Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready

This book is an A...for awesome :) Here's the description from amazon:
Newbie marketing intern Ciara Griffin lands a job at WMMP, a station threatened with being sold to Skyware, a giant communications conglomerate, unless ad revenue picks up. A former con artist with a canny way with people, Ciara soon learns that the DJs are undead and specialists in the musical eras in which they were turned into vampires. One of them, Shane McAllister (turned in 1995), is really hot and dangerously tempting. In order to attract more listeners, Ciara promotes a new marketing strategy and the Sherwood, Md., station becomes 94.3 WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock and Roll, exploiting the fang factor (which no listener takes seriously) for profit. It works, until an ancient vampire cult wants to pull the plug. Also playing in is The Control, an equally ancient paramilitary group created to protect good vampires and kill bad ones. Smith-Ready's musical references are spot on, as is her take on corporate radio's creeping airwave hegemony. Add in the irrepressible Ciara, who grew up in a family of grifters, and the results rock.
This book made me want to buy more music. Specifically, the music the vamps played and the playlist in the front of the book. In fact, I spent a chunk of time this afternoon updating my iPod. I won't say any more than the blurb reveals since it covers everything and I agree with the review. I am so happy I have the next book in this series, Bad to the Bone, waiting to be read. The third one, Bring on the Night, comes out in late July. So, to sum things up: read this book!


Angiegirl said...

I loved this book! And the sequel. She has such a light touch with the urban fantasy and interpersonal elements. I'm really looking forward to the next one.

Also, I used to have the same blog template as you and just looking at your blog makes me happy. :)

J said...

This is very cool! I love your blog, particularly the art - it's so pretty. I picked a good template if you had this one too - I've changed it several times but this one is my favorite so far :)

Wicked Game is one of the best urban fantasies I have read in a long time. One of the best books overall with the exception of Juliet Marillier's Daughter of the Blood (thanks for that btw). I'm totally hooked on her now :)

Angiegirl said...

*happy dance* Another Marillier convert! I'm so glad you're hooked. She is such a comfort author for me.

And I agree--love that template.