Well, I'm just now getting around to writing a review for this book. First off I won my copy of The Radleys through Firstreads.
Now, The Radleys is abo...moreWell, I'm just now getting around to writing a review for this book. First off I won my copy of The Radleys through Firstreads.
Now, The Radleys is about vampires (yes, that's right, another vampire book). It follows a family -- the Radleys, which you may have already guessed -- and their many problems. Well, really they don't have many problems, but they've got a quite a bit, like the fact that their vampires but are trying to keep it on the downlow. They are referred to as "abstainers" which means -- you guess it! -- they abstain from drinking blood. The parents, Helen and Peter, have even been trying to keep it from their kids (stupid idea in my opinion) but one day the daughter, Clara, finds out the hard way what she and her family really are and things just sort of go down from there.
I liked everything about the book, especially the writing, but a few of the characters really got on my nerves, and sometimes I felt like they made blindingly stupid decisions which, of course, led to bad things happening which could easily been avoided in the beginning. Like Helen for instance, she just completely got on my nerves, I could not stand her, and I hated the way she treated her husband, Peter. Another thing I didn't understand about the Radleys was the fact that they didn't drink vampire blood. I just wanted to jump into the book so badly and take one of them by the shoulders and shake them and scream at them, "You're vampires for God's sake! You have to drink blood! So stop trying to be bloody saints and drink some goddamn vampire blood!!" Because you see, in the book, vampires sell their own blood to other vampires to drink.
But I realize that some people believe the vampires in this book are supposed to represent addicts in our everyday lives, like alcohol addicts or drug addicts (me myself being a recovering chocolate. lol, not really, i love that shit and eat it everyday) but I just didn't see the vampires in that way. For me it just seemed like the writer, Mr. Haig, was simply using addictions as a way to characterize the vampires, but not necessarily in a way to parallel real, actual addictions. Does that make sense? Probably not. Oh well.
I know in the book the proper term for a vampire was "blood addict", and if it had turned out that that was all they were, mere blood addicts, then I could agree with everyone else. Because when I first started reading the book I thought the vampires were actually humans. Everyday, average humans who happened to drink blood on the side. But no, they are legitimate, supernatural vampires. They fly for God's sake (something that was never fully explained either) so for me they aren't "addicts", they are goddamned vampires, and it is in their goddamn nature to drink blood. So it bothered me that they tried so hard to eat regular food and whatnot when they could've been happily living off of vampire blood the whole time.
But besides those little, annoying quips, I really did like this book. I mean, as I said before, it was very well written, the story was interesting, and besides Will and Helen I really liked the characters. And in the end I really felt like everyone got their act together and Helen stopped making dumbass mistakes, which really made me happy and earned this book and nice 4-star rating.(less)
Well, I've finished another Firstreads book, which means I owe 'em a review.
The Devotion of Suspect X was very good. The title of the book fits it per...moreWell, I've finished another Firstreads book, which means I owe 'em a review.
The Devotion of Suspect X was very good. The title of the book fits it perfectly. The synopsis given here on Goodreads pretty tells all what it's about, but in case you don't know, here's the plot: Yasuko Hanaoka, a single mother, has killed her abusive ex-husband. Her neighbor, Ishigami, who is a genius and is completely devoted to the woman, helps her despose of the body and cover up what she did. When the police come snooping around he coaches her and her daughter on exactly what to say to them and whatnot so that she doesn't get caught.
I realize that's not a very good synopsis, I'm not very good at reviews in general ^^", but that is what the book's about.
The story is very logical and calculative (that the right word to use?). Ishigami is a math wiz, and that's how he thinks. He doesn't see things the way we do, he sees them like math problems. Real life problems he goes at like math problems, taking them apart step by step. And that's a bit like how the story's told.
The writing is kind of...distant? I'm trying to think of the best word. Point blank, yeah that's it. There's no dancing around the bush, it gets straight to the point. It isn't lyrical at all. At first I found it really disjointed, but soon I became used to it. I don't know if that's how the book was written originally, or if that's just how it came out in the translation.
I really liked all of the characters in this book, but because of the way it's written, I feel like the reader never really gets to feel what the characters feel. You're just told what the characters are going through, but you're not put in their shoes. That was fine with me though, I didn't even notice it as the book went on.
The one thing I wasn't too fond of is the ending. It was just an O.K ending. I feel like it could've been better.
But this book was very good and well thought out and I'm so happy I won it through the Firstreads giveaway. It's been a while since I've won a genuinly good book. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who likes mysteries, but I think fans of just logic in general will really appreciate it more.(less)