Monday, November 26, 2012

Let it Bleed by Jeri Smith-Ready

Genre:  Adult Urban Fantasy
WVMP Radio Series, Book 3.5

Description (taken from Jeri Smith-Ready's website):

Con artist-turned-radio-station-manager Ciara Griffin hopes to settle into a normal un-life as a fledgling vampire, with the help of her immortally hot fianc√©, grunge DJ Shane McAllister. But she has bigger problems than finding a sane blood donor and a new home for those boxes of mac ’n’ cheese. Ciara’s best friend mourns her like she’s dead instead of undead, and her own maker clearly wishes she’d never been born (again). Worst of all, the WVMP crew calls a Code Black: hippie vampire DJ Jim has murdered a pair of humans—humans who share Ciara’s true last name.

That’s when trouble rolls out the red carpet, straight into Ciara’s life. At Shane’s first live concert, Ciara finds herself face to face with her Irish Traveller cousins, a not-so-welcome family reunion that might hold the key to Ciara’s anti-holy blood. Jim’s spiral into madness makes Ciara an unwilling prize in his deadly feud with Shane. As Ciara clings to what’s left of her humanity, she’ll need her new vampire strength—and old con artist cunning—now more than ever.

The WVMP Radio series is one of those urban fantasy series involving vampires.  While it's not super popular (I haven't seen a whole lot of people besides me picking it up), it has one of the most peculiar and different takes on the vampire legend.  And I have to say this, I do not care for the main character, Ciara.  From her annoying name to the annoying things she does in the books that I would never do, I just don't care for her.  However, I love the other characters and the story.  And there's humor.  Also, the titles and chapters are named after various songs; it's super creative.  In other words, I think it speaks volumes if an author can keep you reading a series even though you don't care for the protagonist.

This book is a short story that progresses Ciara's story without giving us the grand finale.  While I don't want to go into too much detail, I will say Ciara struggles with  her life status change.  And it's not just her who has to adjust, her friends have to cope with losing the life of a loved one without really losing the loved one.  And we get to experience it with some humor and action mixed in.

While this novella definitely doesn't give you the satisfaction that a whole book would, I feel it prepares you for the next one.  I've definitely got my curiosity and excitement up for the final book which comes out in a week.


  1. I didn't even know J S-Ready wrote an adult book serie!! Awww! I will definitely check it out! Thanks for letting me know! :) :)

  2. Wow yeah I'd say 4 stars when you really don't care for a lead character is pretty amazing. I'd not heard of her before and love UF especially unique takes on worlds. I'll have to check it out this next year! Thanks for the heads up :)


    [I'm stopping by really quick from the Turning the Pages Christmas group. Wanted to see what everyone was up to while I worked on cards :) But I'll be back to poke around later!]

  3. Thanks for your thoughts. I haven't heard of this before so I appreciate the introduction. I'm not sure it is for me since I'm not a fan of short stories but I'll keep it in mind.

  4. I keep seeing this series all over the place and yet haven't gotten started on it yet. It sounds good.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

  5. Not sure if this one is for me or not. Thanks for your thoughts!


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