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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  2,533 ratings  ·  321 reviews

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 just...more
Paperback, 361 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by Pocket Books
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Carolyn Crane
It practically takes an act of God to get me to pick up a new vampire series these days, but wow, I'm sure glad I gave this one a whirl. Wicked Game is book 1 of the Ciara Griffin/WVMP radio urban fantasy series by Jeri Smith-Read

The plot, quickly: Vampires, stuck forever in the eras when they were turned, work as DJs in a radio station. (The '40's guy does blues, the '60's guy does psychedelia, etc.) and the radio station is in danger of being bought and destroyed; intern Ciara Griffin to the r...more
I don't know if it's fair to call this a review. Mainly it's me gushing about this book, the author and how happy and nostalgic they made me feel. But first, let me make a shocking announcement.

Guys and Girls, I am about to utter words that I thought would never cross my lips. I can't even believe I'm going to say it. Are you ready? Really ready? Here goes...

I have found a vampire that I love even more than Bones.

So who is this intriguing vamp who has stolen my heart? Shane McAllister from th...more
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The thing that sold me on this book was the vampires. Yes, we’ve got a bazillion vampire books out there with all sorts of lore and history, but what other books can you name where the vampires remain mentally stuck in their era? (if there are other books, I’d like to know about them) These are some of the most original vampires I’ve come across, a far cry from Dracula and his kin. No, they can’t do daylight, but the...more
Steph Su
Calling all fans of smoldering romance, sassy heroines, and badass vampires: this brilliant series by Jeri Smith-Ready is sure to make your year! Not since Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series have I read a vampire book that’s so hot, funny, intelligent, and well written.

If you like your protagonists bold and witty, look no further than Ciara Griffin. Her irreverent narration makes WICKED GAME a nonstop entertaining and mindblowing read. Ciara is a remarkably well-developed heroine: not only i...more
Feb 14, 2009 Julie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: paranormal fans
Recommended to Julie by: Cyber Book Club book of the month
Man, these are hard to classify sometimes.

This is one of the better paranormal books I've read. It focuses solely on vampires - no werewolves, no witches, no gremlins etc. - and does a really great job of it. There is significantly less angst than in a lot of vampire-related stuff, and yet there is still romance (and sex), lots of humor, and an interesting, entertaining story. There were some REALLY amusing scenes, which I won't describe because I wouldn't want to ruin it for anyone.

I liked Jeri...more
Blodeuedd Finland
I am feeling very uninspired to write a review right now, so I doubt I will have much to say but I will give it a go.

Ok so Ciara is pretty tough and can take care of herself, she con people and take their money to pay for tuition and she didn't exactly have a normal childhood. She is studying at college and she needs a job for it, an internship at this radio station could be something. Oh yes a radio station where the djs are vampires, I do like that idea and how that have stayed in their own ti...more
Jul 30, 2008 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of vampire books
Despite the huge upsurge in vampire urban fantasy books out there, this novel still seems fresh and interesting. Basically, a young con artist/student Ciara takes a job at a radio station as a marketing intern. While there she finds that all of the late night DJ's are vampires, who because of when they were "turned" are stuck in the time frame of when they turned. In essence they are perfect for their time slots at the radio station because they never moved past it. The Station Manager, David is...more
I first discovered Jeri Smith-Ready through her highly unique urban fantasy Requiem for the Devil. A sort of sequel to Paradise Lost told from Lucifer's point of view, I thought it was beautiful, disturbing and, in the end, unexpectedly hopeful. When I heard she was writing an urban fantasy about vampire DJs and a female lead who is a con artist, I was eager to get my hands on it. It took forever for my local store to get it in, but when if finally did I snatched it up immediately. And it did...more
Heather C (Darkly Reading)
I love to learn new things from books...granted learning how to pull a con might not be the best thing to learn but who knows it might be a handy tool some day. The main character of this book, Ciara Griffin (perhaps a play on grifter)is not a saint and sometimes not even a good person. I think that's what I liked about her - she's not perfect, she keeps going back to her con-artist skills, sometimes for the good of her new friends and sometimes for her own good. I also liked the characterizatio...more
Jan 27, 2009 Colleen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: vampire novel fans
Recommended to Colleen by: no one
If you haven't burned out on the many, many, many vampire novels out there right now, Wicked Game is a good one to pick up when you want some mental chewing gum. The main character has sufficient talents and flaws (and the requisite fun-but-mundane best friend) for the book to roll right along.

Don't let the cover fool you, though. There is barely enough blood and assorted vampiric attractions to qualify as a vampire novel, and enough girly-spite/hate-at-first-sight inspired hijinks to make you...more
The one where recovering con artist Ciara gets a job at a radio station, only to discover that all the late-night DJs are vampires.

I'd like to be able to give this only two and a half stars, but it's closer to a three than to a two.

On the plus side: the vampire thing is really well thought out. The author has done some real science-fiction thinking about how vampires might survive in everyday life and what effect vampirism might have on their personalities. There were pleasant surprises of that...more
Apr 17, 2008 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy and rock 'n roll!
Please note: I received an ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy) of this book, which is actually coming out May 13th!
Ciara Griffin grew up in a family of grifters, but is looking to go straight when she finds an internship at a radio station. To her surprise, WMMP's eclectic play list ranging from 1940s blues to 1990s grunge stems from the fact that the disc jockeys are all vampires, each stuck (sartorially as well as musically) in the decade they became undead. Since the station is at risk of being bou...more
Jun 03, 2009 Cathy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cathy by: Gail Dayton
A great book! It has an original premise for vampire lit, skilled writing and character development, and a terrific plot. It wasn't too dark or too light, there was romance without it being the main focus of the book. There is a bit of a mystery, some action, and some drama. The rock and roll aspect was creative and fun. This was definitely one of my favorite urban fantasy books. Be sure to check out the website to hear each DJ's playlists. There is even a fun Cafe Press store with...more
These are a VERY different sort of vampire. They almost need protecting more than they need to be protected from...and that's a bad sentence, but hopefully you know what I mean. Vampires get stuck in the era in which they died, and the more the world changes, the harder it is for them. The heroine goes to work for a radio station with "era" shows that are DJed by vampires from that era. There's some action from some bad vampires, but overall, this isn't a terribly action heavy book. It's a nice...more
Helene Stackhouse
Bon malgré les mauvaises critiques, perso j'ai adoré ! Ca nous change des vampires, surpuissant, méga sexy, sûr d'eux, limite imbus d'eux même, trop lisses et sans défaut ! Je les ai trouvé très touchant avec leurs phobies et tocs qui les rendent très humains ! J'aime les esprits torturés ! Quant à leur univers de station radio, ça nous change également des méga vampires, riches comme crésus, vivant dans un luxe sans nom à faire palir de jalousie le Baron Rotchild ! Je reste sur ma position et j...more
Ciara est une jeune femme de 24 ans qui a eu une jeunesse mouvementée, elle commet encore quelques infractions mais essaye de rester plus ou moins dans le droit chemin. Elle postule pour être stagiaire marketing dans une station service un peu minable, et va se retrouver plongé dans un monde qu'elle n'imaginait même pas.

Ce qui frappe au départ c'est que l'on pense dans les premiers chapitres que notre héroïne est une jeune femme normale ,un peu marginale certes mais une femme ordinaire qui postu...more
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
Dec 02, 2013 Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Vampire fans, Paranmornal Romance fans, EVERYONE
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Can I just say that I love this book? Seriously, these is the first book in the WVMP Radio series which is now officially my favorite vampire series (knocking the Sookie Stackhouse series from the spot). I love everything about this book. I seriously can't think of anything I didn't like.

This book follows Ciara Griffin (pronounced KEER AH) in her pursuit of a normal life. She fails to find it, in fact she finds a life that just...more
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I let WICKED GAME sit on my shelf for ages because I thought the whole paranormal radio station market had been thoroughly corned by Carrie Vaughn's werewolf DJ Kitty Norville series. I couldn't see vampire DJs as opposed to werewolf DJs making that much of a difference, but after reading (and loving) Jeri’s YA debut Shade, I was willing to see what her adult series could do. The reality is that these two paranormal radio series couldn't be mo...more
Ciara Griffin is a former con artist turned radio station intern. Trying to mend her ways she takes a job at WVMP and dives into the secret world of vampires and Control, the agency who keeps the world safe.

These vampires really need to drink daily but can survive longer and they can use banked blood but prefer fresh donors. The big difference is that these vampires are locked in the specific time when they became the undead and their mind is stagnant. Supposedly they have an impossible time le...more
Ciara Griffin’s parents raised her to be a con artist, but she wants to go straight. She pulled one big job to help her survive awhile, but she needs a job if she wants to keep paying her bills. Her best opportunity? Interning at local station WMMP. Of course, it seems prudent to quit once she learns the station believes the DJs are vampires. She learns her potential coworkers aren’t insane when she takes the scruffy Shane home and he bites her.

Eventually, Ciara decides to continue working for t...more
Meet Ciara Griffin, pronounced Keer-ah, a smart, witty, interesting con-artist. Yep, that's right, con-artist. She chose the last name Griffin as a play on the title, grifter, someone who swindles people out of money. The book starts with her in an interview for a summer intern position at a radio station. She gets the job, but quickly realizes things are not as they seem. The DJs are vampires and are at risk at losing the station, which is the only thing holding them onto sanity. As the Marketi...more
Lori Whitwam
A happy surprise. So many paranormal/urban fantasy are so similar that it's hard to tell one series from another. But... Ciara's new vampire buds are unique. In this world, vampires are "locked" into the time in which they died. Handy here, since they are all DJs, specializing in the music of their decade. They can't really assimilate new information into their worldview, such as the 60s character can see and theoretically understand the use of computers, but can't incorporate it into his life....more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Plot Summary: 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 c...more
May 31, 2011 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Midnyte Reader
A surprising & delightful read by Jeri Smith-Ready, the 1st in a trilogy of snap-em-up paranormal romances. JSR invites us into her edgy & enjoyable rock-n-roll world complete with a play list (cue the awesome tunes). Flawed and sassy Ciara Griffin is a recovering con artist who teeters on-off her wagon, her grip made all the more precarious when she takes a job at a failing radio station whose night owl DJs really are "creatures of the night." Ciara can't resist helping this motley vamp...more
Booklover, Indianapolis
(July) This started off pretty good - it seemed well paced, and interesting wasn't. It got sloggy, convoluted, vague, and boring. I didn't know you could make vampires boring, but this book succeeded, much to my dismay. I've read enough vampire romance books to know what I expect, what I like - which is dangerous, powerful, sexy guys and gals. Here they were almost impotent - not sexually, but in terms of how they acted and managed their own lives. I was amazed when it was said that m...more
Sandy Williams
It's no secret I'm a huge fan of vampire books, but this one was brilliant. The MC is a con artist named Ciara (pronounced Keer-ah) and she's hired by a radio station to increase it's ratings. Turns out, the DJs at this station are all vampires who are stuck in the decades in which they die. Smith-Ready does a great job developing each of the vamps and making them different. My favorite part of their characters are that they are obsessive compulsive. For example, one vamp can't stand for there t...more
Sep 16, 2009 Shay rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: pnr, vamps
That was a lovely and different chick-lit, as much as chick-lits can be different from one another.
Its the story of Ciara, a con artist that her day-to-day profession is Marketing and Sales. as a marketing manager myself, i enjoyed the way she is walking the extremely thin line between the two professions.
And of Shane, a tall, semi-dark and very handsome Vampire DJ in WVMP, a local & somewhat special Radio station of the damned, that goes in to truble When a large radio network is trying to...more
Enjoyed this book it was cute and funny found that I was laughing on and off from the beginning to the end. Not your typical vampire book.A retired con artist joining up with a group of dj vampires who would have thought. But, a good kind is what they need to save there failing radio station. Loved the character they all had such different personalities and like the fact that one of there ideas was to come out of the closet and tell everyone who they became vampires as part of there campaign to...more
Ciara Griffin is a recovering con artist determined to go straight. She gets a job at a local radio station and is told that all the DJs are vampires. At first she thinks it’s a joke but a close encounter with a pair of fangs changes her mind...

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Jamie (Alphas Authors Books Oh My)
This was a great break from traditional vampire stories. I really loved the radio station story line. It was very unique and has so many possibilities. I liked how the characters evolved during the story and I am looking forward to reading more about them. One thing that did bug me is the way the author wrote the story in the present tense. I have never read a story like that and it would constantly throw me off. But i do have the next installment and will definitely be reading it.
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Jeri Smith-Ready has been writing fiction since the night she had her first double espresso. A steady stream of caffeine has produced twelve published novels for teens and adults since 2001.

Jeri lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats, who often play tag-team "sit in the author's lap and keep her from writing." (The cats, that is, not the husband. Though, actually...)
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