Sunday, November 22, 2009

Book Review: Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready

Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Pocket; Reprint edition (March 31, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439101345
ISBN-13: 978-1439101346

Rating: 4/5
Source: Personal Library

Book Blurb:
Newbie marketing intern Ciara Griffin lands a job at WMMP, a station threatened with being sold to Skyware, a giant communications conglomerate, unless ad revenue picks up. A former con artist with a canny way with people, Ciara soon learns that the DJs are undead and specialists in the musical eras in which they were turned into vampires. One of them, Shane McAllister (turned in 1995), is really hot and dangerously tempting. In order to attract more listeners, Ciara promotes a new marketing strategy and the Sherwood, Md., station becomes 94.3 WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock and Roll, exploiting the fang factor (which no listener takes seriously) for profit. It works, until an ancient vampire cult wants to pull the plug. Also playing in is The Control, an equally ancient paramilitary group created to protect good vampires and kill bad ones.

My Review:
Rock and roll. Vampires. Sexy DJs. What's not to love about this book?

Ciara wants to go straight after growing up in a family of grifters, and has a chance at a "real job" as a marketing intern for an independent radio station. Little does she know what she's getting into...as the DJs are all vampires, stuck in the past. The radio station gives them the opportunity to survive, by blending their past realities with acceptable doses of the present.

Thought that this was a great start to an interesting series, and loved how Jeri included a playlist at the beginning of the book. The DJs are all intriguing, either in spite of or because of being stuck in a past era. The humans are also very relatable. Especially enjoyed Franklin, the marketing director who has his own unique salesmanship methods.

This was a well written book with a good plot that stood on it's own and didn't get bogged down in details. The characters were all believable, and most of them were likable. Lots of good music thrown into the mix as well, some of which I had to look up online. Gave this one a solid 4/5 rating, as I really enjoyed everything about the book! Looking forward to reading the rest of the series, as I can't wait to see what happens next at WVMP!

11 comments:

  1. Vampires and good music.
    I'm sold!
    Great review!

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  2. Hagelrat - What could be more fun than vampires and rock & roll? *L*

    Susi - Thanks! I went to Jeri's website and listened to several of her playlists. Very cool!

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  3. Vampires and music...and stuck in the past... sounds like a big party... ~lol~ This sounds really interesting with all the possibilites of happenings.

    Thanks for the great review!

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  4. Oooh, this looks good! I've been on a vampire kick ever since my friend introduced me to "Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side." This one will definitely be going on my TBR list so thanks for sharing it with us!

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  5. Melissa - Is really interesting, and I'm looking forward to seeing where Jeri takes this series in the next book!

    Steph - It is good! I have Jessica's Guide on my wishlist, but haven't gotten to it yet. Love the vamps! :)

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  6. Sounds like an enjoyable read - not really into the whole traditional vampire story, this sounds like one of those modern takes on the tale, something I will read. Thanks for that great review, Alexia.

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  7. This one sounds like fun. Gotta love those vampires. Unless you are my daughter--she hates them and complains about Twilight whenever possible.

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  8. Petty Witter - Was definitely a modern take on vampires, as no capes or bats to be found! *L*

    Pam - Your daughter doesn't like Twilight? Think I love her even more now! :D

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  9. This sounds good! I am still working my way slowly into vampire reads.

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