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Wicked Game

(WVMP Radio #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  3,204 ratings  ·  360 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
Paperback, 361 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Pocket Books
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Carolyn Crane
Nov 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Steph Su
Oct 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Blodeuedd Finland
Dec 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Jul 24, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Heather C (Darkly Reading)
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-firsts
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 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
My string of less than satisfying books continues. This was an okay story but it was just that...okay. It's an urban fantasy story that is totally lacking in any badassery whatsoever. It's a story that revolves mainly around a group of radio station employees (mostly vampires) trying to avoid a corporate takeover. Oh, and there's a lukewarm romance brewing on the side. Frankly, neither has enough meat to sustain a book that comes close to hitting the 400 page mark.
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
DNF at 50ish percent. Premise was ridiculous and plot was just kind of plodding along.
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I have had this urban fantasy series to read for some time. There are four books in this series. It ended up being an okay vampire urban fantasy read. There are some interesting aspects to the vampires in this book that are new and interesting. I thought the characters were okay but not great. Additionally the plot was a mystery of sorts and again was okay but not great.

Ciara is an ex-con artist trying to stay on the straight and narrow. She ends up taking a job as a marketing intern at the WMMP
Jan 27, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Mar 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 10, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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
Feb 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Wicked Game was truly a wicked first book in WVMP Radio series. The storyline began in the middle of action and pulled me fast in to Ciara Griffin life. Ciara is interesting young woman, with many hidden talents, which aren't legal. I found her fresh, realistic and positive. The main storyline developed fast and was interesting till the end.
I'm definitely looking forward for more!!
Amethyst Shadow
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampires
WVMP radio where the DJs are vampires. Great gimmick. Or is it? This is a great book. I'm going to ILL the second one tomorrow while I'm at work. I'm absolutely thrilled that there are 4 books in this series.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Re-read for 2018 "If All Kent County Read the Same Book"
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn’t bad. I really liked all the music references. I thought that the male lead was pretty fabulous. The developing relationship between the two main characters was also pretty great with an extremely sweet first date.

The plot was ok. I didn’t think it was as exciting as some, and I’m not quite sold on the logistics of it all. My one big specific complaint was that Ciara the female lead has a background as a con artist and I didn’t think there was enough detail about that. It was mostly
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Vampire fans, Paranmornal Romance fans, EVERYONE
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
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
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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
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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
Lori Whitwam
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Sandy Williams
Jun 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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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...)

Other books in the series

WVMP Radio (4 books)
  • Bad to the Bone (WVMP Radio, #2)
  • Bring on the Night (WVMP Radio, #3)
  • Lust for Life (WVMP Radio, #4)
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