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WICKED GAME
by Jeri Smith-Ready

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

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This truly clever take on vampires is fresh and original. The characters have secrets and questionable backgrounds, which makes them intriguing. The use of music as the touchstone for life is sharp and witty. Smith–Ready proves that no matter what the genre, she has what it takes.

Practiced con artist Ciara Griffin is trying to stay straight, so she takes on an internship at a small radio station. That's when she learns the station's incredible secret: The night DJs
are actually vampires. Since vampires become stuck in the era they died, each is an expert in a different musical genre. But trouble is on the horizon, because a big conglomerate wants to purchase the station and change the format. Without a link to their era, the vampires, including sexy grunge rocker Shane, may fade and lose more of their humanity.

To save the station Ciara decides
to use the truth, knowing no one will believe her. Unfortunately, an ancient vampire is none too pleased with this strategy, and Ciara may be in over her head! (POCKET, May, 384 pp., $14.00)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Pocket

Published: May 2008

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3 Stars

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Wicked Game

Submitted by Robin in PA on July 17, 2011 - 4:14pm.

Ciara Griffin is a former con-artist hoping to get a job as an intern at the local radio station.  The DJ's at the station each have their own show, dedicated to 50's rock, 60's psychedelia, 90's grunge.  When Ciara is hired, she finds out that the DJ's are vampires.  They want her to help save the station from being bought out.  The station is their link to their original life.  If they lose the station, the vampires will just "fade".  So, Ciara comes up with the an idea...announce to the world the vampires are real, rebranding the station as "WVMP, the lifeblood of Rock-n-roll".  Soon ratings are going up...but other powerful vampires want to shut them down.

I thought the author's writing style was amusing, but I wasn't crazy about the heroine.  She just wasn't very likable.  I'd give this book 3 Stars.