Friday, January 9, 2009

Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready

Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready
(Urban Fantasy)

I am a huge vampire story fan, so when I heard that Jeri Smith-Ready had a new Urban Fantasy vampire novel coming out I was totally psyched. For even though I had never read anything by Ready, she had come highly recommended. And let me just be the first to say, boy was that recommendation spot on!

WVMP is a failing radio station until Ciara Griffin comes on the scene. As a young con-artist trying to go straight, Ciara applies for a real job- as a marketing intern at the radio station. She knows the station needs help, but what she doesn't know is what secrets lie behind the locked station doors. So, when Ciara gets the intern position and it is revealed that the radio station DJs are all vampires, Ciara has a bit of a laugh. Then the novelty wears off as she begins to realize it isn't joke, but a very stark reality. The station isn't succeeding, and if the station doesn't improve its ratings it's going to be sold and everyone fired. Since WVMP is a safe haven for the vamp DJs Ciara can't let this happen, especially since she's really starting to get the hots for the undead but totally sexy Shane.

I have to admit that it's been awhile since I actually got to read a good vamp novel, but I couldn't think of a better way to get back on the wagon than with this delightful book. Ready set the scene beautifully for a unique story that brought in all the elements of a good vampire read and then some. And perhaps I'm not really up to date on vampire lore, but to me it seemed like her idea for what happens to a vampire when staked through the heart was completely and totally new. It was gruesome and wicked. In other words, it was awesome! The characters, even the ones you aren't supposed to like, seem to have a certain allure to them. They're so evil you can't help but love them. And if that's the case with the ones you aren't supposed to like, then hold on to your seats when the scenes come to characters you are meant to like. Woo baby!

Wicked Game is an urban fantasy thrill ride. Not only is the story incredibly entertaining and exciting- even a little romantic, but it's also sexy as hell.

-Bookish Mom, aka RebekahC


ChefDruck said...

Wow - this sounds like a genre I could get into. Especially after falling reluctantly in love with the Twilight series. Thanks for the recommendation!

RebekahC said...

The sequel is coming out on the 19th too, Bad to the Bone. So, if you haven't already done so, check out Wicked Game! I'm off to post a review now for BTTB.