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A unique verse novel of queer love, lust, and vampires. From the award-winning author of The Deepest Breath and The Space Between. 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 bef A unique verse novel of queer love, lust, and vampires. From the award-winning author of The Deepest Breath and The Space Between. 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 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


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A unique verse novel of queer love, lust, and vampires. From the award-winning author of The Deepest Breath and The Space Between. 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 bef A unique verse novel of queer love, lust, and vampires. From the award-winning author of The Deepest Breath and The Space Between. 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 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

30 review for Baby Teeth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Althea

    I picked this book up on a whim at my local Waterstones because 1. I thought the cover looked gay and 2. it's a novel written in verse which is one of my favourite things to read - but I was completely blown away by this book. I was, in fact, right about being gay - it's a gorgeous sapphic story with, what I read as, genderfluid main characters - but I was not expecting it to be about vampires and I was so pleasantly surprised! Additionally, this book features a super interesting and unique take I picked this book up on a whim at my local Waterstones because 1. I thought the cover looked gay and 2. it's a novel written in verse which is one of my favourite things to read - but I was completely blown away by this book. I was, in fact, right about being gay - it's a gorgeous sapphic story with, what I read as, genderfluid main characters - but I was not expecting it to be about vampires and I was so pleasantly surprised! Additionally, this book features a super interesting and unique take on vampires - instead of them living one long, immortal life, a vampire lives many different lives as different people and keeps their past voices and feelings deep inside them. Immy as a main character was so wonderful to read about as she is struggling with her identity as a vampire as well as her moral compass, and I saw so much of myself in her story. Claudia was such a sweet and kind soul and I dare you not to fall at least a little bit in love with her while you read this, too. I also adored the side characters who form Immy's queer vampire found family (and I am very hopeful that the story mentioned in the interview at the end of the book is released at some point, because I'd love to read more about them!). Of course, I have to mention Grehan's writing - the choice of verse in telling this story was absolutely perfect and the rhythm and cadence of it worked so well with Immy's inner monologue. I cannot wait to go back through the book and annotate it, but I fear I'll be highlighting almost the whole book! It's safe to say that I cannot recommend this book enough and I can't wait to pick up Grehan's other works! Want more sapphic books? You can find me here: Book Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    came for the vampires, stayed for the lyrical prose, unique take on vampires and the beautiful exploration of identity, love, loneliness, desire and sense of self.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lauralai

    I really really enjoyed that! I’m gonna need a book about Freddie and Henry asap please and thanks 4.5/5 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    LONELY TOURIST

    Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC! I didn't know what to expect from this book, really, but I'm definitely someone won over easily by a pretty cover and, well, lesbians and vampirism. All three together? Yeah, count me in. This is a book in verse, told from the perspective of Immy, who's a vampire, coming to terms with her feelings for Claudia, who's a florist (or works in a flower shop, at least? I'm not sure on the terms here, really, but that's beside the point) and who offers her a yellow rose Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC! I didn't know what to expect from this book, really, but I'm definitely someone won over easily by a pretty cover and, well, lesbians and vampirism. All three together? Yeah, count me in. This is a book in verse, told from the perspective of Immy, who's a vampire, coming to terms with her feelings for Claudia, who's a florist (or works in a flower shop, at least? I'm not sure on the terms here, really, but that's beside the point) and who offers her a yellow rose, saying it suits her, and --- the introspective aspect of it is just so infinitely relatable, I think. It says a lot about how we have to kind of give ourselves permission to be happy, or to enjoy parts of our lives and ourselves, and it's a pretty short book, but you really find yourself invested in the characters and their lives together and how they intersect, and the kind of patchwork little family they make.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lucrezia Gaion

    2.5* I read this for Teen Titles. It's a good book, just not my personal favourite genre. 2.5* I read this for Teen Titles. It's a good book, just not my personal favourite genre.

  6. 4 out of 5

    :)

    So, I picked this up on a whim and it's become an unexpected favourite of mine. I love the author's writing style and the poetry's form. I liked how the whole collection of poetry told one collective story and the romance was really genuine. The author never had to spell anything out and yet everything was very clear. They also did a great job exploring what it means to be human through the vampire MC. Overall this was super good. I'd recommend it to fans of modern poetry who are maybe a little So, I picked this up on a whim and it's become an unexpected favourite of mine. I love the author's writing style and the poetry's form. I liked how the whole collection of poetry told one collective story and the romance was really genuine. The author never had to spell anything out and yet everything was very clear. They also did a great job exploring what it means to be human through the vampire MC. Overall this was super good. I'd recommend it to fans of modern poetry who are maybe a little worn out of the typical poetry style popularized in the last few years by Rupi Kaur. This book is just as understandable and uses modern language, but has a really unique story and style. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Meg Grehan ur so wonderful

  8. 5 out of 5

    Megan Smith

    i picked up the book at waterstones because of the absolutely gorgeous cover, then i had a look inside and found it was written in verse which is something i personally had never read before. so i decided to try something knew and it payed off! i’m my is a great main character and i share a few of her feelings as well as relating to her struggle with identity and belonging. i genuinely fell in love with claudia and every kind word, hobby, interest, and moment reminded me of the first girl i fell i picked up the book at waterstones because of the absolutely gorgeous cover, then i had a look inside and found it was written in verse which is something i personally had never read before. so i decided to try something knew and it payed off! i’m my is a great main character and i share a few of her feelings as well as relating to her struggle with identity and belonging. i genuinely fell in love with claudia and every kind word, hobby, interest, and moment reminded me of the first girl i fell for. the take on vampires is amazing- the multiple lives that echo inside of them instead of one long, immortal life is unique and quite poetic. i love the yellow rose for their relationship instead of the typical red rose, i loved the touches of the dyed bag and claudia’s love of art, i loved the touching moments and lines that really reach into you like a voice of your own- like immy’s. first book i’ve read in a while and i’m so glad it was, i’ll never find something like it i don’t believe and i love that.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Judy

    A sublimely unique take on the vampire myth and an incredible addition to the growing number of most excellent LGBTQ canon of books, this verse-novel flows seamlessly from page to page, wrapping you in an overwhelming need to not put it down; to continue on amidst the pure, raw emotion of the story. Immys’ character is indeed conflicted, torn between a desire to be “good” and a need; an insatiable craving for blood. Common sense and reason has no place here. There are only feelings, passion, dri A sublimely unique take on the vampire myth and an incredible addition to the growing number of most excellent LGBTQ canon of books, this verse-novel flows seamlessly from page to page, wrapping you in an overwhelming need to not put it down; to continue on amidst the pure, raw emotion of the story. Immys’ character is indeed conflicted, torn between a desire to be “good” and a need; an insatiable craving for blood. Common sense and reason has no place here. There are only feelings, passion, drive and need. You will feel every…single…word; deliberately, artfully and with full impact. It is not a comfortable read. But it is a consuming one.; one that will leave the reader questioning (as it promises) what it really means to be human. And….it is not for younger readers. Powerful, staggering, breathtaking, emotional… just wow!

  10. 5 out of 5

    PineappleRobin

    This was a cute and heartbreaking story about a vampire girl who falls in love with a human girl. I really liked it. I liked the characters and the romance was so sweet. I don't think this 'verse' style is my thing though. It's the first verse book I've read. But I still did enjoy it. Even though the ending made me emotional. This was a cute and heartbreaking story about a vampire girl who falls in love with a human girl. I really liked it. I liked the characters and the romance was so sweet. I don't think this 'verse' style is my thing though. It's the first verse book I've read. But I still did enjoy it. Even though the ending made me emotional.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Lloyd

    This was a fun and quick little read perfect for my theme of 'spooky season'. I've read a lot of verse in my time but this was my first verse novel and I really enjoyed the experience. I loved the way such complex themes of identity were explored in such a natural flow. Also a really interesting take on vampires which I think adds so much depth to the genre This was a fun and quick little read perfect for my theme of 'spooky season'. I've read a lot of verse in my time but this was my first verse novel and I really enjoyed the experience. I loved the way such complex themes of identity were explored in such a natural flow. Also a really interesting take on vampires which I think adds so much depth to the genre

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Lydia

    Beautiful, turbulent and delightfully dark and intricate.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Izzy

    The more I think about this book, the queerer it gets and therefore the more I like it lol.

  14. 5 out of 5

    anna☾

    i know ive already said this but it has to be repeated, sapphic irish books>>

  15. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

  16. 5 out of 5

    Helen Corcoran

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Rials

  18. 5 out of 5

    abi

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christian

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mia Perry

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gina Younge

  22. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura Boland

  24. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eilis O sullivan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lira

  29. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Moon

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