Review for Wicked Game (WVMP Radio #1) by Jeri Smith-Ready

Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready

TITLE: Wicked Game
AUTHOR: Jeri Smith-Ready
PUBLISHER: Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
PAGES: 361 pages
FORMAT: Paperback
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 5 stars

Can I just say that I love this book? Seriously, these is the first book in the WVMP Radio series which is now officially my favorite vampire series (knocking the Sookie Stackhouse series from the spot). I love everything about this book. I seriously can’t think of anything I didn’t like.

This book follows Ciara Griffin (pronounced KEER AH) in her pursuit of a normal life. She fails to find it, in fact she finds a life that just gets stranger. She finds a job at a radio station as a marketing manager and they give her a manual to read to introduce her to the station’s unique world. The manual contains the most basic information about vampires. Ciara, naturally, thinks this is insane and calls to resign immediately because she doesn’t find the prank funny. Boy is she in for a surprise. She soon runs across one of the DJ’s in a bar and learns the hardway that they weren’t fooling her, the DJ’s truly are vampires (all six of them). She takes her job back and comes up with an awesome marketing plan. To keep the station from going under, why not promote the truth as a gimmick to get listeners? Tell the world that, yes, we are a station full of vampires which is why our broadcasts only play at night and each DJ only plays music from a specific period of time (because it is their ‘lifetime’, the period of time in which they were made into vampires and therefore that is where their mentality is stuck).

::blank stares:: …so she wants the real vampires to pretend to be humans pretending to be vampires to get attention for the station?

That would be correct. And it works like a charm until an older vampire decides it is a dumb idea and wants to kill them all if they don’t stop. During all this craziness, Ciara starts to develop a relationship with the youngest DJ, Shane McAllister. Obviously a rocky, interesting relationship since she refuses to be a donor for him to feed off of.

Seriously though, this book is so different than most vampire novels and the main character is so far from the generic heroines that it had me doing mental happy dances. How can you not love a girl who was raised by con artists? And the vampires are all OCD in an incredibly indearing way. Shane’s obsession with alphabetizing things really struck a cord because I am similarly obsessed with how my books/cds/dvds are organized.

Speaking of Shane…::drools:: damn can Mrs Smith-Ready create a leading male character. After reading Shade where she has not one but two amazing male leads, I didn’t think it was possible to have another one I adored this much but I was wrong. Now granted, Shane isn’t perfect and he definitely doesn’t knock Damon from The Vampire Diaries (books not the show) from his perch as favorite male vampire ever (because let’s face it, there is no way a catholic vampire is gonna ever rock my world THAT much given my very athiest religious outlook) but he is definitely high on the list. He’s tall, he plays guitar and sings, and he is hot as hell…need I say more?

Here, this is what I imagined Shane to sound like when I was reading:… Is this because he was described this way or because I have a sick obsession with the one known as Shimon Moore (in the video, he is the blond one)? Well, I’ll never really know, but I’d like to think it’s the former.

So everyone who likes vampires, con artists, rock music, and amazing writing should read this. Seriously. GO BUY IT NOW.

Disclaimer: those with issues with cursing, description sex, or hearing the main character bash Christianity a time or two might want to steer clear.

Review for Evernight (Evernight #1) by Claudia Gray

Evernight by Claudia Gray

TITLE: Evernight
SERIES: Evernight #1
AUTHOR: Claudia Gray
PUBLISHER: Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
PAGES: 327 pages
FORMAT: Hardcover
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 4 stars

***This review contains spoilers***

For the first half of this book, I wasn’t sure whether I liked it or not. I wasn’t crazy about Bianca (or her name, for that matter. Call me shallow, but I do judge characters by their names). It seemed almost like Hex Hall-lite, same basic plot but with only vampires and a less enjoyable lead female. But I kept going and the further I got, the more I annoyed I became. Not only was Bianca annoying, but she was inexplicably drawn to a guy who was nice at first and then is a jackass to her and completely not attracted to the smart sexy guy who was actually nice to her. Fucking moron. Still, I kept reading because I have a complusive need to finish every book I start.

Then I got to the halfway mark and Bianca & Lucas make up and start making out and she bites him. Apparently she’s a vampire and just forgot to mention it in her mental narrative until now. And this isn’t the OMG! WHAT! Vampires don’t exist! type thing. No, she’s known her entire life that she was born a vampire to 2 vampire parents (a highly rare occurance) and that this depressing school she is in is for vampires with a few clueless humans lurking about to add diversity. This irk me initially too, I mean I get that it was supposed to be a plot twist and it worked, but I quickly got over it. It made me exceedingly happy that for once the heroine was the supernatural entity, not the hero or both as it is in most teen romance novels. Once this revelation was made, the writing seemed to get better and Bianca became less annoying. She has to hide it all from Lucas until he sees her standing on a roof basically covered in blood and like a smart man, her runs the fuck away from her.

After he leaves, she does become depressed but lucky for me, it was not an all out Bella Swan like coma. She continues her life, just a little sadder. Then she finally tells Lucas the whole truth and though he knows he should leave her alone, he doesn’t. He still wants to be with her, which becomes more complicated after she bites him twice because that apparently gives him vampire-esque powers because he is now eligible to become one, if he so chooses. They start digging into more vampire history and facts and little Bianca starts to see how sheltered her life has been and she starts to follow her own thoughts and ignore her parents wishes/demands.

I won’t reveal the other secret but I will say I did like how Bianca acted in the last 40 or so pages. It shows she is growing up. All in all, it was a pretty good read and I’m gonna start the next book soon.