Friday, October 5, 2012

Book Review: Wicked Game (WVMP Radio #1) by: Jeri Smith-Ready

Release Date: March 31, 2009
from Pocket Books
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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..."

My Thoughts:

If it wasn’t official after reading the Shade Trilogy, it is definitely official now: Jeri Smith-Ready is one of my favorite authors. Wicked Game is a captivating read that will keep you glued to the pages. I forget how much I enjoy adult paranormal novels until I pick one up again. Once I finish I usually scold myself for not reading more of this genre. Wicked Game is everything you want in a paranormal novel; there are kickass women, sexy vampires, scheming bad guys, and did I mention the sexy vampires?

Ciara, pronounced keer-ah, is our leading lady and she is not your normal damsel in distress. Ciara has a pretty dark past and by dark I mean criminal. Ciara was/is a con-artist. She has survived most of her life by tricking people out of their money. Her parents disappeared from her life during her teens and in order to make it through college she used her criminal know-how. However, when she gets a job at WMMP (or the soon to be WVMP) things begin to change for her. Here she can use her con-artist ways for a good purpose. She also begins to see through her many layers with the help from an aforementioned sexy vampire.

Move over Eric Northman, because Shane McAllister has taken your place in my heart. I don’t really know how to put Shane in words except for maybe swoon or sigh or OH-EMM-GEE-I-HEART-YOU. In all seriousness, Shane is a great character. He is sweet, sexy, protective, strong, intelligent, charming, but somehow innocent as well. Not innocent in that sense, but innocent when it comes to this time period. Sometimes he seems to get lost in this time period and his quirks to make up for that are quite endearing. I truly loved the scene where he alphabetized Ciara’s CD collection.  He is the kind of character that makes you wish vampires exist.

Wicked Game’s story line will keep you on edge and addicted. There is action, romance, mystery, and a little bit of girl drama thrown in there. I found myself turning page after page and simply trying to guess who is behind all the trouble and to see if Ciara would stop being stupid when it comes to Shane. Both aspects of the novel were equally addictive and one did not overshadow the other. I cared as much about the plot itself as I did about the relationship. I will admit that sometimes I am more invested in the relationship than what is actually going on in the book, but that did not happen here.

While the vampire thing has been done before, it has never been done quite like this. These lovable vampires (yes lovable, I have a soft spot for vampires) are DJs at a radio station, where each DJ focuses on the music from his/her time period. In order to boost ad sales for the radio station, Ciara employs a “gimmick” where the DJs are actually vampires. Basically she lies with the truth. (Side note: this totally made me think of the fourth Pirates movie.) Also, Jeri gives these vampires her own twist. They still cannot handle sunlight and stakes are the weapon of choice; however in her world vampires are not as immortal as most other vampires. When a vampire is turned they get stuck in that time period and keeping up with the changing time is impossible. As time starts to move along, the vampires begin to fade. So see, this immortality is not like other vampire tales. I found this take refreshing and a great break from the “vampire norm.”

All in all, Wicked Game is something I recommend you pick up yesterday. There is a reason vampire books have been around for so long, and that is because of books like this! Vampires are not going anywhere as long as authors keep finding ways to put their own spin on things, as Jeri did here. Wicked Game is the perfect read for paranormal fans.


  1. YES!!!! WVMP is my favorite adult UF, Shane is my favorite vampire, and S&C are my favorite couple!!! I <3 this series so freaking hard. I loved when Shane alphabetized Ciara's CDs, and when she kicked them over. My favorite scene is the meadow. Swoooooon!
    So happy you loved WG. I can't wait to read your review of Bad to the Bone!

    1. This book was just so easy to fall in love with. Shane quickly became one of my all time favorites! Oh the meadow...sigh

  2. I haven't heard of this one...but sexy vampires??? I'm in! I really like the sound of this one. It seems interesting so I am definitely checking it out! :D And did you say the vampires are Dj's or did I read that wrong?? LOL ;p I can't picture that for some reason! XD Brilliant review, Teresa! :D I'm glad you enjoyed this.

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    1. yes the vampires are DJs at a radio station and it is so cool. Just wait and see


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