Title: The Monster's Muse
Author: Bradford Tatum
Age Group: Adult
Star Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Though the idea was intriguing--the birth of a vampire child that goes on to make horror movies, this book did nothing but sicken, disturb and repulse me--it just wasn't for me, though I really, really tried.
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Maddy Ulm, does that name sound familiar? No? Well this is her story--the birth of a little girl child turned vampire by a superstitious Bavarian mother. Found by a man known as The Trout and his faithful lackey, Mutter, Maddy goes on to pave the way for the Golden Age of Hollywood's movies. Haunted by the ghosts of her pasts and her undead existence, she tells her story to the reader, and doing so, finds peace, because at least someone knows the truth..
What I enjoyed:
-I really liked the premise as it was really intriguing, I love vampire books, especially when the life of a vampire is just beginning
-The writing style clearly showed skill and sophistication
-The historical premise of the novel as well
What could've been better:
-Unfortunately, I had to stop because about 90 pages in, it felt like the disturbing sexual nature of the novel kept escalating, to a point where I just could not bear to read anymore--I was really honestly very disturbed by what was happening in the book, and it made me very uncomfortable
I really tried, but this book was just on a level that I couldn't get to. Next on deck: Forget Me Not by Shawn Martin!