Friday, January 4, 2013

{Book Review} Bad to the Bone (WVMP Radio #2) by Jeri Smith-Ready

Bad to the Bone (WVMP Radio #2)
by Jeri Smith-Ready
Publisher: Gallery Books
Released: May 16th 2009
Genre:Fiction- Adult: Urban Fantasy
How I got it: Received a copy from the publisher.

TURN ON. TUNE IN. DROP DEAD.Welcome to WVMP, “The Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll,” where con artist-turned-station-owner Ciara Griffin manages an on-air staff of off-the-wall DJs—including new boyfriend Shane McAllister—who really sink their teeth into the music of their “Life Time” (the era in which they became vampires). Ciara keeps the undead rocking, the ratings rolling, and the fan base alive—without missing a beat. For Halloween, WVMP is throwing a bash. With cool tunes, hot costumes, killer cocktails—what could go wrong? To start, a religious firebrand ranting against the evils of the occult preempts the station’s midnight broadcast. Then, when Ciara tracks down the transmission, the broadcast tower is guarded by what appears to be . . . a canine vampire? Behind it all is a group of self-righteous radicals who think vampires suck (and are willing to stake their lives on it). Ciara must protect the station while struggling with her own complicated relationship, her best friend’s romance with a fledgling vampire, and the nature of her mysterious anti-holy powers. To make it to New Year’s in one piece,she’ll need to learn a few new tricks. . . .

Review: I want a dog like Dexter! He seems so sweet and big and goofy, I just fell in love with him. Ok now that, that's out of my system.
This was a great installment to the WVMP series. Ciara's wit, the intrigue, romance and emotional roll-a-coaster combine to make this a great read. Ms Smith-Ready has created a world turning the Vampire mythos so that it works for her characters. I'm not sure if it was intentional or not, but the OCD's of the older vampires remind me of the legend of how people would toss, rice or wheat on the ground in front of doorways because it was said that vampires would be compelled to pick them up or count them keeping them away until sunrise. I had to wonder if maybe that was the inspiration for the vampire OCD.
Anyway the book follows Ciara through the holiday season, as she infiltrates a vampire hating cult and tries to balance her love life with one of the undead.
So here's the thing I'm not a Shane fan, I think he's unjustifiably hard on Ciara for her past. I feel their relationship is unhealthy, not just because he's a vampire and she's human. So when Ciara started to have feelings for David, I found myself routing for David. I wanted Ciara to have a "normal" life, but then that wouldn't make a good book. I also thought that maybe Ciara was being a bit of a hypocrite when it came to Lori and Travis relationship. So Travis might have tried to eat her, it wasn't his fault exactly... I mean he was just turned and didn't know what he was doing. Ciara's dating a vampire, isn't that a bit of the pot calling the kettle silver. What my kettle's silver and so are my pots.
There were some interesting twists throughout the book. I kept reading to find out about the anti-vampire sect and their mission. What Ciara was going to do with her relationships. Ciara's "anti-holy" powers, which were revealed in the end of book 1, are examined, but not fully explained. This and some other tidbits left me needing to read book 3 in order to put my mind and curiosity to rest.


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