Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready

28 Feb

Favorite Lines: “A good salesman fulfills expectations. This is a small town, where people lack exposure to nonstereotypical images of homosexuals. So if I queer it up a little bit here and there -…- and act like those assholes on TV, then people are charmed rather than challenged. I make them feel open-minded because they have a ‘gay friend.’ People who feel good spend money.” (p. 76 ARC)

While trying to turn her life around, Ciara Griffin finds herself running the biggest con of her life. She is going to out a radio station of vampires as a gimmick, in hopes of bringing in the money. The owner of the radio station intends to sell, if the station doesn’t pull itself out of the red. That would make the vampires who live there homeless, and in danger of losing their undead lives.

Unfortunately, the sales pitch pisses off the older vampires in the area and threats begin to fly. Ciara must learn not fail with this con if she wants to live another day.

This is a new series that I’ll be following; the idea is great. Ms. Smith-Ready has created vampires who must maintain a link to their Time or fade into mindless ghosts. They have different quirks sure to crack the reader up, and while they are dangerous, they are endearingly unhuman. They are the many decades of Rock N Roll.

I’m a child of Rap and R&B, but I had a blast with this book. I didn’t know half of the songs, but the idea of different vamps being different times in music is excellent. I don’t know that I agree with the idea of the vamp turned in the 2000’s playing country…but hey I’m not a country girl. The characters are excellent.

One of my favorites is Ciara. I love that she is not a by the book girl. She is a conwoman and constantly runs game on all who find themselves near her. Opportunities present themselves, and she takes advantage of them. It’s great. Just when you think you know what to expect, Wham! something happens to turn it topsy-turvy.

There was one thing that bothered me about this book; it only took me 80 pages to discover what it was. The story is told in the present. It isn’t bad, just different from most books on the market. For example, “I grab a soda. His head jerks back… he says…he closes.” Once I figured that out the story was easy going.

This book is slated for release on May 13. If you want to buy it check out Amazon. The first chapter is online and so is Smith-Ready’s bibliography.

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4 Responses to “Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready”

  1. Aaron Wakling February 28, 2008 at 8:30 pm #

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Aaron Wakling

  2. LesleyW February 29, 2008 at 2:25 am #

    This is currently on my wishlist, but I’m really not a fan of present tense.

    I think Jeanne C. Stein uses it in her Anna books as well. It always takes me longer to get into the story somehow.

  3. scooper February 29, 2008 at 11:19 pm #

    Lesley- This is definitely a good book and despite the present tense, is worth reading.

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