Title: Bad to the Bone (WVMP Radio #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: May 16, 2009
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One Line: A nice and fun sequel, but the series is still just okay for me so far.
About the Book: TURN ON. TUNE IN. DROP DEAD.Welcome to WVMP, “The Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll,” where conartist-turned-station-owner Ciara Griffin manages an on-air staffof off-the-wall DJs—including new boyfriend Shane McAllister—who really sink their teeth into the music of their “Life Time” (the era in which they became vampires). Ciara keeps the undead rocking, the ratings rolling, and the fan base alive—without missing a beat.
For Halloween, WVMP is throwing a bash. With cool tunes, hot costumes, killer cocktails—what could go wrong? To start, a religious firebrand ranting against the evils of the occult preempts the station’s midnight broadcast. Then, when Ciara tracks down the transmission, the broadcast tower is guarded by what appears to be . . . a canine vampire? Behind it all is a groupof self-righteous radicals who think vampires suck (and are willing to stake their lives on it). Ciara must protect the station while struggling with her own complicated relationship, her bestfriend’s 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. . . .
Bad to the Bone pretty much picks up right where Wicked Game leaves off. I like how it starts off with a pretty eventful party and although it cools off for awhile, the ending was intense and entertaining. So far, I’d say I’m content with this series. There’s enough to keep me reading, but it’s not over-the-top fantastic where I can’t stop reading it. Music is still a big theme in this book, but I felt like everything was played down and there was more descriptions and less action. There wasn’t much that happens in the middle of the book, which kind of deterred me, but I held on until the end and that was worth it because it was a great scene.
I liked learning more about Shane in this book. Ciara learns some very important details about his past, meets his family, and gets to know him more as a vampire. There weren’t as many intimate scenes or just romantic scenes in general between the two, but Jeri does scatter them around enough and they do take a few big steps in their relationship by the time the book ends. I like how their relationship is progressing and Shane is really growing on me.
Probably what I didn’t really care for what the vampire dog. Yes, he was cool and all, but I didn’t really see his significance. I thought his part would be a bigger plot point in this book, when it was really just a detail that fed into the real plot. Even though there was a point, I felt like it was unnecessary and frivolous. I liked the whole Lori and Travis thing though and David is slowly becoming a more interesting character. Once again, I feel like this series is very much character-driven, as there’s not much in the way of action that happens.
Bad to the Bone is a good sequel to a very unique vampire story line. I’m interested in seeing where Jeri is going with all this, when and if the vampires will be exposed for who they really are, and whether or not Shane and Ciara can make it work.