Wicked Game is the first in a series by Jeri Smith-Ready, and is a fast-paced work of rock-and-roll art. Weaving old masterpieces of rock music into her story, Smith-Ready creates a very believable set of vampires that inhabit the lower level of an ailing independent radio station. Ciara (and that's Keer-ah, thank you very much) is hired on to help boost revenues or the owner of the station will sell to the conglomerate bunch called Skywave, and the vampires will lose their shelter.
Smith-Ready has created her vampires with several new twists, including the fact that they are trapped in their own time once changed, and cannot learn new things. They also exhibit heavy Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I found it hilarious to see how compulsive they really got in the story.
Shane McAllister and Ciara Griffin make an unlikely duo, but their interactions ring true. I felt for these characters. I rooted for them. I was sad for them. I wanted them to win.
There were a few parts where I had to look back to remember which vampire was which; the cast does get rather crowded at a few parts and you are forced to slow down and take the story in sips rather than gulps. It isn't a bad thing, and once you get past it, the story climbs back on the freeway and you are smooth reading again.
Wicked Game was a romance, but not; urban fantasy, but yeah...you get the idea. Smith-Ready's unique point-of-view throughout the whole story was distracting at first, but once I grew used to the idea of everything in present-tense, I relaxed and enjoyed the tale. The music, and the stories behind these wonderful creatures; Jeri's earned a spot on my "Will Buy" list.
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