Sunday 28 August 2011

The Radleys by Matt Haig

Life with the Radleys: Radio 4, dinner parties with the Bishopthorpe neighbours and self-denial.

Teenagers Rowan and Clara have no idea they are vampires until the night of a party when Clara is attacked and her instincts kick in. Their parents made the decision to abstain from drinking blood in order to bring up their children as 'normal' human beings in a quiet village but their carefully planned life is about to crumble when the truth comes out.

I've only read the Twilight series and Ann Rice's Interview With The Vampire on the subject so it isn't my usual read but I really enjoyed it. Although there is obviously blood in it, it isn't too gory for a wuss like me and I connected with the characters of Helen, Peter, Rowan and Clara and wanted it all to work out for them.

I found the book to be a good, light read (in that it wasn't bogged down with too many unnecessary details and descriptions). There was subtle and tongue in cheek humour as well as laugh out loud moments, my favourite of which was describing sex as 'a hug in motion'.

The short sections of the book were a blessing for me. As a mum, it helps to be able to pick up a book and read it in small chunks before I have to dash off to stop the girls from battering each other or to turn the potatoes down before they boil dry so The Radleys was ideal.

I was quite disappointed when it came to an end this afternoon, which is always a good sign.

Verdict: Didn't think it would my cup of tea but I was wrong. Great read

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