Sunday, June 2, 2013

Bring on the Night by Jeri Smith-Ready

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Review by Lauren
copy sent for review, but all opinions are our own
Official Summary (you might want to skip the summary if you've never read any of these books and want most things to be secret!): Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin seems to finally have it all. A steady job at WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock 'n' Roll. A loving relationship with the idiosyncratic but eternally hot DJ Shane McAllister. A vampire dog who never needs shots or a pooper-scooper. And after nine years, it looks as if she might actually finish her bachelor's degree! But fate has other plans for Ciara. First she must fulfill her Faustian bargain with the Control, the paranormal paramilitary agency that does its best to keep vampires in line. Turns out the Control wants her for something other than her (nonexistent) ability to kick undead ass. Her anti-holy blood, perhaps? Ciara's suspicions are confirmed when she's assigned to a special-ops division known as the Immanence Corps, run by the Control's oldest vampire and filled with humans who claim to have special powers. To a confirmed skeptic like Ciara, it sounds like a freak fest. But when a mysterious fatal virus spreads through Sherwood--and corpses begin to rise from their graves--Ciara will not only get a crash course in zombie-killing, but will be forced to put her faith, and her life itself, in the hands of magic.
Review: Bring on the Night is the third in the WVMP series starring ex-con Ciara Griffin and the vampire DJ's she works with. The third is just as good as the first two, but the ante seems to be upped even further...allowing for more suspense and a greater look at the world these characters inhabit.
Since I've reviewed the first two novels already, I figured I'd turn this into a Question and Answer review. I asked for your thoughts during the first one, and don't worry, I did listen! That review was a guest one so it will always be a little different to how I review.
Bring on the Night- Question and Answer with Lauren
1. Did you like this book as much as the other two?
Yes, I think this book was just as enjoyable as the first two and probably even more so in certain ways. You already have the basics about vampires down and you're invested in the characters, so now Smith-Ready can yank the carpet out from under your feet with twists and surprises!
2. Anything you did not like about this novel?
Honestly, I don't really have any big complaints. I will say that one of the big mysteries in the book wasn't that difficult to figure out...but it doesn't take away from the overall enjoyment of the book.
3. Do you have a favorite character in this novel?
I'm always a fan of Ciara. She's a relatable girl in some ways. Granted, I don't have as much trust issues as she does...but it is easy to understand how she feels about herself and those around her at times. She's creative, loves music, cares about her friends a great deal; these are all things I can relate too.
4. What is something different about this novel compared to the first two?
We finally learn more about the Control, this government agency that works to control vampires. However, their name isn't the Control of we finally learn about other paranormal entities out there that the Control have to take care of: aka zombies. These are slightly unique zombies, however, and I enjoyed how Ciara had to psychologically prepare herself to fight these beings.
5. What would you grade this novel?
I think I'd give this one a B+ if I had to grade it. I highly enjoyed it and it was a fast read. The big mystery isn't hard to figure out, but it didn't ruin my love of the book. We got to learn more about the characters in the series and it makes you excited to finish the series! (One novella and another novel to go)!!!


Jasprit said...

I'm glad that this book was another exciting installment for you in this series. I also like it when you are able to guess certain things in a book, but you still end up enjoying it. Lovely review! :)

Erika said...

This sounds like such an entertaining series! :)

....Petty Witter said...

Glad to hear this was every bit as good if not better than the previous books in the series. Loving your question and answer review, thanks.

Brandi Kosiner said...

I haven't started this series, but glad that it was as good as the others

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

I love this series. so I'm happy to see that you enjoyed it so much! Ciara is one fabulous MC!

Liviania said...

I really need to finish this series. I own all of them.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

This does sound like something I would enjoy. I've had these books on my wishlist for a while and I do need to try to get them and read 'em! :)

Aylee said...

Oh I love this question-and-answer review method! It really outlines things nicely. So nice you enjoyed this one so much! I agree with you - sometimes books are enjoyable enough that you can just overlook one small quibble like a bit of predictability.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

Urban Fantasy is always my first genre of choice and to be honest, I've been meaning to read this series for a while now. I'm glad you're still liking it. Perhaps Mel here and I will do a readalong. :)
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Candace said...

I've been wanting to read this series for ages!
I find that I like 2nd, 3rd etc books more than the first because I'm familiar with the world and most characters. I also like once I'm attached to it all because it's like visiting old friends. I'm glad you enjoyed it!