To be honest, I am a bit of a scaredy cat, so when my friend approached me with a buddy read for this book I wasn’t sure if it was going to be as fun for me. (I tend to hide behind my hands during Stranger Things…enough said) But nevertheless her enthusiasm was contagious and I agreed.
And so we start a three day read of one the most intense books I have read all year.
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was out of my comfort zone but the intensity of the story kept me intrigued the entire time. The world building is phenomenal and so easy to get into.
This is a very intense read, be prepared for intense, graphic scenes of slavery, murder, animal torture amongst others. The story is built around these scenes, making it difficult to skip any of it. This is also the parts that in my opinion was the best written. These parts show the most character development and conflict building.
Following the story of twins being taken into slavery and the trials and tribulations this read comes with various trigger warnings.
My only critique is that I wish there was more to the story as far as relationships go with other characters. At times it felt like we hit the fast forward button to skip through these scenes till the next intense conflict point, which has some impact on the flow of the story. I would have love to have more. I was craving more. To me, the bones of this story is there, now I am waiting for the meat. For the in between that makes a story an epic read.
If you like scary reads this is right up your alley.
“I used to think to make people afraid was a curse, an awful thing… But I’d love for them to fear me… I want them to look at me and weep.”
Gothic, intoxicating, feminist, darkly provoking and deeply romantic – this is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave in her much-anticipated YA debut.
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…