I like to start my reviews by stating that I very rarely give five stars to a book. If I do, the book has totally blown me away, either emotionally orI like to start my reviews by stating that I very rarely give five stars to a book. If I do, the book has totally blown me away, either emotionally or intellectually.This book gets a very well deserved 4,5 stars from me. I've followed Diamant's writing career from book one and in my opinion, We All Fell Better In The Dark is their best book so far. I won't re-tell the story here - after all you are supposed to read the book yourself - but let me tell you that in this book you'll meet vampires and vampire hunters, DJs, clubbers, cross-dressers and a few average gay guys. The story is told from the POV of four of the main characters and is woven together skillfully. We follow those four guys and some of their friends during a very turbulent week of their lives. There is drama, death and destruction but also some humor. What I like most about this book and indeed about the previous two set in the Night Boys world, is the fact that the characters are all real people. They are not those near-perfect hunks (immortal or otherwise) you often get in dark romantic fantasy these days and who, quite frankly, bore me to death. No, Francis and Christy (aka Night Boys, a DJ duo with a sideline in vampire hunting) and Malachy and Kitto (two friends, who happen to be vampires) are all more or less regular guys. They all have their flaws, they can be infuriating and endearing. They make mistakes and have to live with the consequences. Even their romances are not perfect.They have doubts and insecurities, they have rows and break up and all the rest of it. The story for the most part is set in London. There is a definitive British feel to it which is evoked by a hundred little details, like the mention of British food and the use of slang terms. The authors were even thoughtful enough to add a glossary at the end for those you find themselves puzzled by those British idioms. If you pick up this book, you're in for a roller-coaster ride, a fast-paced journey full of twists and turns. There's never a dull or boring moment. You'll find yourself on the edge of your seat, holding on tightly,breathlessly turning page after page, wanting to find out what happens next. You'll feel for the characters. Sometimes you may want to slap them or yell at them but they won't leave you cold or indifferent. The end itself is one mean cliffhanger, so let's hope that Diamant will give us the second book in the King's Cross Trilogy soon. What I also like about this book is the fact that a lot of controversial issues are addressed, but not in a preachy kind of way. Things are presented as real-life issues and it is up to the reader to draw his one conclusions. Things that are discussed include HIV/AIDS, homophobia, violence and discrimination. There are lot's o fun bits and pieces as well, like music references and references to 80s culture and fashion. Some readers, who happen to be fans of the British band Pet Shop Boys, will get an additional kick out of spotting all the little references to Pet Shop Boys songs. It adds another layer but it's not something that will diminish your enjoyment of the book if you've never heard of PSB before.
I really do recommend this book, especially for reader who are looking for something a little different. Things are not simply black and white in this world, there are lots of shades of grey (and I don't mean this in reference to the books in that series)....more
This book, much like its predecessor In the Night, is an odd one. I mean this in the best possible way. I love odd things. Not only were the vampiresThis book, much like its predecessor In the Night, is an odd one. I mean this in the best possible way. I love odd things. Not only were the vampires in this book of the non-sparkling kind, but the hunters are two ordinary men which doubts and scruples. Francis and Christy are no heroes in the dashing, 'hey, let's save the world' kind of way. They are struggling to do there best trying to protect who they love against monsters. In this word things aren't simply black and white, like in real life things are complicated. Even monsters have their stories and their motivations and sometimes we even come close to sympathise with them or at least feel pity for them. What starts out as a new assignment, soon turns into an emotional roller-coaster as we delve into the past of our main characters.
For me, what adds to the story is the fact that a lot of the characters are gay - although Christy would huff at this label and say he simply was sexual. It gives us the POV of outsiders, of guys who are not your average scene queens who are only interested in getting high and getting laid. They are people with a past, with regrets. People who love and fight and make mistakes. Aids also plays a part in this story, in a most non-sensational and touching way.
If you, like me, are tired of the average dark fantasy romance plots, give The Night Boys books a try. You won't regret it. I gave this four stars and not five simply because I believe that there is still room for improvement and that the authors will surely dazzle us with an even more amazing story in the third instalment of the series. ...more