The Radleys - Matt Haig
Genre: Supernatural Fantasy
Release Date: 1st July 2010
Started Reading: 07/01/2018
Finished Reading: 12/01/2018
'Noise is life. Silence is death.'
Dark, weird, and with a slight sense of humour, The Radleys is a different take on vampire novels.
The Radleys are a family of vampires trying to live their lives as humans. The only thing is the two children, Rowan and Clara, don't know that they are vampires until an incident happens, turning all of their lives upside down and giving them no way back to their normal lives.
I found it funny that Haig decided that Byron was a vampire, and I loved the constant Byron references throughout the novel. My inner Byron nerd is slightly less embarrassed to openly love him.
The Radleys made me laugh because Rowan seems to be the only person bothered by finding out that he's a vampire after leading a normal life. He's the only sane character out of all of them and is a nice touch of reality to the novel.
Although I didn't enjoy it as much as The Humans or How to Stop Time, it's still an interesting read. It reminded me a lot of the Morganville Vampires series, which is one of my favourites, especially with a character called Eve and some of the vampires being more important than the rest.
'Vampire? Such a provocative word, wrapped in too many clichés and girly novels.'
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