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!