Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready

Book Blurb:
"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…"

Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready is a very fast paced, at times humorous, urban fantasy romance with a unique style of blending music into the storyline of vampires. I was intrigued by the OCD vampires, you don't normally see a flaw such as this in vampires. Definitely unique. I devoured this book in less than two days. I highly recommend this book and also plan on checking out her other series Aspect of Crow.

If you are a music lover like me, you will enjoy how Ms. Smith-Ready sets mood for the book with music throughout and naming her chapters after songs, that you are sure to recognize. You can go to her web site and grab the playlists for the book - go get them.

Wicked Game is the first book in the WVMP Radio series. The next installment is Bad to the Bone, due to release on May 19, 2009, click here to read the excerpt.

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Amy C said...

I have this book. I've been meaning to read it for months, but it's not my normal kind of reading. I read and LOVED her Aspect of Crow trilogy. Absolutely amazing! Have you read them?

Donna said...

Amy C do read it, you will enjoy it. If you like music, you'll like the way Jeri uses songs set the mood.

No, I haven't read the Crow Trilogy yet. But I'm going to check into them, especially now with your enthusiastic comment :)

Amy C said...

Seeing that you like to read fantasy, I really think you'd get into them. I think she has a great talent with getting the reader in tune with the characters and their emotions. The fantasy world in no way over powers the characters.

I kinda messed up my blog a week or so ago, but I managed to salvage some of my reviews. If you want, if you scroll down to the labels, you can read my reviews for all three of her books. The first two aren't as detailed as the third review for the Reawakened, but her books definitely moved me :). Moved me enough that I bought three sets as gifts!

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