A bit about today’s bookish pick…
This Christmas the Drabble family began a new bookish tradition. Instead of shopping until we dropped, we opted for a more simplistic ‘Icelandic style’ book exchange. I asked my dad to choose me something that I wouldn’t normally pick for myself and he gifted me The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Whilst it may not be the sort of thing that would catch my eye in a bookshop, I found myself hooked from the moment I turned to the first page. I didn’t know anything about it before I began reading. I glanced the blurb but resisted the urge to google. I entered this bookish pick completely blind!
This book is about a lot of things. Love. Family. Sexuality. Oppression. Injustice. These things alone had me enraptured. Then it effortlessly morphs into a fantasy and reveals itself to be a far bigger beast. It tackles the mythology surrounding Dracula from an angle that was refreshing, inventive and surprising.
The authors’s voice felt entirely authentic. The visual descriptions bloomed in my mind like paintings on a canvas. Page by page I got to know the sisters as though they were real people, not just characters in a book. There were times I almost entirely forgot I was reading a novel, as I was transported into a dark, dark world.
At first I found myself wishing that there had been more scenes showing the twins adjusting to their life after they’d been converted into Vampyre’s, but upon reflection I think the ending was just right. After all, this was not just a tale of bloodthirsty monsters, but at its core, a story about love conquering all.
Until the next bookish blog…