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Wicked as They Come (A Blud Novel) Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 163 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Blud Series

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Editorial Reviews


"In Criminy Stain, Dawson has created a delightful rogue with a dangerously sexy edge."
 - RT Book Reviews
"One of the most refreshing reads I have had in a while... A wonderful start to a new series that had me dying to find out more. It is a dark, macabre tale that Tim Burton would only wish to dream of... Many a midnight hour was burnt with me not wanting to put it down."
 - Book Chick City
"Dawson has a wonderful voice that hooks you with dangerous, sharp dialog, smooth pacing, and descriptive details. An enchanting mixture of steampunk, fantasy, and paranormal romance."
 - Smexy Books

About the Author

Delilah Dawson is an artist, wife, mom, goof, nerd, and cupcake enthusiast. She's also an Associate Editor on CoolMomPicks.com, one of the hottest product review sites on the web. Before writing, she was a kids’ art instructor and arts administrator, including gallery direction and public relations. She lives in Atlanta with her family.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Blud Novel (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451657889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451657883
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Delilah S. Dawson writes dark, edgy books for teens and fantasy with a wicked edge for adults.

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.

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3 1/2 stars.

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.
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This book is a paranormal romance. The world was interesting with all of the animals being turned into bluds, so there are vampire bunnies and vampire deer and vampire horses, etc. There is a lot of prejudice against the bluds and that was portrayed.

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[...]
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I am a sucker for a fish out of water story, particularly novels including time travel or, in this case, parallel universes. My favorite book in this genre is A Barbed Coil by J.V. Jones, which follows a similar story - the heroine finds an enchanted piece of jewelry which transports her to another world, one similar to her own. In any case, this book was suggested reading on the blog of one of my favorite authors so I immediately raced over to Amazon to download it.

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.
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