Friday, October 14, 2011

Wicked Game (WVMP #1) by Jeri Smith-Ready

I love Jeri Smith-Ready's YA series: Shade, Shift and Shine.  Well, Shine comes out in the spring but I can already say that I will love it.  After meeting Jeri (and totally getting to go out to dinner with her) at BEA this spring, I was really excited to read her adult series about a vampire radio station.  It's a pretty genius idea really.  So when the girls over at Fictitious Delicious announced their WVMP Read Along- I jumped on it!  Today I'm reviewing the first book, Wicked Game.  Let's take a look at the Goodreads blurb:


Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin is trying to live the straight life, even if it means finding a (shudder!) real job. She takes an internship at a local radio station, whose late-night time-warp format features 1940s blues, '60s psychedelia, '80s goth, and more, all with an uncannily authentic flair. Ciara soon discovers just how the DJs maintain their cred: they're vampires, stuck forever in the eras in which they were turned.

Ciara's first instinct, as always, is to cut and run. But communications giant Skywave wants to buy WVMP and turn it into just another hit-playing clone. Without the station — and the link it provides to their original Life Times — the vampires would "fade," becoming little more than mindless ghosts of the past. Suddenly a routine corporate takeover is a matter of life and undeath.

To boost ratings and save the lives of her strange new friends, Ciara rebrands the station as "WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock 'n' Roll." In the ultimate con, she hides the DJs' vampire nature in plain sight, disguising the bloody truth as a marketing gimmick. WVMP becomes the hottest thing around — next to Ciara's complicated affair with grunge vamp Shane McAllister. But the "gimmick" enrages a posse of ancient and powerful vampires who aren't so eager to be brought into the light. Soon the stakes are higher — and the perils graver — than any con game Ciara's ever played..
I love this book!!! Shane is EPIC!  He's stuck in his Life Time of the early 1990's which is great!  Some great music came out during that time and I love that he still dresses like a grunge rock god.  Ciara is a pretty fun narrator.  She is always dropping little one liners and even though I can't get inside her head as I read, I still like her character.  The whole treatment of vampires in this world is interesting.  I like the premise of them not really being able to last forever because of their inability to adapt to the ever changing world around them.  It's also interesting that they are each stuck in their Life Time and that the opportunity to immerse themselves in that time is what keeps them from losing it.  I can't think of one thing about this book that I didn't like! This is an ADULT series with topics and scenes not meant for teen readers.

You can find out more about the WVMP Series and Jeri's other works by visiting her website and you can follow her on Twitter where she is, regularly, at least 3 people at any given time.  Be sure to check Jeri out, she's SO nice and fun!  Click here to add this book to your Goodreads! 

Wicked Game earns 5 Fairies for the hotness that is Shane and for time warped vampires!

1 comment:

Giselle said...

I've heard a lot about this author but I haven't read any of her books yet. This one sounds cool though and the vampire lore sounds really original. Great review!

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