Wicked Game (WVMP Radio #1)
by Jeri Smith-Ready
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by Pocket
Review by Amber I
Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin is trying to live the straight life, even if it means finding a (shudder!) real job. She takes an internship at a local radio station, whose late-night time-warp format features 1940s blues, '60s psychedelia, '80s goth, and more, all with an uncannily authentic flair. Ciara soon discovers just how the DJs maintain their cred: they're vampires, stuck forever in the eras in which they were turned.
Ciara's first instinct, as always, is to cut and run. But communications giant Skywave wants to buy WVMP and turn it into just another hit-playing clone. Without the station — and the link it provides to their original Life Times — the vampires would "fade," becoming little more than mindless ghosts of the past. Suddenly a routine corporate takeover is a matter of life and undeath.
To boost ratings and save the lives of her strange new friends, Ciara rebrands the station as "WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock 'n' Roll." In the ultimate con, she hides the DJs' vampire nature in plain sight, disguising the bloody truth as a marketing gimmick. WVMP becomes the hottest thing around — next to Ciara's complicated affair with grunge vamp Shane McAllister. But the "gimmick" enrages a posse of ancient and powerful vampires who aren't so eager to be brought into the light. Soon the stakes are higher — and the perils graver — than any con game Ciara's ever played...
This book is going to be one of my guilty pleasures. Nothing I am going to overly recommend to my friends or brag about. But something I am keeping to...moreThis book is going to be one of my guilty pleasures. Nothing I am going to overly recommend to my friends or brag about. But something I am keeping to myself. Why? I am not sure. For some reason I found myself totally captivated in this series for no good reason. I didn't really like how they made the vampires stuck in there time and ready to fade. But there was something about the book that I just couldn't get enough of. I can't call it a typical vamp story or one thats totally out there and made its own path. Its somewhere inbetween. Its great, its corny, and it kept me wanting more!!