Monday, October 19, 2009

Night Runner Review

Product Description

For Zack Thomson, living in the Nicholls Ward isn't so bad. After his parents died, he developed strange and severe allergies, and the mental institution was the only place where he could be properly looked after. As strange as it was, it was home. He could watch as much television as he wanted; his best friend Charlie visited him often enough; and Nurse Ophelia--the prettiest no-nonsense nurse ever--sometimes took him bowling. Of course, that didn't mean he had it easy. His allergies restricted his diet to strawberry smoothies, and being the only kid at the hospital could get lonely. But it never once crossed Zack's mind to leave...until the night someone crashed through the front doors and told him to run. Now he's on a race for answers--about his past, his parents, and his strange sickness--even as every step takes him closer to the darkest of truths.

My Thoughts: This was an enjoyable quick read for me (not enjoyable as in there was no kind of gore). It was refreshing to have a unique vampire story. I’m not tired of vampires being main characters in books yet but I always appreciate it when a book isn’t almost a direct copy of the Twilight Saga (unless it’s very entertaining & addictive). This book contained the elements that a vampire story needs without having a lot of common clich├ęs. There are the beginnings of a romance but it’s nothing like Bella & Edwards Love (/prey) at first sight kind of situation which may or may not be a good thing depending on what you like or whether you’re tired of reading those kinds of stories. A flaw (from my standpoint) that annoyed me was that it was so fast-paced. I don’t mean that some of it shouldn’t have been fast-paced but since the whole story went by so fast, there wasn’t a lot of time to develop the characters as well as their emotions. I would give an example but I’m bad at determining what is and what isn’t a spoiler. Other than some parts needing to be more developed it was a good read. I give this a B. It would have probably gotten an A if the story hadn’t felt like it had been rushed.

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