Wicked Game centers on the life of Ciara Griffin, an older (26) college student who is majoring in marketing and has just found herself a job at a local radio station. Being an urban fantasy, nothing is as it first seems - the DJs at the radio station are all vampires, and Ciara is a reformed (sort of) grifter. The author puts a nice spin on the conventional vampire myth - each of the vampires is stuck in the timeperiod they were turned, unable to move forward with the rest of the world into the present time. this means they all play music from their era only and develop a half-amusing, half-tragic case of OCD. This is the least of their problems. Usually even when I'm enjoying a book I can put it down, but this book made me want to just immerse myself in it. I was always curious what was going to happen next, and that hasn't happened in a while. I recommend it for those who liked Emma Bull's War for the Oaks.
Who says the vampire genre is dead? I'm a longtime fine of JS-R and 'Wicked Game' is now my favorite of her books. I would buy her books in harcover if they came that way but they are only trade paperback and well worth the fourteen or so bucks. This book is huge! But you won't be dragging through it wondering when something is going to happen. I know I was flying through the pages eager to see what would happen next. The vampire DJ's stuck in their era's was a great idea and I hope they get much more screen time next book. This book could've easily been a stand alone but with the sequel (Bad to the Bone) already announced I just can't wait to see what happens next!
I started reading Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready around 9:30pm. I then proceeded to read it non-stop till 5:45am. I can only say thank you, thank you, thank you to Jeri herself for picking my name for the ARC contest a couple of weeks ago. Not only does she know her music inside and out, but she took everyday vampires and made them into something more interesting and original than a lot of others out there. Vampires always stay the same physical age, and are usually beautiful beings. Which is the case in Wicked Game, but these Vampires are stuck in the decade in which they were made.
The main group of characters are Vampire DJs at WMMP, and on their individual shows they play music from the era in which they mentally remain in. The main character, and totally human Ciara (pronounced Keer-ah, which is pointed out twice in the beginning so its clear), is hired to help save their radio station. Ciara doesnt know how to fight and she doesnt have super natural powers. The girl is a con artist that just uses her BRAIN! Shane, Mr. Stuck in 1995, reminds me of my flannel wearing high school days, and makes me miss all the really great influential music of that time.
Wicked Game is one of the best books Ive read in awhile, and even though I have the ARC Ill be picking it up in stores when it comes out on May 13th. Everyone should pick this book up when its released or pre-order from Amazon at the link up above! I promise you wont regret it.
This is the first book I've read by this author and I was very pleasantly surprised. This is a unique tale that was fast-paced and highly entertaining. The characters are rich, the vampires are cool, and it was just a great story. I'll be reading the next in this series, I'm hooked!