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Vampyres of Hollywood by Adrienne Barbeau


Cover art: Vampyres of Hollywood Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: Vampyres of Hollywood
Author: Adrienne Barbeau and Michael Scott
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-56577-0
Release Date: September 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal
Year/Setting: Present day, Hollywood CA
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Intense
Adrienne's Website/Blog: www.abarbeau.com

Ovsanna Moore is one of Hollywood’s elite A-list actresses. Having been dubbed the "scream queen", she has made her mark in the sci-fi and horror genre of movies. Unlike most of the actresses in Hollywood, Ovsanna doesn’t need any of the latest anti-aging gimmicks. Ovsanna looks the same as she did when she first stepped in Hollywood because she is a 500-year-old vampyre. Her ability to remain one of the original actresses in Hollywood is due to her "mother" and "grandmother" before her (both of which were actually Ovsanna herself).

Besides being the reigning "scream queen", Ovsanna also heads one of the most successful studios in Hollywood. Anticipation Studios caters to the horror genre and produces most of her films. Recently big-name actors have been turning up dead. These specific actors just happen to be vampyres that Ovsanna has turned over the years. It seems that someone is trying to take Ovsanna down, one bite at a time.

Peter King has been called in to investigate the murders of the Hollywood actors. He is a Beverly Hills police detective, who has a great track record with the force. He knows almost all there is to know about Hollywood. The real identities of some of Hollywood’s elite, however, have escaped his notice. Upon meeting Ovsanna, Peter is hard pressed to keep his focus on the task at hand. Peter will have his hands full finding the serial killer and unraveling the mystery that is Ovsanna Moore.

I am very picky when it comes to vampire stories and was intrigued by Ms. Barbeau’s tale. I was certainly not disappointed and couldn’t put it down. This book will make you sit back and wonder about some of the actresses in Hollywood and how they look so flawless (wink, wink). The suspense and mystery surrounding Ovsanna and Peter was electric. The attraction between the two was explosive and burned up the pages.

Adrienne Barbeau and Michael Scott give readers another avenue of the vampire genre to explore with this tale. Too often we see the vampires in the shadows and not directly in the public eye. Vampyres of Hollywood is a wonderful new twist on the old stories and puts the vampyres in the limelight.


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