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Wicked as They Come (A Blud Novel) Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2012
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The Blud series is available now and includes WICKED AS SHE WANTS, winner of the RT Book Reviews Steampunk Book of the Year and May Seal of Excellence for 2013. SERVANTS OF THE STORM debuts August 2014, and Kirkus called the Southern Gothic Horror YA "an engaging page-turner" and "a standout, atmospheric horror tale." April 2015 will see the launch of HIT, a YA pre-dystopia about teen assassins in a bank-owned America.
Delilah is a geek, a synesthete, an adventure junkie, a cake fiend, and a Twitterholic (@DelilahSDawson). You can keep up with her news at www.whimsydark.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Wicked as They Come is the first book in the Blud series by Delilah S. Dawson. The story follows Tish Everett, a nurse who recently got out of a caged and controlling relationship. One day while browsing at one of her former patient's estate sale, she stumbles upon an enchanted locket that transports her to the world of Sang, an alternate England. It is there in Sang that she meets Criminy Stain, a magician, leader of the caravan of cohorts and a bludman (a person that drinks blood, "vampire"). By wearing the locket, every time Tish closes her eyes to sleep in Sang; she wakes back up in her world, and vice versa. Times flies every time Tish is in Sang but she doesn't lose any time in her own world. As Tish begins to develop feelings for Criminy and the world of Sang she is left with a decision on whether to stay or go. Things get more complicated when the locket is stolen by the magistrate (The leader who makes the rules, bludman hater).Tish and Criminy races across Sang, not letting bludbunnies, ghosts, or anything get in their way till they get back the locket back.
When I first heard about Wicked as They Come, I knew I had to read it! Enchanted locket, a mysterious bludman, and an alternate steampunk Victorian London? Sign me up! The world building was very interesting and well developed, I can totally picture Sang and the little clockwork monkey that guards the caravan. There are two types of people that inhabit Sang, Pinkies (humans) and Bludmans (vampires). The book overall was executed well in terms of world-building and writing but I had a problem with connecting with Tish and Criminy. It was love at first sight for Criminy Stain but not for Tish. She of course didn't relay the same feelings right away because of the recent break-up.Read more ›
The hero, Criminy Stain (terrible name but I pretended the author was going for Crimson Stain aka blood) is awesome. He is a romantic and created a necklace with a magic spell to find the perfect woman for him and bring her to his world. He is a magician and around 300 years old as a bludman aka vampire. It was hilarious to read the witty banter between the hero and heroine and watch how he tries to win her over. His jealousy was also nice.
The world is very steampunk with clockwork devices and tophats and corsets and long, fluffy dresses so that was fun too.
Problems with the book: The heroine did something really, really stupid that made me want to throw the book. The hero tells her don't do it, the deal is never what it seems and is always too good to be true. She says I'm doing it because I need to feel independent and not dependent on you, Criminy. So something bad happens and she is like, Oh no! Why did this happen? Dumb.
Another problem was the ending. It was very open ended with the hero and heroine. More of a happy for now, than a happy ever after ending. Since the next book deals with a different couple, I had hoped Criminy and the heroine would have a more definite happy ending.
Overall, I loved this book. I highly recommend it since Criminy is such a great hero and the world is interesting. Plus lots of other girls are after Criminy and he only has eyes for the heroine. Aww[...]
The plot is inventive and kept me interested. I found myself imagining myself in Tish's place, going back and forth between Sang, the parallel universe, and "home". Who wouldn't want to check out life every once in awhile for some carny adventure? Awesome, where can I sign up? And there were a couple of plot twists that took me complete surprise involving other "strangers" from Letitia's home world.
This book didn't really work for me as a romance, though, and I debated whether to take one or two stars off. Since when are carnies sexy? I'm pretty sure no story ever began, "So, I met this extremely hot traveling carny..." Or maybe carnies have really come up in the world and have a new, sexy GQ rep that I don't know about. But Criminy, while a thoroughly interesting character, also creeped me out in a myriad of other ways. For example, he's a vampire (or bludmen). I'm sure by this point we are all familiar with vamp romances and know they follow a certain formula - vamp is a bit obsessed with the heroine, craves her blood, wants a nibble, yadda, yadda. But this book is the first vamp romance I've read where the vampire in question has to actually restrain himself from murdering his lover. Like, he literally wants to drain her. Until she's, you know, not alive anymore.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wicked as They Come is a fun tumble through an alternate universe with a bit of regular old earth thrown in for fun. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a unique world, with engaging characters. It was remarkably thoughtful. There are funny parts and challenges, scary parts, and while I started reading it as a break from... Read morePublished 2 months ago by T. Jones
Normally I don't like romances. I'm not sure why I picked this up, but I'm glad I did! I enjoyed the story immensely. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan Terry
Meh, I found it unimpressive. It wasn't bad. The world-building was pretty good and there was some humor. But it just was nothing new or exciting either. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sadie Forsythe
This book caught me really off guard. I wasn't convinced I would really enjoy it, but I was pleasantly surprised. I loved it!
Wicked As They Come is unique and creative. Read more
What a wonderfull story. From the get go you get succes in into the world of sang and you just want to know more.
It isn't an easy ride, one with lots of bumps in the road. Read more
Great book, I like the whole premise of it. Gimme more Criminy! :DPublished 4 months ago by Beta tester
What a ridiculous book and disappointing in that it didn't seem to fully embrace how ridiculous it was. Also, the main character isn't someone I would want to hang out with. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donovan
A wonderful and full world that the narrator carried you through willingly. A nice and unique take on common themes.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer