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Posted March 7, 2011
"Blood Lust", by author Rikki Lee Travolta, is a very new twist on the vampire genre - not only placing vampirism in modern times (ala "Interview with the Vampire" and "Twilight"), but placing the vampire exploits in the Hollywood system. Although it features the same main character, "Blood Lust" is definitely a departure from "My Fractured Life" (Travolta's 2002 ode to Hollywood and drug addiction) because of the vampirism. (But one thing that didn't change is that the protagonist is definitely an anti-hero ala a modern day James Dean - very much ala "The Vampire Lestat"). To be honest, I didn't know if I liked the new vampire twist or not for about the first three chapters, but then the author hit his stride and really made it a memorable novel - well worth reading, and highly recommended. ALSO RECOMMENDED: "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest", "Cutting for Stone", "A Discovery of Witches", "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," and "11/22/63"
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Posted April 10, 2011
Better than expected
I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. Being a vampire book I expected it to be at least mildly entertaining. Boy was I surprised! Vampirism is only a backdrop for this story. At its heart it is about a former teen idol struggling to restart his acting career while battling with a bunch of serious addictions and the death of his best friend. I was surprised how much I liked the book. It really drew me in and kept me up nights reading until it was done.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Having not read Travolta's first novel My Fractured Life (although it is now on my "to read" list based on my enjoyment of Blood Lust), I can't say how well Blood Lust works as a sequel. But, as a stand alone novel it works exceptionally well. The main character is very reminiscent of Bret Easton Ellis and Jay McInerney's troubled characters of the 80s and 90s - except he's turned into a vampire (which I don't think Ellis or McInerney ever did). The story works well if you like brooding, troubled, dark characters. I also liked the dark humor that Travolta injects from time to time. It helped the flow of the book, which is a very fast read. A really great book and I'm looking forward to reading My Fractured Life as a follow up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.