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Bring On the Night (WVMP, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – July 27, 2010
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About the Author
Jeri Smith-Ready has been writing fiction since the night she had her first double espresso. A steady stream of caffeine has resulted in twelve published novels for teens and adults, including RT Reviewers Choice-winning fantasy EYES OF CROW; as well as the PRISM award-winning WICKED GAME and SHADE. Her most recent release is the YA contemporary novel THIS SIDE OF SALVATION, which Booklist called a "smart, unpredictable, and well-rounded tale" in its starred review.
Jeri lives in the rolling hills of Maryland with her husband and two cats, who often play tag-team "sit in the author's lap and keep her from writing." (The cats, that is, not the husband. Though actually...) When not writing, she's either out running or on Twitter.
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My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)
I’m okay now.
Just so you know.
I mean, just so I know.
Not that I wonder.
© 2010 Jeri Smith-Ready
Top customer reviews
One of my favorite aspects of Bring On The Night is that three years have passed since the last book. A lot has happened in those three years and I loved getting a look into these characters futures. Most series take place over a relatively short amount of time, so some aspects have to be assumed (like you have to assume the relationship is going to last.) However, you didn't have to do that here, you were able to see that Ciara and Shane made it three years, so if the book ends with them together it isn't a stretch of the imagination to think that they are in for the long haul. Hopefully that convoluted thought made sense.
I also truly enjoyed that Jeri expanded the paranormal aspect outside of simply vampires. Now we get zombies as well and personally I think zombies are awesome. They have become my newest obsession, so that was a pleasant surprise for me. I always love books that acknowledge the fact that if vampires exist, well then isn't it possible that everything else does as well. I must say, that out of all the paranormal creatures she could have chosen, zombies is probably one of the best. They are not as overdone as witches, werewolves, and angels; so it gave the series a refreshing twist.
This book truly surprised me by being nothing what I expected it to be, and I loved that. I love pleasant surprises (bad ones are no fun.) Since I jumped right into Bring On The Night after Bad to the Bone, I did not read the blub for it. Therefore, going into the book I expected a lot of the book to deal with Ciara and her training at Control. I thought that the mystery would take place during her training and that it would deal with sabotaging other agents or something like that. So naturally I was surprised when all of Ciara's training takes place within one chapter at the very beginning of the book. Instead of what I expected, I got something that was so much better. I got a mystery with lots of twists and turns and a book that nearly broke my heart but at the same time made me laugh.
Ciara has grown a lot since the last book. She has managed to stay in a long term relationship with Shane, despite her commitment issues. She has come a long way since her con-artitst days. She is still a super strong character and I truly appreciate her wit. However, this book lets us see Ciara break a little bit and that was something different. She is less sure of herself and gets lost for a little bit. It made Ciara seem more realistic to me, because everybody can break at some point.
Shane continues to be one of my favorite characters in the history of the world. Jeri did a fabulous job with him and she managed to pull together a bunch of great characteristics. However, he is not too perfect and that makes him believable. He makes mistakes and at one point I was a tad disappointed in him. However, those little speeches he makes are just made of swoon and those clearly make up for every time I start to get upset with him (which, let's be honest, is not often.) Along with more yummy Shane, we see a lot more of the other vampires in this one. I enjoyed getting to know them all better and seeing what their life is like. In particular, I really began to appreciate Spencer's character in this one. As one final character note, Dexter the lovable vampire dog is still great.
All in all, the WVMP Radio series continues to be highly addictive. Now I think I'll begin counting down the days until I get my hands on Lust for Life.
Smith-Ready doesn't just gently let you back into the world of her vampires. She dumps you wholesale into it. You either get the WVMP world or you don't. When I read the first book Wicked Game, I was intrigued by her idea that vampires got stuck in the time they were turned. So her grunge rocker boyfriend is truly a child of the 80's. Also her vampires start losing their hold on sanity because they can't take change. That's a really simple explanation, but there you are.
In book three, Ciara has to battle zombies. Why is it always zombies? But these zombies bring a plague with them that threatens not just the people Ciara is finally admitting that she loves but also own life. Her decision is a huge twist in the character's hero's journey. I found it a bit difficulty to swallow because I had bought into Ciara on so many levels.
But Smith-Ready is an excellent story-teller. She doesn't just twist things up for no reason. I appreciate her ability to keep me up reading until I get to the end. With her books, I know I need to just block out the time so I can read in peace.
I don't recommend reading these books out of order. Read them as they are meant to be read. Wicked Game, followed by Bring On the Night and then this one, Bring On The Night.
Hard to review this without spoilers but I loathe spoilers. I think this book was a rock-solid entry in the WVMP world.
I will not talk about aforementioned event, but I will talk about other things in the book that I liked. I did like that this book fast forwards to two and a half years after the last book, because Ciara has established a routine in her life and her con-artist past has not made her run yet. She is doing the one thing that that scares every ex con artist, establishing roots. She and Shane are still living together and his post-it notes have not managed to drive her insane, but the time has come for her to start training to be a member of Control. Ciara manages to get a reduced training time and only has to be there for a month, but she is miserable for every second of it. Once she finally does get to go home, she is met with strange behavior in her home town. People keep dying from some mysterious mutation of chicken pox and some of those deaths hit a little close to home. I was actually surprised by some of the deaths in this book, which makes me sad because I, of course, don't like seeing people die. I do however, like the fact that Jeri does not let everyone have happy endings. I know that sounds sick, but things in life are not always happy and it makes the story more real for me when there are low points.
There are issues that have been building since book one and they are starting to cause major problems. While they do play some part in this story I have a feeling they will continue to gain speed and snowball in future books. Jim has definitely been one of those issues. His anger and bullying habits have been there from the beginning, but I think his age is starting to show and he is turning into something different than he once was. I have a feeling this is going to blow up big time in the next book, but I guess time will tell on that one.
I have also loved watching Shane and Ciara grow together. Shane helps Ciara get over her trust issues and Ciara is working on teaching Shane things from this century. They compliment each other very well and are learning how to be in a relationship together. However, their relationship is put to the test in this book because "the event" has them both questioning what they believe in and how they are going to get through it as a couple. I am not going to say more then that, so you will have to read and see what I mean.
I don't really think I can talk about this much more, because I want to talk about what happens and that will just ruin it. So just know that after chapter 16, Ciara's world gets rocked! I was almost flipping pages too fast to see what was going to happen. So, here is my advise:
1. Go read the first two books, Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone
2. Then go read Bring on the Night
You will be so happy you did it. Jeri has put a new spin on the whole vampire myth, that is refreshing and addictive. Plus, you will not have to read all these reviews and go "what is the event" because you will know and be happy
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