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The Radleys - Post Two

It really tells you something about a book when the enjoyment of reading it comes from locating the title of the chapters within the following body of text. At first, I thought it was a gimmick, but as I trawled through The Radleys by Matt Haig I discovered it was a necessity in order to retain some sort of "discovery" within the novel.

Because let's face it, The Radleys is nothing short of predictable. It's an episode of Eastenders, with bloodsuckers, complete with "You're not my mother." "Yes I am!" allusions.

Previously on the blog, Yasmine wrote a guest review of The Radleys. I have to say I agree with pretty much everything she said. The Vampire genre has morphed into something. It's changed and now seems stagnated. The vampire genre, currently, seems run into the ground. Tired. Old.

The initial premise of the Radleys offered something seemingly new: Let's not tell our kids they're Vampires. How does this affect their day to day teenage lives? But this rapidly gives way to an admission of truth that is not the denoument, but revealed much too early in the book to obtain any sense of excitement.

At that point, the story is no longer about the kids, but about a love affair their mum and "uncle" had sixteen years ago in Paris. If I wanted a book about forbidden love, believe me, I would have picked an altogether different vampire book. What is it with the onslaught of lying blurbs these days?

I stuggled to pick this book up to continue reading. In fact, I started and finished five other books while in the process of reading The Radleys. It didn't capture my imagination. I had no empathy for the characters (with the exception of Peter who, as it turns out, is little more than a bit part.) Most of all, the narrative is slow paced, predictable, and not what the book promised to begin with.

Yasmine's review will take you deeper into the world of The Radleys. Please give it a read!

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