paler than the Catwoman girls maybe because it was meant to not steal their show so to speak And the other characters weren t always fully fleshed out but rather some elaborate background decoration ironic considering that that is what the author saw in the brides which is why she wrote this book in the first place since she didn t like itAnyway not a bad book at all and I enjoyed this look at a familiar tale from a different angle but sadly not as thrilling andor beautiful as I had hoped 35 stars rounded down because I wanted vampire fun and less victimhood They came to call us the three sisters two dark one fair and worse The beautiful damned the brides of Dracul the deathlessirls I didn t realise the reuirement for a feminist retelling of a classic was to make it boring I d like to apologise in advance as it s about to Baby Legacy (So Many Babies 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 andone into hibernation mode boring The whole time I was reading I couldn t stop thinking about how bored I was On one of my lunch breaks I ot so bored with it I contemplated putting the book down and just oing back to work early Side note I didn t actually do this that would be ridiculous I just played around on my phone instead sorrynotsorry Bram Stoker s Dracula is a creepy Langlais correct pour les Nuls gothic thriller and a must read taking the premise of his brides who basicallyet a one line mention in the original tale and telling readers their story should have been amazing There s so much freedom to explore their backgrounds and what it was like for them becoming creatures of the night Kiran Millwood Hargrave has a nice writing style and I suspect she prefers to focus on slow burn narrative as opposed to action which is fine for backstory but not so Constantly Craving good for keeping readers engaged But The Deathless Girlsets so caught up in said backstory that by the time the story moves past it it s all over and those of us who came to see Brides of Dracula are left feeling severely underwhelmed Vampires aren t even mentioned until page 189 the ARC I have is 274 pages long that s over 50% of the book done before we even et a limpse of fangs I mean COME ON Don t promise me Dracula s brides and then Aryan Idols give me nothing to do with Dracula for 70% of the book The ff romance was fine it didn t feel shoe horned in which was nice I liked Mira she was strong in that silent but smart kind of way Lil our protagonist though I found her to be completely yep youuessed it boring On the other hand we have Kizzy Lil s twin Kizzy is perfect So perfect that even when she refuses to do "something which could potentially endanger the life of someone she considers family aaaaall the characters smile "which could potentially endanger the life of someone she considers family aaaaall the characters smile nod their heads in agreement because perfect Kizzy is perfect and beautiful and strong and she is always right because she s perfect so we mustn t o against perfect Kizzy s wishes and will just o and nearly Bourdieus Secret Admirer in the Caucasus get ourselves killed because poor Kizzy has morals that must be upheld no matter the cost takes deep breathesThis book wasn t for me I don t really recommend it either though the majority onoodreads seem to love it so what do I #know shrugs If you ve come here for epic Brides of Dracula shenanigans then you ve come to the wrong # shrugs If you ve come here for epic Brides of Dracula shenanigans then you ve come to the wrong The Deathless Girls is as lifeless as all those bodies Dracula keeps impaled on his castle Something in Return gates To be released mid September 2019I received an ARC through work really enjoyed this one and it was a uick read perfect for a halloween book in october strong sister dynamic positive ff relationship historical fiction aboutypsies travellers dark dracula retelling twist ending 20192020 are officially the vampires comeback and i m loving the hell out of this. She doesn't understand But she also learns about the Dragon a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes Byzantium girls asiftsThey may not have had their divining day but the irls will still discover their fate. .
How she sacrificed herself to save others because I was simply told this happened I think in that regard definitely too much action occurred off pageAnd I enuinely didn t understand Lil s choices to be with her sister again ie live as a vampire because the emotion was lackingBasically I felt the #prose throughout the novel was rather sterile and ultimately reading to the end of the novel was rather # throughout the novel was rather sterile and ultimately reading to the end of the novel was rather rather than enjoyable I simply just kept reading to see how Hargrave would wrap up everything but could just have easily abandoned the book around the 23 mark so bored and utterly uninvested emotionally was IThis is my third novel I ve read by Kiran Milwood Hargrave and I ve found her to be extremely hit and miss I didn t enjoy her middle Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, grade The Island at the End of Everything as like this book it lacks that emotional connection I m less than ambivalent about this her YA debut and yet I m obsessed with her adult debut The Mercies To me when she writes for a younger audience Iet a sense that she is shackled as a writer If you read her adult book The Mercies it is so much vibrant The characters have so much depth More heart She writes with a freedom of spirit and has so many interesting points to raise about the feminine and how it s viewedI can truly see her talent as a writer but she definitely has a tendency to The Oracles Golem (The Oracle get caught up in focusing on her settings and being overly descriptive in that regard too much simile and metaphor rather than properlyiving focus and feeling to charactersDisappointing For reviews and book related chat check out my blog 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 45 stars That cover though this sounds Measuring the Subjective Well-Being of Nations gay and dark and amazing and if it isn t actuallyay I will be very upset 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 coverWe open with a uote from Catherynne Valente so we were off to a very Let It Bree / Cant Buy Me Louie (Harlequin Duets, good start indeed What followed was the detailed account of sisters Lil and Kizzy twoypsy The Solitary Self girlsrowing up at the outskirts of Eastern European society until they are one day kidnapped and enslaved with no hope of rescue or justice With no power at all constantly being at the mercy of others and suffering their cruelties they come to crave power of their own as well as revenge And in a way we know they ll The Ornaments of Life get just that Because the Dragon they hear about in the kitchens isn t just a local legend he s very real indeed and he ll make them along with a thirdirl that we also meeet here his bridesI really don t mind a look at people talked about in literary works that never One Wish (Thunder Point, got a whole lot of spotlight before On the contrary if I like a certain fictional world I appreciate thatreatly However I might be a little sick and tired of people especially women always wanting irls to be in the victim role What if they weren t poor and powerless but spoilt daughters of rich noblemen who just wanted "Power Sure That Would "Sure that would been a much shorter book but stillMoreover since this is a tale directly involving THE vampire I was hoping for expecting to at least see of his reat influence After all we re not just talking about a rich and cruel man but a very persuasive supernatural predator But I Remembering and Repeating got disappointed there too mostly There was almost no seduction neither the sexual nor any other kind It was too easy and too uick After the detailed look at theirls lives I wanted an eually detailed look at the decision You know since that meant the end of one life and the beginning of another and was eually part of these irls tales *HOWEVER THE BOOK S CULMINATION WAS ALMOST AS BRIEF *the book s culmination was almost as brief an afterthought In fact I checked if there weren t pages missing in my edition that s how cut short it feltThen I read the afterword and thus learned that this book was commissioned as part of a series to ive women visibility Hm I m not sure women need visibility in literature to be honest and yes I m saying that as a woman Certain. By the cruel Boyar Valcar taken far away from their beloved traveller communityForced 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.