Helen and Peter Radley have a huge secret they really don’t want to tell their children, as they want them to live a normal life as possible - but things aren’t gong to plan.
Rowan can’t sleep at night and thinks it’s a bad case of insomnia, he then wants to sleep all day. He’s also allergic to the sun and has to apply factor 60 otherwise his skin gets covered in a sore itchy rash. He constantly gets bullied at school and is totally in love with a girl at school who’s friends with his sister and is totally out of his league. Basically, Rowan hates his life.
Clara doesn’t have the same problems as her brother, but she does have her own. Clara is sick all the time, literally, and her parents keep telling her that she really should eat meat and stop this nonsense of becoming a vegan, but they just don’t understand, although she doesn’t get why she’s so nauseous all the time, but her father, who’s a doctor, keeps telling her it’s probably just a virus. Animals also hate her, even though she’s really nice to them, so she’s become an advocate of several ‘against animal cruelty’ societies and covers her bedroom walls with their posters.
But one fateful night, Clara is feeling worse and worse and then does something that changes her life and those of her family forever. Because of this, Helen and Peter are pressured into telling Clara and Rowan their secret; they are abstaining vampires and haven’t tasted blood for seventeen years. In a fit of panic, Peter calls his brother for help, but for some reason calling Will fills Helen with dread, as she has even more secrets of her own, which she doesn’t want even Peter to know about.
Helen and Peter’s relationship is full of tension and the strain of trying to be normal all the time is taking it’s toll. Individually they reminisce about the days they drank human blood and how much they miss it. And when Will flies in to help, things just go from bad to worse.
It's a fun read actually. Each chapters are short and the longest will be about 4-5 pages. It's quite fast-paced and the vampires in this novel are not similar like in Stephenie Meyer book. They don't drink animal blood instead they drink vampire blood kept in a bottle. Rowan is so sweet for his love towards Eve. There are some dark/adults moments in it but whoever reads it is mature enough to differentiate which are good or bad for themselves. After all this is just a work of fiction.
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