"an enjoyable trip in urban fantasy"

Ciara Griffin is wary when she starts her job at WMMP as Marketing intern. The station will be sold to Skyware conglomerate unless ad revenue picks up. Inspired when she learns that the DJ's are vampires, Ciara promotes the station as WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock and Roll, exploiting the Vamp factor for instant success. Then comes trouble when an ancient vampire cult objects and Control, a group created to protect good vampires and kill bad ones, lets their concerns be known.

Ciara, who is trying to overcome her past has distanced herself from her con-artist parents. So it is a shock when she learns that her unique past is what got her this job. Her character is the pivot of the story and a stabalizing point for the vampires in the tale. She uses their Obsessive - Compulsive link to the era they died to bring them into today's world using her own unique insights from her upbringing.

For those like me who are not music triva buffs, this is still an entertaining read and for those who are, I believe you will find some fun facts presented as part of the plot. The story has some dark moments that definitely rate the story as a thriller; but all-in-all is an enjoyable trip in urban fantasy that will leave you with a smile and hoping for more to come.

Reviewed by Cy Korte For

Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted June 20, 2008


A novel of sex, blood, and rock 'n' roll.

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 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 WMMP 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 becomes a matter of life and un-death.

To boost ratings and save the lives of her strange new friends, Ciara re-brands 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…

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Wicked Game
(WVMP Radio: Book 1)
by Jeri Smith-Ready

Simon & Schuster (Pocket Books)
May 1, 2008
Available: May 13, 2008
ISBN #141655176X
EAN #9781416551768
384 pages
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