Friday, October 12, 2012

Book Review: Bring On The Night (WVMP Radio #3) by: Jeri Smith-Ready

Release Date: July 27, 2010 from Pocket Books
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"WHAT’S BLOOD GOT TO DO WITH IT? 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."

My Thoughts:


Bring On The Night was another great installment in the WVMP Radio series. These books continue to be addictive in the best way possible. The characters continue to be wonderfully developed and the plot will not let you down. It is very different from the last two in the series and Jeri adds another paranormal twist into the mix here. So, please do yourself a favor and read this book.

One of my favorite aspects of Bring On The Night is that three years have passed since the last book. A lot has happened in those three years and I loved getting a look into these characters futures. Most series take place over a relatively short amount of time, so some aspects have to be assumed (like you have to assume the relationship is going to last.) However, you didn’t have to do that here, you were able to see that Ciara and Shane made it three years, so if the book ends with them together it isn’t a stretch of the imagination to think that they are in for the long haul. Hopefully that convoluted thought made sense.

I also truly enjoyed that Jeri expanded the paranormal aspect outside of simply vampires. Now we get zombies as well and personally I think zombies are awesome. They have become my newest obsession, so that was a pleasant surprise for me. I always love books that acknowledge the fact that if vampires exist, well then isn’t it possible that everything else does as well. I must say, that out of all the paranormal creatures she could have chosen, zombies is probably one of the best. They are not as overdone as witches, werewolves, and angels; so it gave the series a refreshing twist.

This book truly surprised me by being nothing what I expected it to be, and I loved that. I love pleasant surprises (bad ones are no fun.) Since I jumped right into Bring On The Night after Bad to the Bone, I did not read the blub for it. Therefore, going into the book I expected a lot of the book to deal with Ciara and her training at Control. I thought that the mystery would take place during her training and that it would deal with sabotaging other agents or something like that. So naturally I was surprised when all of Ciara’s training takes place within one chapter at the very beginning of the book. Instead of what I expected, I got something that was so much better. I got a mystery with lots of twists and turns and a book that nearly broke my heart but at the same time made me laugh.

Ciara has grown a lot since the last book. She has managed to stay in a long term relationship with Shane, despite her commitment issues. She has come a long way since her con-artitst days. She is still a super strong character and I truly appreciate her wit. However, this book lets us see Ciara break a little bit and that was something different. She is less sure of herself and gets lost for a little bit. It made Ciara seem more realistic to me, because everybody can break at some point.

Shane continues to be one of my favorite characters in the history of the world. Jeri did a fabulous job with him and she managed to pull together a bunch of great characteristics. However, he is not too perfect and that makes him believable. He makes mistakes and at one point I was a tad disappointed in him. However, those little speeches he makes are just made of swoon and those clearly make up for every time I start to get upset with him (which, let’s be honest, is not often.) Along with more yummy Shane, we see a lot more of the other vampires in this one. I enjoyed getting to know them all better and seeing what their life is like. In particular, I really began to appreciate Spencer’s character in this one. As one final character note, Dexter the lovable vampire dog is still great.

All in all, the WVMP Radio series continues to be highly addictive. Now I think I’ll begin counting down the days until I get my hands on Lust for Life



4 comments:

  1. SHANE!!! Love him more than words. And Ciara. And I can't believe how sad this was. I already have Lust for Life on preorder. Great review!

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    1. I plan on getting Lust for Life the day it comes out! I cannot wait!

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  2. I am drawn more and more toward this series because of your reviews! I love the plot, the concept, the characters and this entire world you have described in your 3 reviews! And I like pleasant surprises too so naturally I am overly excited! LOL ;p And it gets better and better.....THERE IS A VAMPIRE DOG!! HOW AWESOME IS THAT!!!?? I can't WAIT to get my hands on this series and see where it goes! :)

    Thanks for the awesomesauce review, Teresa! :D

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

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    1. You will seriously love this series! I wish they were more popular! HBO should have done these instead of Sookie lol

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