BRING ON THE NIGHT is the third of five planned books in the stellar WVMP Radio series, and it is clearly a turning point. Needless to say, it is impossible to be specific about anything that happened in this book without there being spoilers. In the interest of NOT being that person that messes up your reading experience, then, I will instead focus on how BRING ON THE NIGHT is yet another example of Jeri Smith-Readys world-building and characterization talent.
You would think that two people as in love as Ciara and Shane are with each other would get boring after a while, but this standout couple proves us wrong again and again. What makes Ciara and Shane consistently interesting is their deeply rooted differencesspecifically, their faith, or the lack thereof. Shanes struggle with the morality of vampirism as a result of his Catholic upbringing brings to mind other vampires famous moral conflicts (Edward Cullen, anyone?). It results in us occasionally wanting to just swat him upside the head and tell him to lighten up, youre killing the moodbut damn, this boy is just completely and utterly adorable, the perfect guy to counterbalance Ciaras recklessness and skepticism. And did I mention that hes a talented musician as well?
The central plot pertaining to the zombies feels a little far-fetched at times, but mostly because they all play second fiddle to The Thing That Happens that I cant tell you about. Still, it doesnt take too much for us to adjust our knowledge of Ciaras world to accommodate zombies and whatever else Jeri might want to throw at us next. Thats the beauty of her books: from the beginning, she weaves a world so complete that it begins to take on a life of its own, allowing us readers to stretch it as needed for us to believe in it. The strongest structures arent necessarily the most rigid: theyre the ones with just enough give and flexibility to absorb any shocks and new material.
BRING ON THE NIGHT marks a big change for Ciara, Shane, and all the other characters whom weve come to love. Ill definitely be waiting to see what happens to them next!
While I love the characters in this series, I did not like this 3rd book as well as the first two. It took some unexpected turns that change the direction of the series itself and I am not sure I'm happy about that. In addition, I felt this plot was just not quite as well developed as the previous two. I'll still be reading the next one, but with less enthusiasm going in.