Book Review: Tamed by Douglas R. Brown (4 1/2 stars)
Douglas R. Brown
Genre: Paranormal, Horror
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
Published: January 26th, 2012
Werewolves are real. And they make excellent pets.
Owning one of the legendary creatures is the latest fad. The WereHouse insists their werepets are loyal, docile, and 100% safe, but what happens when these gentle giants turn on their masters?
While on a routine EMS call, paramedic Christine Alt is attacked by a rogue werepet. She escapes with her life, but the encounter leaves her with more than just scars. As her body begins to change, she discovers the WereHouse is hiding a terrible secret, and they will stop at nothing to keep her from exposing them.
Tamed is a werewolf tale with a twist from the author of the The Light of Epertase trilogy.
TAMED is the first werewolf book to give me faith in the genre. The only books up to now I have read about werewolves and enjoyed, I have liked despite being about werewolves. TAMED has put the horror back into the werewolf. Being bitten by one of these creatures is a fate worse than death, as our heroine discovers.
What sold me on the book is that these powerful, supernatural creatures are reduced to pets. I can almost hear PETA whispering in the author’s ear as he writes this book. SEE, ANIMALS ARE PEOPLE TOO! I’m lead to the conclusion that the author is not a fan of people owning exotic, wild animals and treating them like a common housepet. After watching way too many episodes of FATAL ATTRACTION, I’m beginning to agree that wild animals can never truly be tamed.
As in most horror books, the characters tend to be disposable and stagnant. Although many of the characters are fleshed out by the end of the story, there isn’t much character development from the beginning of the story to the end. Because of how the story is told and the focus is more on what is happening that who is involved, this lack of development doesn’t inhibit the reader from enjoying the story. I think my favorite character ended up being Billy. His personality shines, despite what happens to him and Christine.
Even though it is obvious from both lore and the opening chapter that werewolves are people, the author still manages to make the revelation as shocking and revolting as if we never knew. TAMED is a book for those who are looking for the something other than a paranormal romance between Fido and Jane. If you like your stories raw, unstripped, and shocking, then check this one out at your local Book WereHouse.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher/Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.)