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"Yu has crafted a dark, bloody debut with rich Gothic atmosphere and a naive yet determined protagonist [...] There are deep psychological threads at work in this story, [...] with a lot for readers to sink their teeth into."
--School Library Journal
--Booklist "[...] filled with atmospheric creepiness and gore."
"An intriguing combination of horror and coming of age [...] that will have readers haunted for weeks after it's finished."
--BCCB "Yu carefully balances gory horror and vampire mysticism with the protagonist's desire for independence [...] [A] riveting paranormal romance [...] that thoughtfully contemplates fitting in amid societal pressures."
--Publishers Weekly "Drenched in blood-slick gothic dread and chewing under your skin to unsettle you down to the bones, Direwood is as sharp and hungry as the vampires inside it. Go on, open the door. See what happens."
--Andrew Joseph White, author of Hell Followed with Us "A blood-damp, butterfly-riddled fever dream, Direwood is both swoon- and shudder-worthy. What starts as a patter of fear turns into a torrential onslaught of dread as this surreal story beckons you down into its depths where something terrifying lurks in wait."
--Elizabeth Kilcoyne, author of Wake the Bones "Direwood is a lush, eerie debut, a gothic tangle of familial and societal expectations that is challenged--and then unraveled--by a supernatural presence. Yu makes the macabre beautiful and captivating, just like the creatures at the heart of the dire woods."
--Alison Ames, author of To Break a Covenant "Direwood is a sumptuous fever dream of a novel in the best way. Yu's ethereal prose shines in this gothic dissection of sisterhood, sacrifice, and monstrosity."
--Tori Bovalino, author of Not Good for Maidens