Title: Bring on the Night (WVMP Radio #3) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: July 27, 2010
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One Line: I actually enjoyed this one a lot more than the first two; a very fun and interesting read!
About the Book: WHAT’S BLOOD GOT TO DO WITH IT? Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin seems to finally have it all. A steady job at WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll. A loving relationship with the idiosyncratic but eternally hot DJ Shane McAllister. A vampire dog who never needs shots or a pooper-scooper. And after nine years, it looks as if she might actually finish her bachelor’s degree!
But fate has other plans for Ciara. First she must fulfill her Faustian bargain with the Control, the paranormal paramilitary agency that does its best to keep vampires in line. Turns out the Control wants her for something other than her (nonexistent) ability to kick undead ass. Her anti-holy blood, perhaps? Ciara’s suspicions are confirmed when she’s assigned to a special-ops division known as the Immanence Corps, run by the Control’s oldest vampire and filled with humans who claim to have special powers. To a confirmed skeptic like Ciara, it sounds like a freak fest. But when a mysterious fatal virus spreads through Sherwood—and corpses begin to rise from their graves—Ciara will not only get a crash course in zombie-killing, but will be forced to put her faith, and her life itself, in the hands of magic.
As I’m working my way through this series, I have to say that I’m really liking it a lot more. I found myself more interested and engrossed with Bring on the Night as I kept reading it. Maybe it was because the characters were more established or that the plot is pretty unique and entertaining, but this one definitely held my attention a lot longer than the first two did. I think it was because this book takes place a few years after the last one left off, a lot of things have changed and I think it was the confusion of not knowing and the shock of learning what has happened since then that got me engrossed in this one. Jeri continues to amaze me with her ability to create a fun and riveting story with equally intriguing characters. One thing I’m learning is that I can never know what to really expect from each book in this series. After reading the synopsis, I usually have a good picture in my head of how things will turn out, but Jeri flips it in a whole other direction and I really love how she surprises me.
Ciara is one character I am really growing to love. I always liked her from the beginning, but her life was still very much superficial in the previous books. Here, you see a whole other side to her, for obvious reasons you’ll see once you read the book, and I loved learning more about her character and seeing how she handles her situation with Shane and the growing threats that surround her life. She faces some pretty tough decisions in this book and a lot of things change, but I think Jeri handled it in a great way. I’m also really starting to like Shane more. You can see how much he really cares for Ciara and the lengths he’ll go to in order to make her happy and keep her safe, and vice versa.
As always, my favorite part of the story would have to be the slew of vampire DJs. They are all so lively and different, and they each get a good amount of time “in the spotlight”, which is great because I love it when an author can write a story with an ensemble cast, and do it well. I don’t know about you, but I think my favorite secondary character is Regina. She’s one of those caring, understanding characters who tries to hide it with a tough exterior and I liked that about her. She definitely steps it up for Ciara in this one and I liked how their relationship progresses. I also liked Jeri’s take on zombies, what brings them back to life, how they survive, etc. It was different, in a good way, and watching the whole “vampires vs. zombies” thing play out was pretty cool.
Overall, I definitely found myself becoming more of a fan of this series after reading this book. I don’t know if I just wasn’t paying enough attention in the previous books, but this one felt like a turning point for me, and things just clicked better and I got invested in the story and the characters a lot more than I did before. I really want to see how it all ends and exactly what kind of antics and craziness Ciara and the gang get into next. Bring on the Night is filled with hilarious dialogue, quite a few insane twists, and enough sexual tension to rile you all up. I really enjoyed this one and am so glad I’m sticking through this series.