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Wicked After Midnight (Blud #3)

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A contortionist and a rakish brigand navigate the cabarets of Paris to rescue a girl taken by slavers in the third steampunk-tinged romance of the Blud series.

Life as a contortionist in Criminy’s Clockwork Caravan should be the height of exotic adventure, but for Demi Ward, it’s total dullsville. Until her best friend, Cherie, is stolen by slavers outside of Paris, and Dem
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Mass Market Paperback, 429 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Pocket
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Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
I'm always hesitant to start one of these books and then I'm always amazed at how much I end up enjoying it! The major problem is that no one and I mean no one can measure up to Criminy even though they do come close...there's just something about him.

But this is Demi's story, the girl who Criminy took under his wing. She's restless and he has begrudgingly agreed to let her and her friend travel. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse.

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We've known Demi since the beginning and it was g
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Angelc
This book was really enjoyable and also unique. I think I am starving for these paranormal historical romance books, with a dash of steampunk. I can't get enough of them, and there are so few to pick from. If you haven't read this type of book before, this would be great for something new and different.

I read the first book in this series, "Wicked as They Come," and while I enjoyed it, I didn't care for all the time/world hopping that the heroine did. This time around, I was much happier, becaus
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Steampunk Romance
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

The author has announced that Wicked After Midnight will be the last Blud series story. The series ends with a character that Dawson touched briefly on in The Damsel and the Daggerman in Bludman/Contortionist Demi Ward. After partying too hard, Demi ended up in a coma, and was later transported to Sang where she was dying until Criminy Stain Bludded her, and saved her life. Demi has now been stuck in Sangland for the past SIX years with apparentl
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Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 Stars

I absolutely love the steampunk world that Dawson has created in the Blud series. This is not your normal vampire book, this is about Bludmen, do not be confused. There are no mesmerizing looks, sparkly skin in the sun or any other completely trite tropes that annoy me with other books that include vampires. No, Bludman are bad ass, sure they drink blood but that is where it all ends, they can be made or born. Blud is a world of magic and machinery, Moulin Rouge and the Wild Wild West,
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Lexie
Oh me oh my. Darling readers its no secret how much I love Dawson's Blud books. I like seriously do. Dark, sensual, exciting and tempting each new story leaves me quite desperate to know more. Criminy owns my heart--like Tish I can't resist his...allure and charming madness, but I think Vale may be second in line.

This book takes us to Franchia (France) and more specifically to Paris...or at least the Blud World version of such. Demi convinces Criminy to let her and Cherie run off to find adventu
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Deniz
I got a bit of a dilemma here....I've had huge issues rating this. I would honestly like to say, this is just absolutely fabulous and that I'm totally smitten. But well I am not.
Well, this is good. Don't misunderstand me. But it's NOT wow! I am totally smitten and this is fabulous like the previous two were. Two reasons:
I had huge expectations, because let's face it Dawson has never disappointed including this time;
and I really really didn't like Demi.

Because I loved the previous books and nove
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Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
What can I say other than I am super sad to see this series come to an end. I've loved every minute I've spent in Sang, from the first confusing minute with Tish meeting Criminey, to traveling the world with Casper, to bringing it all to a close with Demi in Paris. *takes a moment of silence to mourn the loss of an amazing world*

Demi and her best friend Cherie encounter some trouble on their way to Paris and Cherie gets taken. Demi's only hope to find her is to trust Vale, and to go on with her
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Cheryl
Before Demi met Criminy, she was just a normal "human" college student. That all changed six years ago. Criminy to save Demi's life, turned her into a blud. Demi has grown bored as a performer in Criminy's Clockwork Caravan. Criminy agrees to let Demi leave the caravan along with her friend, Cherie. Things don't go as planned when Cherie is kidnapped. Demi is lost in a new world and her friend has gone missing. There is one bright spot in Demi's world. His name is Vale Hildebrand. Vale agrees to ...more
Margaret
After six years in Criminy's Clockwork Caravan, American-college-student-turned-vampire-contortionist Demi Ward longs for the glamour of Paris's cabarets. She just has to convince her best friend Cherie to leave the safety of the caravan and join her. As a compromise, the girls agree to travel to Ruin, Franchia (their version of France) and attend the university. Demi and Cherie set off on the road to Ruin with their daimon guardian, whom Demi plans to ditch as soon as possible so they can head ...more
Stephanie
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WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT is Oh La La!

Disclosure: Provided by Publisher for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions expressed herein are my own unless otherwise noted.
I do know the author and am acknowledged in the author’s notes for the book for some beta reading I did. This does not affect my opinion, really.

The only word needed to describe WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT, Delilah S.
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Marlene
Originally published at The Book Pushers

There is something incredibly captivating about Delilah S. Dawson’s alternate world of Sang. I eagerly lap up each new installment as it is released, and Wicked After Midnight was no exception.

Sang certainly casts a spell. Part of what makes it so fascinating is that it is accessible from our world, but only if you are stupid or unlucky. Sang is the place where dreamers and coma-victims often come to a quick and sticky end. Those who survive have the oppor
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Melanie Marsh


There aren’t enough stars for this one! I think it may be my favorite so far. Wicked After Midnight is a tantalizing view into the hidden world behind the curtain of the cabaret. Delilah S. Dawson has an amazing ability to create different worlds within her world of Sang. Each adventure is completely unique and as amazing as the last. Every story Dawson has written that takes place in Sang takes the reader on a journey through her world that seems almost, but not quite familiar.

In Wicked After
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Sandy
I thought that the heroine of this book was the most infuriatingly, selfish, individual on the planet. That being said, the book is great. I really liked the story and each book in this world is rather clever in its presentation. I liked the newest group of characters, but similar to the 1st book, I would have liked a little more texture to our hero. I really liked Vale, and yearned to see more facets of him, and just a tad less of our self absorbed heroine. As before, I think this is just nuanc ...more
Under the Covers Book Blog

Sometimes, a reader just needs to trust an author. I was a little upset when I found out this wasn't a Criminy book, but I was excited to go back to Sang and seemed like a glimpse of caravan life again. I shouldn't have worried. If there is one thing I know with certainty right before I crack open a Blud book, is that it'll take me on a wild ride, stimulate my imagination and make me want to transport into Sang myself. WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT delivers that and more!

Demi is not the conventional he

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Ardith
3.75

There's just something about this parallel world of steampunk vampires, demons, and human that is so very compelling. Half of it is trying to figure out what cultural touchpoint that the author is alluding to (before she reveals it).

The novels in this series all center around people from our universe who find themselves somehow transported to the world of Blud and Sang. Vampires are bludmen who live a long time, indeed, but are reviled in the land of Sangland (which is equivalent to England)
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Talk Supe
Talk Supe review




WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT ended the Blud series remarkably. Although part of me wished that it was Tish and Ciminy who'd send us on our way, I'm still happy that DSDawson ended things on such a high note. I love the amalgam of magic, wickedness, romance and technology and how it fired up my imagination. The series as a whole remained very romantic not just on the emotional side of things but the imagined world of Blud as a whole. The fantasy part wasn't too hifalutin and the paranor
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Jessica (a GREAT read)
Delilah S. Dawon's Wicked After Midnight is, sadly, the last novel of the Blud series. Unless something changes to fix that! I've enjoyed the Land of Sang very much. It's a unique world and yet, it's not too different from ours, except for the bludbunnies of course!

Demi, is a Blud or vampire as we know them. She was once human but it was Criminy who turned her and introduced her to Land of Sang. But soon Demi grows tired of the caravan life and wants to leave. So she decides to leave and find he
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Cassandra Page
Wicked After Midnight is the third and final book in the Blud series, a set of three steampunk fantasy romance novels set in the same world but with each following a different pair of main characters. You could pick up any of the three and read it without having read the other two, and you'd be fine.

I love this series. Love love love. The world, a sort of medieval parallel to modern day Earth, is rich and dark and has clockworks and magic in equal measure. Plus Dawson's love interests in each bo
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Ming Haugen
I wish I could give this a better rating but Demi was just a PITA w/o much else going for her. Didn't like her, didn't find her interesting, she was a whiny bitch basically.
DemetraP
Terrible book. Very stupid heroine. She gets her best friend into a terrible situation. Horrible things happen to her friend and she doesn't even apologize.

I hated the heroine. I didn't feel any romance in there at all. The heroine thought, "I want to be a star! I'll do anything to be a star!"

Well she did everything. She ruined her friend's dreams because she was selfish. "You don't want to go to college. You want to run off with me and work at a theater!"

Do not read this book. I do recommend
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Mariachiara
Il primo libro di questa serie è stato fantastico. Il secondo meno, questo terzo, lo reputo un poco meglio del secondo, ma.....non so, sarà che Demi è un personaggio non proprio amabile, o saranno le tante, troppe similitudini col film Moulin Rouge....fatto sta che non mi è piaciuto tantissimo. Si l'ho letto e non è stato malaccio, ma...non è all'altezza del primo. Era tuto un po' troppo prevedibile. La parte migliore? Quando Demi viene spinta giù dall'impalcatura del palco e si spiaccica al suo ...more
April Loebick
Wicked after Midnight is the final chapter in Delilah S. Dawson’s Blud novels, which is really a disappointing statement as the Blud novels have become some of my favorite paranormal romances. This is also where I should say that I do know Delilah, but that does not totally influence my reviews, at least I don’t think it does… Anyway, the books are super-awesome and Delilah herself is super-DUPER-awesome.

Now back to your regularly scheduled review.

After playing a background character through the
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Paranormal Romance
Dreaming of being a big star and unhappy with a life as a circus performer, the heroine leaves for the city much against the wishes of her adopted family. She and her best friend go on their adventure and their future looks bright. One the way her bus is set upon by slavers and she barely escapes with her life but all her money is gone and she’s lost and alone in a big world after her friend is kidnapped. Then she meets the hero. He finds her intriguing and becomes a guardian of sorts. He helps ...more
Jax
I love the world Dawson created! And overall, W.A.M was okay, but it definitely fell far from Wicked As The Come!

There were a few too many small discrepancies which bugged me throughout, plot points that seemed contrived, and of course the dreaded predictability - also I found I had zero sympathy for the protagonist - who, for me, came across as a spoiled, self-centered brat.

Which is why I cannot bring myself to give the book more than 3 stars.

Demi is bored, she wants a life of adventure, she wa
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Deb
I have been a fan of the Blud series even BEFORE reading the first book, Wicked As They Come. I was hooked when I saw the cover and read the blurb. Sometimes when that happens, I am disappointed when I actually read the books in a series, but I am being totally honest when I say these books exceeded my expectations. That is rare, and appreciated.

I adore the world of Sang, even though it is not necessarily a wonderful place. BUT I have fallen in love with several of the characters in the series.
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Victoria
Joint review with Karina:

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Karina:
I don't know about you, Vika, but what attracted me the most to this book was it's Moulin-Rouge, bright burlesque atmosphere. This is why reading it was such sheer pleasure.

The difference between Moilin Rouge and this book is that Demi is not a helpless female and no-one's victim. When she comes to Paris, she has two goals: to become a star and to find her kidnapped best friend, Cherie; and her Bludman status is a huge advantage and a great weapon against those
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Kara-karina
Joint review with Victoria

Karina:
I don't know about you, Vika, but what attracted me the most to this book was it's Moulin-Rouge, bright burlesque atmosphere. This is why reading it was such sheer pleasure.

The difference between Moilin Rouge and this book is that Demi is not a helpless female and no-one's victim. When she comes to Paris, she has two goals: to become a star and to find her kidnapped best friend, Cherie; and her Bludman status is a huge advantage and a great weapon against those
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FV Angela
Review originally posted at http://fictionvixen.com/review-wicked...

Wicked After Midnight just proves that you never quite know what you’re going to get when you open another installment in the Blud series and journey back into the world of Sang. So far we’ve been introduced to Criminy Stain’s caravan and met his carnivalleos, traveled long distances on land and aboard airships to get a princess back home and now Ms. Dawson introduces her readers to her version of France and the Moulin Rouge.

Dem
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Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 stars



Sometimes, a reader just needs to trust an author. I was a little upset when I found out this wasn’t a Criminy book, but I was excited to go back to Sang and seemed like a glimpse of caravan life again. I shouldn’t have worried. If there is one thing I know with certainty right before I crack open a Blud book, is that it’ll take me on a wild ride, stimulate my imagination and make me want to transport into Sang myself. WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT delivers that and more!

Demi is not the conven
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Brei-ayn
Bludmen,daimons, and a smoking hot highwayman. Oh My!!! Demi thinks life is boring. Instead of going to Ruin like Criminy decided she goes to paris and joins a cabaret but things go wrong and has to search for her friend Cherie with the help of Vale. While being famous cabaret dancer, the danger and romance with Vale. Will she be in time to find Cherie and find happiness with Vale? You will have to read to find all of that out. But i will say it a awesome book and i love it very much. Plus Delil ...more
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Delilah S. Dawson writes whimsical and dark Fantasy for adults and teens. Her Blud series for Pocket includes Wicked as They Come, Wicked After Midnight, and Wicked as She Wants, winner of the RT Book Reviews Steampunk Book of the Year and May Seal of Excellence for 2013. Her YA debut, Servants of the Storm, is a Southern Gothic Horror set in Savannah, GA, and HIT is about teen assassins in a bank ...more
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