'When seventeen-year-old Hailey’s multi-racial, single parent family migrate to the tiny rural town of Corpus, Georgia (population 700), she would rather have moved anywhere but there.That is, until she spots him. Mysterious definitely, perhaps even supernatural. Where Hailey is awe-struck by the young man of her dreams, her little brother, Mason, sees a soulless creature of the night, a half-man who may be responsible for a series of grisly murders across the southern gothic town. Antwan Zeddman, the town’s first African-American Sheriff, must enforce a curfew in Corpus to ensure the safety of the townsfolk. He must contend with sightings of hellish winged beasts and investigate the slaying of an innocent young couple traveling through town. There is a growing sense of racial unrest. Hailey will find herself caught between her family, the residents of Corpus, and the vampire she’s falling in love with. The Grateful Boys is an otherworldly Young Adult novel which explores the challenges of growing up mixed raced in the southern states of America, and the troubles of a young woman coming of age in a town full of danger and temptation.'
Through the multi-narrative writing technique, Françoise DuMaurier has created a unique and interesting take on the ‘Vampire’ genre with this own voices novel. Around this time of year, I love nothing more than spending the dark, chilly evenings with an atmospheric read, after having read Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, i was excited to pick up another new paranormal novel. What is particularly effective is the narrative. Not only does the novel depict race issues and racism but it also deals with gender through the characters of Hailey and Madison and their friendship dynamic. I found it very well written and to be able to weave these topics into a paranormal novel in such a way, where perhaps they aren’t the most obvious of pairings, just shows the writing skill of the author.
It is a unique take on the Vampire Genre, if you are a fan of ya paranormal romance and coming of age stories then definitely pick up The Grateful Boys. The novel starts with an enticing opening and carries on fantastically from there, with a varied cast of characters to really sink your teeth into, The Grateful Boys will be your new favourite vampire novel.
Overall, I highly recommend The Grateful Boys, to pick up when the nights draw in close and the weather takes a turn for the worse, this atmospheric read is full of fun and it definitely isn't like twilight, if that is your only experience with this genre. In particular what was interesting was the background we were given for the vampire characters Percy and Gregory, we got to know more about the history and folklore around them and I found that interesting and it created a deeper meaning to the novel and a more interesting aspect to their characters.
Françoise DuMaurier is a Special Education Case Worker who works out of a small town in rural Georgia which inspired the Southern Gothic setting of The Grateful Boys. To get to work, DuMaurier passes through miles and miles of farms, as far as the eye can see. Before entering education, DuMaurier attended the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design where he studied visual art and creative writing. Having worked with an array of students along with his own experiences, DuMaurier is uniquely suited to provide a wry voice that encapsulates #ownvoices fiction.