Vampyres of Hollywood by Adrienne Barbeau
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I stand by my earlier statement in a review of a vampire book where the author had changed the vampire rules so that they could walk in the sun: YOU RUIN VAMPIRES AND YOU RUIN THE TENSION. There is something deliciously dark (no pun, or maybe, yes, pun intended) about having to live in the night. Darn it! They are creatures of the night! When you change it, you ruin it. I'm sorry, that's just the way I feel. Moving on....
So, the rest of this story features a madcap murder mystery that barely holds together. It is told in alternating chapters by the police detective and the Chatelaine of Hollywood (head vampire and scream queen actress) as they both try to figure out who is killing actors, agents, directors. There is some language and mentions of bondage and S&M clubs and the sheer brutality and gore of the murder scenes pop this up to 11th grade at least if not a faculty read.
I think the authors traded in a fast moving plot for character development. I never felt an emotional connection to any of the main characters and therefore didn't care if they lived or died, making it hard to get through the end of the book. I did finish it, but at the end instead of being breathless at the huge fight, I was ho hum.
And the huge fight at the end? Doesn't make any sense. It's not even worth writing a spoiler to try and figure it out.
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