Monday, December 10, 2012

Book Review: Lust For Life (WVMP Radio #4) by: Jeri Smith-Ready

Release Date: November 27, 2012
from Pocket Books
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"EVERYONE’S OUT FOR BLOOD—HERS Ciara’s con-artist parents taught her three keys to survival: keep low, keep quiet, and most of all, keep moving. But managing WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll—not to mention becoming a vampire herself—has kept her in one place long enough to fall madly in love, adopt an undead dog . . .

. . . and make more enemies than she can shake a stake at.

A psychotic DJ, a wanna-be necromancer, and a posse of vengeful hippies would all love to see Ciara get her day in the sun—literally. To protect Ciara, her fiancé, Shane, has traded his flannel shirt and guitar for a flak jacket and crossbow. If she survives to walk down the aisle, will she recognize the man waiting at the altar?

In this final chapter of the award-winning WVMP RADIO series, Ciara must decide who to trust, whom to love—and whom to kill."

My Thoughts:

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of this series. I have been DYING to get my hands on some more Shane ever since I put down Let It Bleed. When my copy arrived I was literally doing a happy dance around my house until I crashed into my sister and fell flat on the floor. Did that stop my excitement? Absolutely not, I bounced back up and continued dancing. So yeah, really high hopes for this book. Good news! Lust For Life was everything I wanted in the conclusion and more. Simply put, I loved this book.

Ciara (pronounced keer-ah) is one of my absolute favorite heroines. She is so spunky, strong, and intelligent. I love that she is capable of taking care of herself, but she will also ask for help when she needs it. She isn’t that annoying heroine that has to prove she is strong by doing something incredibly stupid on her own. I feel like Ciara and I would have a lot of fun together.

Okay now it is time for me to fangirl all over Shane McAllister. Shane is seriously one of my all-time favorites. I think I fell in love with him the moment Ciara found him sitting on her floor organizing all of her CD’s. He is just a wonderfully crafted character and I really love his relationship with Ciara. He is not your typical vampire love interest, but he is all the better because of it. Also the little speeches he gives are just to die for! I melt each and every time. I love that he has a darker side to him, but at the same time is so full of love and compassion. I don’t think anyone other than Shane could have gotten through to Ciara.

I love the relationship between Ciara and Shane because they work together. The problems they face do not cause them to drift apart, they face them together and it makes them a stronger couple. The things these two have to go through in this one pretty much broke my heart in two.

Jeri really wrapped up this series perfectly. I loved loved loved the way it all ended. It was not the ending I was expecting… not at all…. but it is the best ending she could have given it. I am not going to lie, when I finally realized where the book was going, I was a bit hesitant. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be satisfied with it. However, as I kept reading I realized that this is the way it has to be and that it really completed the arc of the story. Days later, I am still thinking about this book! It is one of those endings that will stay with you!

The plot was not what I was expecting. I thought I had a pretty good idea of what was going to happen in this book, but I was wrong. New villains are mixed in with some old ones and it all combines to make a crazy good journey. Poor Shane and Ciara cannot seem to catch a break; someone is always looking to kill and/or torture them for some reason or another.

For so many reasons this series is one of my very favorite adult series, heck it’s just one of my favorite series in general. I love the original take on vampires and I love the strong and memorable characters. This will be a series that I relive again and again for a long time.


  1. I just started Lust for Life last night. Thanks for being spoiler-free!!! I'm dying to find out what happens. And yes, Shane organizing Ciara's cds was adorable. As was the moment she met him, when he pretended to be asleep on the couch. The night he bit her thigh!. The night he sang Drain You in the meadow will be an all-time favorite. So many awesome moments. Oh! what about the time David & Shane tricked Ciara into thinking they were getting it on!!!

    Love. I'm sad to see it end. I hope I'm as happy w/the ending as you. Great review!

    1. Ahhhh those are all amazing moments! Especially the meadow one! Love that scene! Cant wait to see your thoughts on the book!

  2. I enjoyed this author's YA books and think it's probably about time I started this series. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. Brilliant review! :)

  3. Nothing gets in the way of book excitement!!! ha ha It sounds like this was a great book!! I love when have a series and it's beyond perfect, and when you think it can't get any better, the author just ends up surprising you again!

    Loved your review, hopefully I can find the time to start this series!!! :)

    Magen Corrie

    1. I hope you find time to start them too! I know you will love them!

  4. Gosh, Teresa...your enthusiasm will be the death of me! For every book in this series, your reviews have me jumping up and down and once I get my hands on this series, hopefully I will love it as much as you do! And of course, I can't wait to meet Shane and the other characters, but mostly Shane. LOL ;p

    Fantastic review! I'm glad the ending turned out perfect. A perfect ending to a perfect series! LOVE IT! I can't wait to read this series!

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    1. I can't wait for you to read this series so we can discuss! More people need to read these books.


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