Baby Teeth - "Gloriously queer" (Kirkus starred review)

Baby Teeth - "Gloriously queer" (Kirkus starred review)

3.75 (487 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.75 (487 ratings by Goodreads)

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The blood

Feeds the hunger

That threatens everything

It starts when Claudia offers her a yellow rose.

Immy has been in love before - many times, across many lifetimes. But never as deeply, as intensely as this.

Claudia has never been in love this before either. But then, this is her first time with a vampire.

The forbidden thirst for blood runs deep in Immy. And within her mind clamour the voices, of all the others she has been, their desires, and their wrongs.

A unique verse novel by the award-winning author of The Deepest Breath and The Space Between.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm | 217g
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • English
  • 1912417901
  • 9781912417902
  • 25,700

Review quote

"By linking vampirism to themes of queer desire and community as well as repeating personal cycles, Grehan freshens an old trope, building both a central romance and lifetimes-long connections that are by turns realistically sweet and thorny." * Publishers Weekly, starred review * "Grehan's verse novel skilfully charts uncertainty, temptation and the course of a strange, desperate love." -- Imogen Russell Williams * The Guardian * "Emotionally rich and gloriously queer." * Kirkus, starred review * "A fresh, dark take on the vampire myth and desire, Baby Teeth shows vampires haunted by their pasts and memories, where immortality is not one long life but a broken patchwork of different experiences. It will twine around your heart and bite, ever so gently. I adored it." -- Helen Corcoran 'Grehan is not the first Irish writer to push the boundaries of vampire fiction ... Yet Grehan delves much deeper into the risky relationship between vampire and lover, as a means of exploring modern LGBTQ identity for her

young adult readership.' -- Pet O'Connell * The Echo * "Delicious and unsettling." -- Claire Hennessey * The Irish Times * "Grehan evocatively conjures Immy's tragic sense of isolation and hard-won self-acceptance." * Financial Times * "It's personal. Powerful. Passionate." -- Hanna-Rose Sullivan * Paper Lanterns * "An intense, immersive read from one of Ireland's most interesting and innovative young writers." -- Sarah Webb * Irish Independent * "Absolutely beautiful." * Down the Rabbit Hole * "Grehan keeps the vampiric vibes flowing with this unique, darkly beautiful and emotional read." * CultureFly * "This book is heady, it pulls you into it, capturing so beautifully love and longing, particularly between women. A moving story of what it is to be accepted for who you are completely." ***** reader review * Swear by the Books * "Very weirdly uniquely wonderful." * NetGalley * "I'll be delighted to recommend this book to a wide range of folks who are looking for something fresh and attractive." * NetGalley * "Soft and sweet, tender and dark, and helplessly sad. The desire-filled romance evokes a specific type of fresh, earthy, heartfelt sapphic wonder which I absolutely adore." * NetGalley * "A really engaging read." * NetGalley * "I am such a sucker for a novel in verse and this was excellent." * NetGalley * "I recommend it to anyone who needs more sapphic vampires in their lives." * NetGalley * "I highly recommend this book, especially if you love paranormal stories or just want to try out a lyrical novel in verse story. BUT SERIOUSLY A NOVEL IN VERSE FEATURING A SAPPHIC VAMPIRE!! YOU ALL NEED IT." * NetGalley * "An absolutely lovely little book with beautiful writing. There needs to be more sapphic vampires because hello wow." * NetGalley * "Recommend for those looking for something new in their reading routine." * NetGalley * "...queer vampire stories are still relatively uncommon, and this will be welcomed." * Booklist * "Baby Teeth is an unexpected LGBTQ+ novel in verse; it takes elements of horror and mixes them with romance, resulting in a changeling of a book that reimagines vampire myths for the twenty-first century. * Foreword Reviews * "This enchanting work is an excellent addition to LGBTQIA+ and verse novel collections." * School Library Journal * 'Beautifully crafted.' * Kirkus, 'Best of 2022: Our Favourite Teen & YA Books' list *
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About Megan Grehan

Meg Grehan is an Irish writer of verse novels for young readers. Her debut, The Space Between, won the 2017 Eilis Dillon award for a first book. The Deepest Breath won the Honour Award for Fiction at the 2020 KPMG-Children's Books Ireland awards, was selected for the Read for Empathy reading list and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2020. Meg lives in Donegal in the north-west of Ireland with a very ginger girlfriend, an even more ginger dog and an undisclosed number of cats (none of whom is ginger).
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Rating details

487 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 25% (120)
4 38% (186)
3 26% (127)
2 9% (45)
1 2% (9)
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