Late Night Listening (Wicked Game – A Book Review)

Wicked Game (WVMP #1)
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Published: 2008

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Late night radio you can sink your teeth into!

Ciara Griffin is no longer doing cons. She’s done with that life. Now she is living a straight life as a part-time student as a Business major and now as an intern at WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ‘n’ Roll, a radio station. The late-night shows feature music from 1940s blues all the way up through the whatever 90s. No cookie cutter bull-hockey here. All authentic all the time. Really authentic, like the DJs that run the shows that feature each musical era as if they actually lived during those times, which makes sense because they did live during those times. They’re vampires.

So, what does Ciara do? She pulls the perfect con to save the station, the DJs, and her new job. This one she really pulls out of her butt. The radio station’s ratings goes up and it becomes the hottest thing around when she puts the vampire DJs out front for everybody to see, which includes the broody, grunge vamp, Shane McAllister, her current complicated affair. Put the truth in plain sight. And it works! But some vampires aren’t enjoying being brought into the light and it puts everybody in danger. Ciara is forced to take the con to further than ever before, otherwise


This was wild and edgy! Ciara is spunky and a livewire! The young woman is smart and she doesn’t do anything she doesn’t want to, and she certainly doesn’t live by life’s ordinary rules. Though, her dark past does haunt her. It makes her a perfect fit with this rag-tag, after dark radio station. While she is tough, she also has to be cautious now that she works with people who can drain her or rip her apart. Make’s the job less boring though, right?


Warning! This is not your typical Twilght tale!

I’m a lover of music. I loved that all of the DJs:

  • Monroe
  • Regina
  • Noah
  • Spencer
  • Jim
  • Shane

They have their own era that they’re stuck in. And I do mean stuck. When they were turned they were frozen in the time they died. They never moved forward in time and therefore become more lost, fading away, as the times change. Each DJ shares their time through music and it keeps them connected to the world as well as their era. Each DJ carried the emotion of their music and THAT really carried the tone, making them each incredibly independent. I really loved it.

Tid Bit: Another funny about vampires in this book? They’re crazy OCD! I get major giggles about it.

At the beginning of the book there is a playlist and let me tell you, I love getting to listen to new music. I think that an author’s playlist really gives an interesting look at the author. It’s super cool! Rachel Caine also does a playlist with Morganville Vampires, another series about vampires, and personally one of my BIG FAVORITES. Playlists like this is what inspired to go ahead do a song at the end of each book review!


This is a fun little read to kick back with. It’s fast, plenty sarcastic with a side of blood (and yes, sex too). I can’t say it seriously stirs up feelings, but it does rev you up a bit with good music. It’s stress-free, too, if that makes sense. Sometimes books are super intense and really pull you in to the brink of emotional turmoil. It can put the hurt on your heart and I was glad to be along for a ride that wasn’t hurting my heart this time. Sometimes you just need good ol’ fashioned fun and nothing else. This was that and then some. *insert smirk*



“I’m a morning person and a night person. So I have to be a nap person, or else I’m a tired person.” (Ciara to Shane, p. 43)

“I am not prey.” (Ciara, p. 50)

“Work: the all-American cure for heartache.” (Ciara, p.148)

“Something can’t just turn into nothing. Can’t. Happen. But it just did.” (Ciara, p. 248)


More to come soon…


P.S. Song today? Come as You Are by Nirvana.


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