Late Night Listening (Wicked Game – A Book Review)

Wicked Game (WVMP #1)
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Published: 2008

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Late night radio you can sink your teeth into!

Ciara Griffin is no longer doing cons. She’s done with that life. Now she is living a straight life as a part-time student as a Business major and now as an intern at WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ‘n’ Roll, a radio station. The late-night shows feature music from 1940s blues all the way up through the whatever 90s. No cookie cutter bull-hockey here. All authentic all the time. Really authentic, like the DJs that run the shows that feature each musical era as if they actually lived during those times, which makes sense because they did live during those times. They’re vampires.

So, what does Ciara do? She pulls the perfect con to save the station, the DJs, and her new job. This one she really pulls out of her butt. The radio station’s ratings goes up and it becomes the hottest thing around when she puts the vampire DJs out front for everybody to see, which includes the broody, grunge vamp, Shane McAllister, her current complicated affair. Put the truth in plain sight. And it works! But some vampires aren’t enjoying being brought into the light and it puts everybody in danger. Ciara is forced to take the con to further than ever before, otherwise


This was wild and edgy! Ciara is spunky and a livewire! The young woman is smart and she doesn’t do anything she doesn’t want to, and she certainly doesn’t live by life’s ordinary rules. Though, her dark past does haunt her. It makes her a perfect fit with this rag-tag, after dark radio station. While she is tough, she also has to be cautious now that she works with people who can drain her or rip her apart. Make’s the job less boring though, right?


Warning! This is not your typical Twilght tale!

I’m a lover of music. I loved that all of the DJs:

  • Monroe
  • Regina
  • Noah
  • Spencer
  • Jim
  • Shane

They have their own era that they’re stuck in. And I do mean stuck. When they were turned they were frozen in the time they died. They never moved forward in time and therefore become more lost, fading away, as the times change. Each DJ shares their time through music and it keeps them connected to the world as well as their era. Each DJ carried the emotion of their music and THAT really carried the tone, making them each incredibly independent. I really loved it.

Tid Bit: Another funny about vampires in this book? They’re crazy OCD! I get major giggles about it.

At the beginning of the book there is a playlist and let me tell you, I love getting to listen to new music. I think that an author’s playlist really gives an interesting look at the author. It’s super cool! Rachel Caine also does a playlist with Morganville Vampires, another series about vampires, and personally one of my BIG FAVORITES. Playlists like this is what inspired to go ahead do a song at the end of each book review!


This is a fun little read to kick back with. It’s fast, plenty sarcastic with a side of blood (and yes, sex too). I can’t say it seriously stirs up feelings, but it does rev you up a bit with good music. It’s stress-free, too, if that makes sense. Sometimes books are super intense and really pull you in to the brink of emotional turmoil. It can put the hurt on your heart and I was glad to be along for a ride that wasn’t hurting my heart this time. Sometimes you just need good ol’ fashioned fun and nothing else. This was that and then some. *insert smirk*



“I’m a morning person and a night person. So I have to be a nap person, or else I’m a tired person.” (Ciara to Shane, p. 43)

“I am not prey.” (Ciara, p. 50)

“Work: the all-American cure for heartache.” (Ciara, p.148)

“Something can’t just turn into nothing. Can’t. Happen. But it just did.” (Ciara, p. 248)


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Supernatural Hands On Learning (Shadow Falls: Reborn – A Book Review)

Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1)
Author: C.C. Hunter
Published: 2014

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Vampires, chameleons, and witches, oh my! With a side of ghosts.

Della Tsang. Spunky. Flighty. And, a badass vampire.  At Shadow Falls, a private school for the supernaturally impaired, she learns how to control her powers. Though you’re not really impaired if you have kick-ass powers, are you? Didn’t think so.

Della and newcomer, Chase, come across two dead bodies in Shadow Falls. Della’s determined to find out who and what killed these innocent people and she’ll break all the rules to do it. This isn’t the only problem on Della’s plate however. Her cousin Chan is missing, her Dad has a twin that he’s never talked about, and her romantic life has taken a downward nosedive. With everything stressing her out, she’s also being haunted.

Della struggles to achieve her dreams and find some normalcy, but it just isn’t happening. In her gut, something dreadful is on the horizon and her life is on the line.

Della Tsang is spunky and driven and FULL of sass. I mean to the brim, bookworms. She is all work and barely any play as she works to solve several mysteries that are circling around her. She’s not alone. With her two best friends, two camp counselors, and an on-again-off-again shapeshifter with a deep, sexy southern drawl, Della is going to find out what is going on with all of the crazy in Shadow Falls. That’s not to say she won’t stir up a little trouble of her own along the way, of course.


One of the elements of the book that really drew my attention was the the Supernaturals. Supernatural rules go out the window here. The traditional rules we all know and live by like the three laws of physics are tossed out the window. For example:

  • Vampires can go out in the sunlight.
  • Vampires have a heartbeat.
  • Vampires can fly (which, okay, is one of the oldest tricks that an original vampire can do, but it was strange to see).

These are only a couple of the different traits that caught me off guard, and this is only with vampires. Vampirism is considered a virus in this world and is called V1. There are shapeshifters, chameleons, fae, and so many more races of supernatural in the book. It’s really different than what I know and that’s not a bad thing. It’s just tricky to understand and treat like it’s common knowledge. Kudos to Hunter for being incredibly unique and diverse!  She did phenomenal with being sure to detail each supernatural’s powers.


Hunter did an amazing job in juggling multiple plots, too. There’s more than one thing happening for Della in this book, so the focus splits up quite a bit, but it’s so well done. Never once was I confused when one issue transitioned to a completely different one. Each time it was smooth and done with ease, like nacho cheese.

Just like there were so many different things happening from a haunting to solving the death of two humans, there were several characters involved. Kylie (chameleon) and Miranda (witch) are Della’s best friends and then there’s Steve, the hot shapeshifter and Chase the new vamp on campus. I may have mentioned this a little already. There are many others. I haven’t seen this many characters in a book in a long time. Della’s surrounded by so much family and people that care about her. Granted, she’s pigheaded, stubborn, and feisty as all hell, but she’s caring, loving, and determined to get her dreams to come true. Very similar to Damon Salvator of The Vampire Diaries if I’m being honest. I can relate to these qualities a tad. It’s why I got such a good laugh throughout the story. Some of her worries were so ordinary and relatable. I will say this on a side-note, Della had times when she acted like a petulant little child and I wanted to smack her silly for it.


Shadow Falls was beautiful. Very misty and green and lush. The grounds of the school were very open. This private school isn’t set up like normal ones. Students get their own cabins. The cafeteria is separate from the main school building, or so I guess. The main school building is its own operation. Everything is so very open. I really liked it. It gives a sense of freedom to these students.

There were times that certain topics were drilled into the ground to the point of no return. Not good. There is a limit to how much a topic should get drilled in. It was run over and over to the point of aggravation for me. Della would go word for word with her arguments and thoughts as if it was the only thing she could think up, which sucks. She seems pretty smart. And, the word, chauvinist, is her favorite word. I figure it out pretty quick when she said it about ten different times….

I skimmed over such strong and repetitive parts because they were the same nearly every time.  Not one bit was reflective or even changed up.

More so, I wasn’t very surprised very much by the events that unfolded. The build-up was great, but they fell flat because of how much they were drawn out. I was just left with a feeling of meh.

Would I recommend this? It’s not a terrible book. It’s fun and fast paced. Della is a quick-witted girl and strong to handle everything that gets thrown her way. However, this wasn’t very memorable. It’s book 1 in a series and I don’t know if I want to read the other ones.


“I don’t fit in here. But I didn’t fit in at home, either.” (Jenny to Della, p. 71)

You have to counter the bad with the good. If not, you’ll get lost in the evilness of it all. It can darken your soul and you’ll lose all joy in life.” (Holiday to Della, p. 102)

“Boobs, smiles, and ghosts…” (Della, p. 110)

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The Blood is The Life (Dracula – A Book Review)

Author: Bram Stoker
Published: 1897


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“I read that every known every known superstition in the world is gathered into the horseshoe of the Carpathians, as if it were the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool; if so my stay may be very interesting.” (Johnathan Harker)

What begins as a business trip for Johnathan Harker in Transylvania turns into a horrifying stay. Meeting with the Count Dracula, he is mystified and grows increasingly nervous the longer his stay in the large estate. He discovers the Dark secret of the Count being a vampire and seeks, more than ever, an escape.

Johnathan’s return home to his darling, Mina Murray, is troublesome. The Count has followed him, leaving a trail of blood, despair, and un-death. The professor, Van Helsing, comes to the aid of the couple as well as his friend, Dr. Seward, Austin Godalming, and Lucy Westenra who also begin suffering at the hand of the Count Dracula. Desperate, the professor goes to superstitious lengths to protect all of those the Count has in his cold, deathly clutches.


A gothic masterpiece, Dracula, truly works the horror genre with style. I can’t say that I’m terrified after reading the book, but completely fascinated. This is, in part, where the story of vampires began. Their fiction. Their fame. And it’s completely delightful to get swept up by something that’s so abnormal. It’s completely out of this world to think of such creatures to be real, yet Stoker did a great job of doing that.


The writing style of this novel was magnificent. Each chapter follows segments of newspaper articles, letters, diary entries and more. There was no true POV. It was all done in fragments and in the order of occurrence. I found that to be very unique and intriguing. It brought me in deeper, closer, to what occurred. You get to explore the various characters of Johnathan, Mina, Lucy and even Dracula. There’s several more of whom have entries and major parts to play

The story itself had major depth. During the timeline, the characters’ entries don’t leave out a single tidbit whether in how they are feeling or what they see around them. At times it was a bit repetitive feeling, but in keeping with the characters it was still really nice. When it came to the blood and death, Stoker was very light on it. When people were killed, it was masked in disappearances or beauty, which is odd since death is usually neither. I am that person who hopes for a little gore with my horror. That just seemed to be lacking a bit here, but then again, this was the 1800s, so it’s understandable. Don’t want to scare readers to death.

Personally, and on a bit of a spoilery note if you’ve never read Dracula, Dracula is a skank. Then again if you’ve paid attention to the films you know this already. The man…vampire…vampire-man has three wives. And then, he comes in and seduces Miss Lucy Westenra, who is already engaged to be married, until he can get the attention of Mina Murray, sweeping her up with his irresistible charms. He just can’t get no (say it with me) satisfaction, apparently. Even though this is the second time I’ve read Dracula, I still get into a giggle fit over the ridiculousness of it. It’s funny to me.


Would I recommend this book? YES! While I find my own personal giggles in the book, it is a fantastic horror. I love what a beautiful piece of literature this is. It certainly explores the darker side of it. So yes, I think everyone should give this a read at least…along with some H.P. Lovecraft, which I have on the side waiting for me. Plus, if you can handle Twilight, you can handle the Count.



“It is the eve of St. George’s Day. Do you not know that to-night, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will have full sway? Do you know where you are going, and what you are going to?” (Old Lady to Johnathan Harker, p. 9)

“Denn die Todien reiten schnell—(For the dead travel fast)” (travelling companion, p. 15)

“I began to fear as I wrote in this book that I was getting too diffuse; but now I am glad that I went into detail from the first, for there is something so strange about this place and all in it that I cannot but feel uneasy.” (Johnathan Harker, p. 31)

“I am here to do Your bidding, Master. I am Your slave, and You will reward me, for I shall be faithful.” (Renfield, p. 116)


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Dead Hot & Turning to Dust? (Accidentally Dead, Again – A Book Review)

Accidentally Dead, Again
Author: Dakota Cassidy
Published: 2012

Accidentally Dead, Again

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Nina gets more than she bargains for when Sam is dropped on the doorstep of the Out in the Open Paranormal Support (OOPS) office unable to remember very much about how he was turned into a vampire. Enter Phoebe Reynolds, a young woman who claims to be Nina’s sister. She’s turned into a vampire in the midst of a fight between her and her new sister. Trying to process, or rather, not process it, Nina and her friends have to figure out how to help the two newest vampires after discovering that vampires are being experimented on and then turning to dust. They’ll all have to get to the bottom of it before both Sam and Phoebe disappear.


Every once in a while I’ll jump into the middle of a series. It mostly happens when I find the book in the wild—on a bargain shelf or dollar rack. That’s how it happened here.  I have started in the middle of a lot of series and loved them! And for being only $1.00 this book was fun.

This is basically a supernatural soap opera. The drama is like a prairie fire from the very start and it blazed hotter and hotter until the very end with romance that was red hot and fast paced with no holding back. Every once in a while you just need those steamy, muscle tensing parts. No shame from me, bookworms. It was pretty yummy.

The language was fun and extremely laid back. If you’re not into a lot of cursing from your characters then steer clear, but I didn’t have any issues with that. There was an abundance of puns, cliches, and sarcasm. All it of was both great and not so great. I can’t handle so many cliches, even if they are well placed. I feel like their something to use only in dabbles, not five a page. The punniness and sarcasm kept me hanging on. Sarcasm is my first language, English came second. Ask my mother. So while there was one thing that itched me, the overall language was fun and consistent.

Now, while this book was whipping me back and forth with the plot twists, the story didn’t get me entirely engulfed. Each over dramatic twist felt forced, like they were pulled out of nowhere. That made it difficult to get attached to the characters and the story, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t have any favorites. I actually loved Nina. She’s a bipolar firecracker with no tolerance for stupidity. Reminds me of myself a little.


More so, there was so much that didn’t need to be dragged out as much as it was. While I understood the main points getting drawn out, the repetition of small bits like vampire sleep, was something that grated me. It was pointed out too much. However, I loved seeing everything about being vampires as brand new through Sam and Phoebe’s eyes and how they were struggling with the adjustment, showing that not everyone can just skip to bloodsucking like it’s pie.

This isn’t one I think I’ll tackle again. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. I enjoy paranormal novels to no end, but I feel like there just wasn’t enough to keep me captivated.  However, if you love the quick and steamy and nonstop drama, definitely pick up this book along with the rest of the series.



“What the fuck is next with you two? Invisibility? I don’t get it. You can jam your ass in a wall, dude. She can teleport and see her reflection. Swear to Christ, if you two can eat, even one bite, I’ll stake you myself.” (Nina, p. 92)

“We’re vampires, Sam. Sweet baby J, vampires really exist. They really drink blood. They really live forever. They have friends that are werewolves and demons.” (Phoebe to Sam, p. 177)

“Girls, I’m going to say this once. Keep it clean. And if you want to pummel each other like nothing more than common thugs—I will hit you with my shoe. Hard. Often. With so much glee.” (Wanda to Nina and Phoebe, p. 268)


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P.S. Song today? All I Have by Jennifer Lopez.

From Mystic Falls to Night World (Night World No. 1 – A Book Review)

Night World No. 1
Author: L.J. Smith
Published: 2008 (for the version I read)

Night World

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This book includes the first three books of the series: Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness, and Spellbinder.

“None of the Night People could fall in love with a human. The sentence for breaking the law was death.” (James, p. 33)

From the author of The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle, comes a series about the laws of the Supernatural: The Night World. It is forbidden for Night People to fall in love with a human, unthinkable, but when it’s your soulmate, you don’t have a choice. Follow James, Ash, and Thea was they are drawn to their soulmates like magnets. With trouble lurking in the dark, they go to extreme measures to protect, even breaking the most sacred of laws—telling humans about Night World.

Secret Vampire: Terminally ill, Poppy discovers her closest friend, James is in love with and more than that, he’s a vampire. He’ll go to extreme lengths to make her well, even break the laws of Night World.

Daughters of Darkness: Three new girls come to town to live with their grandmother, but when she ends up dead and Mary-Lynnette and her brother Mark discover they’re vampires. To make matter more complicated, their brother, Ash, shows up and instantly falls in love with Mary-Lynnette.

Spellbinder: Thea and Blaise, sisters, witches, have a crush on the same guy, Eric. Blaise is dangerous and her history with boys ends with stalkerish obsession because of the spells she uses on them. Feeling such a strong connection to Eric, Thea threatens to use her own magic on him to protect him from her. She didn’t expect to fall in love with him though. Who will win in this game of magic?

Night World

This series was originally published 1996-1998 with the final installment coming out back in 2012. This isn’t the first series to be re-released but L.J. Smith. The Vampire Diaries had also been re-released with additional books added on to the series.

The first installment of the Night World series is tender and gives a strong sense of life or death in every detail, showing how important it is that Night World remains in secret. This was a very easy read. The characters carry themselves with such distinct individuality, and I really enjoyed reading from each character’s POV. The level of emotion and drama was taken up to an eleven, making it seem like some of the reactions by the characters are over-done.

There are some points that seem vague, but I could easily fill those parts in with my own imagination. Plus, all of these short novels come together as a connected storyline.

This is definitely a series I recommend for those who are looking for their supernatural and romance fix. L.J. Smith does a lovely job of keeping up with the originality of the supernatural as well as bringing in some new details to it. The idea of a whole world completely unknown is a chilling, haunting dream brought to life and I want to be a part of it. I will certainly be looking for the remaining books to the series.

On a side note, I have to wonder if Night World will eventually make its TV debut like Secret Circle and The Vampire Diaries. I’m curious about who’d make up the cast. Thoughts?

Damon Salvatore



“You don’t love a girl because of beauty. You love her because she sings a song only you can understand…With the thought came a strong feeling of protectiveness.” (James, p. 68)

“When you’re soulmates, it hits you like lightning, and you know that’s the one person in the world you were meant to be with. You don’t think you’re soulmates; you just know it’s you destiny whether you like it or not.” (Kestrel, p. 362)

“Even when we’re apart, we’ll be looking at the same sky!” (Ash to Mary-Lynnette, p. 485)

“Maybe the old powers were waking and new times were coming. Maybe the world was about to change. Only one thing was sure. There were infinite possibilities.” (Thea, p. 729)


And I’ll leave this last adorable gif of the Salvatore brothers from The Vampire Diaries; books written by L.J. Smith.


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P.S. Song today? Dangerous Type by Letters to Cleo.

The Classic Hybrid

Classic Literature is a staple in every bookworm’s life. While they tell a beautiful story of either love, tragedy, loss of sanity or death (or all of the above), they also show underlying themes that relate to the real world—the wish to turn back time, the destruction through paranoia, and the obliteration of families. And, let’s not forget, self-discovery. That’s a big one.

And now, there are versions of classics that have been morphed into something brand new (well not totally new, but you understand what I’m getting at) by including the infamous supernatural genre, creating a hybrid of sorts. I believe that the addition of zombies or vampires in a classic piece doesn’t entirely destroy the book, but instead tries introducing and involving new generations that are infatuated with the supernatural genre to them.

This new hybrid isn’t just for introducing future bookworms to classic literature though. Nope. Having read both The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim, I can say that there’s also a joy in having more fun to a classic novel, which is the primary reason I’m writing this entry (I enjoy werewolves, ghosts, witches and vampires, remember?). These types of books are fantastic for hooking a classic reader or a supernatural reader.

Down below are a list of ten classic books that while still spin the beautiful yet tragic stories of beloved classics they also give a dose of something wicked:



Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Author: Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith

Based off of the Jane Austen novel, the Bennet sisters have more to be concerned about than just experiencing the pressure of marriage, love, and going to balls. Zombies are afoot and these women take to the battlefield of the undead. A film came out based on the novel in 2016.


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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim

Author: Mark Twain, W. Bill Czolgosz

A strange, mutant type of tuberculosis comes to nineteenth century America and it’s bringing its victims back to life. Huck Finn and his best, undead friend, Jim, go on the run when his abusive father comes home. Then, the virus mutates again…


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Android Karenina

Author: Leo Tolstoy, Ben H. Winters

Taking place in a dystopian society, this tale of true love and jealousy, is surrounded by AI in a steampunk world. Anna Karenina, Alexei Vronsky, Konstantin Levin and Kitty Shcherbatskaya try to find love as their high tech, high society lifestyle is threatened. Can they salvage it?


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Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

Author: Jane Austen, Ben H. Winters

You’re not going to find mermaids in here. If that’s what you’re seeking in this twisted classic novel then turn back. There are however octopi, giant lobsters and even two headed serpents among this retelling of the Dashwood sisters’ journey to find true love.


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The Meowmorphasis,

Author: Franz Kafka, Coleridge Cook

Why morph into a startling, crunchy beetle when you can morph into a cute, fluffy kitten? That’s exactly what happened to Gregor Samsa one day when he wakes up late for work.


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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

Author: Ian Doescher

It’s Star Wars. That automatically makes it a classic, not to mention it’s Shakespeare rendition. Doesn’t that make it a double classic?


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Jane Slayre

Author: Charlotte Bronte, Sherri Browning Erwin

Enter Jane Slayre, a demon-slaying orphan. Enter Mr. Rochester, the master of the estate that she suddenly inherits. Both have a few secrets, including being raised by vampyre and a werewolf in the attic, but their love isn’t one of them. Will they get their happy ending?


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Grave Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens, Sherri Erwin

Blooming, wolfy, Pip fights alongside zombies in this classic twist, until suddenly he is mysteriously shipped off to a school for the best werewolves and away from his beloved Estella which may be a good thing because she has a couple secrets of her own.


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The Vampire Count of Monte Cristo

Author: Alexandre Dumas, Mathew Baugh

This story twists and turns as Edmond Dantes is falsely imprisoned and taken away from his fiancée, the lovely Mercedes. While imprisoned, Edmond makes a dark pact with dark magic be set free? The pact? He died and came back a vampire.


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Little Vampire Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott, Lynn Massina

The March sisters are dealing with a lot more than just sisterly squabbling in this book. They’re also avoiding hunters that threaten their immortal existence.

These can be found at, Quirk Book and Barnes and Noble

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P.S. One day, I hope that one comes out about Moby Dick, the demonically possessed whale.