Thursday, November 24, 2011

Bad to the Bone by Jeri Smith-Ready

Genre:  Urban Fantasy
WVMP Radio Series, Book 2

Description (taken from Jeri Smith-Ready's website):
Turn On. Tune In. Drop Dead.

If you’re just joining us, welcome to radio station WVMP, “The Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll.” Con-artist-turned-station-owner Ciara Griffin manages an on-air staff of off-the-wall DJs—including her new boyfriend Shane McAllister—who really sink their teeth into the music of their ‘Life Time” (the era in which they became vampires). It’s Ciara’s job to keep the undead rocking, the ratings rolling, and the fan base alive—without missing a beat.

For Halloween, WVMP is throwing a bash sure to raise the dead. They’ve got cool tunes, hot costumes, killer cocktails—what could go wrong? Well, for starters, a religious firebrand ranting against the evils of the occult preempts the station’s midnight broadcast. Then, when Ciara tracks down the illegal transmission, the broadcast tower is guarded by what appears to be…a canine vampire? And behind it all is a group of self-righteous radicals who think vampires suck (and are willing to stake their lives on it).

Now Ciara must protect the station while struggling with her own murky relationship issues, her best friend’s unlikely 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.…

I enjoyed this book, and I'm enjoying the series.  It is centered around music, and the chapters are named after famous songs (it took me a very long time to figure out that little tidbit on my own - yes, I'm slow).  Jeri Smith-Ready puts a nice spin on her vampires, and I enjoyed the plot.  But the main character's tendencies and behaviors still kind of bothers me.

After re-reading my thoughts on the first book, I have to say I have similar thoughts on this one.  The book is really good; it hits the climax perfectly and draws it to a good conclusion, but the story doesn't end.  Instead, you deal with another mini-climax and a new ending.  There isn't anything wrong with this, but it just didn't sit well with me while reading it.  That's the major complaint I have.

Will I continue the series?  Of course.  Is it the mention of 'vampires' that had me sold?  Always...

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