Sunday 20 December 2009

Review: Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready

Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready
WVMP Radio, book 1

Genre: Urban fantasy
Pages: 361
Published: 2008

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 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 WMMP 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 becomes a matter of life and un-death. To boost ratings and save the lives of her strange new friends, Ciara re-brands 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 am feeling very uninspired to write a review right now, so I doubt I will have much to say but I will give it a go.

Ok so Ciara is pretty tough and can take care of herself, she con people and take their money to pay for tuition and she didn't exactly have a normal childhood. She is studying at college and she needs a job for it, an internship at this radio station could be something. Oh yes a radio station where the djs are vampires, I do like that idea and how that have stayed in their own time period and that they do not live forever. They just loose touch with reality. I also like  that they have OCD in order to keep focus on things. This is an interesting takes on vampires and I appreciate the freshness of it.

Then there is Shane, the grunge vampire who falls for her. Sad thing here is that I see no future what so ever for them. He will be stuck in his time and perhaps make it a bit longer thanks to her, but still. Though there is hope so perhaps she will get that HEA. Or perhaps she will date a nice normal human, there is one. But I like Shane, he has no excuses.

There is a bit of romance, there is a bit of danger since there are those big bad vampires out there that do not appreciate this gimmick.

It is an easy flowing book, it feels nice to read it. Strange really since I would place it at ok, but I still read it really fast. So it is good (even if just ok for me) but I know that others would enjoy this book, and yes I would like to read the next book too. It is one of those strange ok books that I still wanna read more off. And I love a book that I can just read easily without thinking, a book that reads itself. It keeps me focused, something always happens.

I also like that each chapter is the name of a song.

Yup that was my not so inspiring review, but nice book, that is all I say.

Blodeuedd's Cover Corner. Not liking it, mostly cos I can't see her eyes.
Reason for Reading: My own book
Final thoughts: Never anything wrong with some UF, and if book 2 would come my way I would happily read it.


  1. Well I'm glad that you enjoyed it for the most part and here's hoping that book 2 comes your way!!

  2. And still the review was quite nice. I hope you get your inspiration back real soon. Have a lovely week my dear.
    All my very best to you,

  3. Your uninspired reviews are pretty impressive, Linda :-)

    How fun with the song titles as chapter names.

  4. I liked this book, and the next one. I liked the world Ms. Smith-Ready created for her vamps, and Shane is one of my fictional boyfriends.

  5. Staci,
    It never lost my interest, always had something coming. I guess I will wish for it to magically appear lol

    Let's hope for that, and thanks for saying that.
    I wish you a wonderful Christmas week.

    Thanks, I did try even if no words wanted to come at all. I think I was mostly tired and annoyed cos the computer had eaten another review.

    Shane was pretty nice, and after that first bite, oh my, yes he got to me too ;)

  6. Good morning Blodeuedd, I really like those easy-to-read books at times and this one sounds like a nice addition to the UF shelf.

  7. You did well with the review! Sounds like I might like this one.

  8. I like your review even if you weren't inspired to write one. Sounds like a nice book to read even if it is in my least favorite genre UF!

  9. I'm not much of a vampire lover myself, but this sounds like a fun read for those who do enjoy the genre.

  10. Nice review nonetheless. I really like the radio station idea. Sounds fun.

  11. Leontine,
    Oh yes you gotta love them. When you are busy, when your mind is tired, the words just floated into my mind, lol. I need something nice and relaxing while on holiday :)

    Thanks Yvonne,
    Good to hear, even if my mind was on strike.

    Least fav! I on the other hand is starting to think this is my 3rd fav genre. I love it.

    I am pretty over them myself, but I did like this new mix.

    It was a great idea, and fitted well.

  12. Sometimes it is hard to write reviews and rave all the time. I like the story line for this one. I do like a vampire book.

  13. Vivienne
    That is so true. Then if you like your UF then you might just go for this one :)

  14. I so know how you feel about writing a review when uninspired. I give you a lot of credit for just doing it. I often push it aside and hope that the inspiration will come. It never does. LOL
    Thanks for your honesty. :)

  15. Sounds like fun! When you said you weren't inspired to write I expected a couple of lines so nice review even if you didn't feel like it. Creative idea on naming the chapters. Merry Christmas!

  16. It's great when an author does something a little different with vampires. Hope you get a chance to read the second book.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  17. Hey hon... hope all is well! I think you did a great review. You know we can only ask for your honesty. And what I liked was that you are going to give the second book a try as well. That shows me that you did like it that much to continue!!
    Great job hon! And you are right, I like the spin on the vampires being dj's... but I agree with you.. that makes for complications in the romance department... how are they to go farther if he is stuck in this period... Yikes! Hope you have a great day honey!

  18. Wisteria,
    I knew that it just never would come so had to push through it. But glad it was good :)

    I did thought about it, but could never just write a few lines so made a couple more ;)
    Merry Xmas

    I do like that, if it is not to weird, so this was great

  19. Hi Cecile,
    Oh I did, it was good, too bad that writing a review just did not come out that easily. But I did try :)
    Soon xmas, I hope you are ready for the holidays :D
    Enjoy some down time

  20. Hi B!

    This one has been on my wishlist for a while, I pick it up and look at it and put it back, which is odd because I freaking love vampires, lol. I'm going to get it, I don't know why I haven't yet. Even your uninspired review are great, lol! I still want the book and I'm thinking that the second book will be even better. Thanks for reminding me I need to go back for this book!

    Dottie :)

  21. Dottie :)
    Thanks, I do not know why I was so uninspired, but that happens too.
    Do try it cos it is a sure treat for vamp lovers and I did enjoy it

  22. Jeri is one of my "authors" in my trifecta. You know the go to people who's books never let you down. We all have em lol. Wicked Game I looove. And Shane in high school I would have devoured him! He would have been so my type so a part of me still swoons. But I swoon for Noah too. And Jeri writes OCD well I am gald she researched it. Good review. I know the feeling when a books ok but not good or bad enough to inspire a review. Never happened with me with Jeri Smith-Ready though. lol so I am like whaa? just okay? really?

  23. Cassie,
    Haha, oh yes Shane is sure great, dunno why cos I would not fall for a guy like that, but here he made me swoon too.

    I don't think it was the book that had me uninspired,, it was just life. But yes sadly just ok for me, I mean I read it really fast and liked it. So why was it not great for me then...I do not know. So weird



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