Friday, January 4, 2013

Second Take Review: Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready


Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready

Review by Lauren

copy sent for review, but all opinions are my own

Official Summary: 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....



Review: I feel like the summary above gives you more than enough information about Wicked Game, so I won't make this review long. I've actually read and reviewed Wicked Game already but I was offered the chance to check out the entire, finished series, so I decided to read Wicked Game again. I loved it just as much as I did the first time around.

I loved the spark that Ciara had and how she changed even in the first book, growing to learn more about life and love...and that not all attachments are bad. The musical references are also a positive point in this book, since I love listening to music.

If you like vampire books but want something more unique, I'd give this series a try! I felt that the vampire lore was really well done and I loved the idea that the vampires became stuck in the time period they died in, hence the music they become so obsessed with. It gives them a direct link to the time they lived in.

I'm excited to continue this series. I love Jeri Smith-Ready as an author but I must admit that I never got further than about halfway through the second book in this series. Sometimes life just gets in the way. I plan to take the review copies I was so lucky to recieve though and finally finish this series, and I'm sure it will continue to be great!

9 comments:

Erika said...

This sounds like such an awesome series - really unique in its premise. I have to check out the first book!! :)

GABY said...

Sounds like an interesting series because I'm tired of the same vampires always. It seems unique :P

Vegan YA Nerds said...

I've heard good things about Jeri's books but I've never read any. I don't mind reading vamp books as long as they offer something more, so I will keep my eyes out for this!

Medeia Sharif said...

I'd like to read this. I might have one or two Smith-Ready books on my iPad already, but not this series. I've been meaning to read her.

Pooja. S said...

I like the sound of a unique vampire story. Glad you liked it as much the second time round ^_^ :)

Giselle said...

Oh this sounds really good I've heard great things about this author and I do love me some vampire books! ;)

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

Ohh, I can never resist a good urban fantasy! I'll defintiely be reading this one, it wasn't on my radar before, but it is now. It sounds exciting, especially the different take on vampires.

Candace said...

I really love Jeri so I need to read this series!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Good to see you enjoyed this one. I do have this author on my list to get and try. :) And this reminded me I do need to do that. :) Thank you!


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