From the multi-award winning author of The Deepest Breath (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021), a Junior Library Guild Selection, comes a YA verse novel about LGBTQ+ desire, identity — and vampires.
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 smells like paint and peppermint tea. She wears her hair in a plait, and has a green thumb, and Immy is utterly besotted. Claudia has never been in love like this either. But then, this is her first time with a vampire. But a love like this can't last. 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.
For fans of Elizabeth Acevdeo and Dean Atta.
"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, author of Queen of Coin and Whispers
“Grehan’s verse novel skilfully charts uncertainty, temptation and the course of a strange, desperate love.” – The Guardian
“Grehan evocatively conjures Immy’s tragic sense of isolation and hard-won self-acceptance.” – The Financial Times
“Delicious and unsettling.”– The Irish Times
“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.” – The Echo
“Expressive, strong, and compelling.” – Armadillo Magazine
“Absolutely beautiful.” – Down the Rabbit Hole
“Grehan keeps the vampiric vibes flowing with this unique, darkly beautiful and emotional read.” – CultureFly
“It’s personal. Powerful. Passionate.” – Paper Lanterns