The Grateful Boys by Françoise DuMaurier
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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.
This was a hard story to get into at first though it starts out with a couple being killed be flying hairy beasts. It is located in the small town of Corpus, Georgia, where football is king and a young girl is being groomed for the queen of the undead.
Told by the new kids in town, siblings Mason and Hailey, where lives become entwined by the mysterious teenage boys in black. I found the relationship with Hailey and Percival had a Twilight vibe without the sparkles, but I was creeped out by Gregarious’s fascination with the young Sebastian.
There is a frightening build-up at the end which had me biting my nails and wondering how they would explain the mysterious deaths. This is a coming-of-age YA paranormal thriller that will keep you reading to the end.
Thank you to the author for giving me the opportunity to review this book without the expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
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