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Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson
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Apr 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: favorites, swoon-worthy-heroes, yummy-romances
Read from April 06 to 09, 2012

WOWZA! This is, hands down, one of the best books I have read in a while. It's interesting to read some of the other reviews. People seem to either hate or love Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson. I am definitely in the love category. Here's why:

Criminy Stain is fantastic as our charming, sexy, arrogant, brooding, sexy, and witty hero. Did I mention sexy? From the first moment he is introduced to the last, I drooled over loved him. We saw the world of Sang come alive through his eyes. And what a world it was.

Sang is a magical place that exists parallel to our own. In Sang there are two types of people: Bluds (think vampires with little tweaks here and there) and Pinkies (humans). Once upon a time everyone was happy and there was a perfect balance between Bluds and Pinkies. Then something happened (a war? a famine? I didn't really catch it in the reading) and all of the wildlife became Bluds (bludbunnies, bludstags, bludsquirrels, etc. etc.) which sent the Pinkies packing into big cities with big walls. Bluds were discriminated against, turned mostly into servants or factory workers, and regulated by the Coppers (Pinkie police force).

I found Sang to be a highly unique and original place. One I wouldn't mind living in myself (as long as it wasn't in a stinky city). The cast of characters Dawson introduced us to throughout WATC was fascinating. I loved (or loved to hate) them all. It is a talented writer that with just a few sentences can make you feel genuine emotions about a character.

You may have noticed I have yet to say anything about the main character... And that would be because while I enjoyed the first person narrative as told by one Letitia (Tish) Everett, she wasn't my favorite character. Maybe it was the name. Maybe it was because she was so willing (after the few three chapters or so) to believe and accept everything around her. Maybe it was because even though she was supposed to be twenty five (the same age as me!) she acts more like (and makes decisions like) an eighteen year old. Or maybe it was because she (view spoiler) and I didn't. Who knows? Whatever the reason, I didn't LOVE Tish, but I did like her. Most of the time.

A few other things, while small, kept this from being a 5 star book for me. (view spoiler)

Overall, this book was a FANTASTIC read and I can't wait for the second Blud novel to come out. I think it will be better, knowing what to expect going in. I know initially when I started WATC I was expecting something closer to YA, and was thrown for a bit of a loop when I figured out Tish was actually eighteen twenty-five. All in all, a job well done and book well worth the two days it took me to read it cover to cover.
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Reading Progress

8.0% "Attacking bunnies? CHECK!"
18.0% "She can do WHAT? Oh man. Oh man, oh man, oh man. If only this world was real..."
25.0% "Hmmm... Reminds me a little bit of the new show Awake. And I am definitely skimming over THOSE bits to get to the BETTER bits."
45.0% "There are ghosts too? Now I'm getting dizzy."

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