Thursday, September 20, 2012

Adult Review: Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson

Wicked as They Come (Blud #1)
by Delilah S. Dawson
Published by Pocket Books
Date published: March 27th 2012
Source: Gifted.
Rating 4.5


Synopsis:Have you ever heard of a Bludman? They’re rather like you and me—only more fabulous, immortal, and mostly indestructible. (They’re also very good kissers.) Delilah S. Dawson’s darkly tempting debut drops her unsuspecting heroine into a strange faraway land for a romantic adventure that’s part paranormal, part steampunk . . . and completely irresistible.
When Tish Everett forces open the ruby locket she finds at an estate sale, she has no idea that a deliciously rakish Bludman has cast a spell just for her. She wakes up in a surreal world, where Criminy Stain, the dashing proprietor of a magical traveling circus, curiously awaits. At Criminy’s electric touch, Tish glimpses a tantalizing future, but she also foresees her ultimate doom. Before she can decide whether to risk her fate with the charming daredevil, the locket disappears, and with it, her only chance to return home. Tish and Criminy battle roaring sea monsters and thundering bludmares, vengeful ghosts and crooked Coppers in a treacherous race to recover the necklace from the evil Blud-hating Magistrate. But if they succeed, will Tish forsake her fanged suitor and return to her normal life, or will she take a chance on an unpredictable but dangerous destiny with the Bludman she’s coming to love?
My thoughts

Cover: Purple, purple . I love purple. It is the color I adore. The cover is not that bad, yes there is a bare chested man with a top hat but the clockwork in the background balances it out.// lol its blue . lol . my pardon

Book: Bunnies are fuzzy and cute right. Imagine being attacked by fuzzy white/brownish bunnies that eat you to the bone. They are hungry for blood, your red human blood is the loveliest there is. But wait there are far worst creatures , the ugly fat red brown rats are the worst. Welcome to Sang.

Tish Everett is a 25 year old nurse, she freed herself from the clutches of a controlling long period boyfriend Jeff. She finds a locket at the house of a deceased patient. A beautifully crafted locket and with the help of some elbow grease it finally clicks open. Beneath the lid is a mysterious , dangerously sexy painted portrait of young man near his 30’s. Tish walls asleep after an exhausting day. When she wakes up she sees an odd world. It has a very Victorian vibe to it. In fact she has stumbled in 1900th Sang . A place were bludmen and pinkies (humans from Sang) live alongside each other. The bludmen are 2nd grade citizens. A wealthy madman is out to kill them all. Will tish stay with criminy [ the dude in the portrait ]after they have stopped him , or will she go back to earth?

The world building was lovely luscious. There were steampunk machines and clockwork animals. I wanted to know more and more and I hope more will be known in sequel books.
The plot was like a bloodlust enraged Alice in wonderland. A adult alice w/ blood creatures. Things that seemed unnecessary got tied up in the end

There are two Tish in Wicked as they come. Ok , let me explain . She has two lives; Tish the nurse and Letita the glancer . She is a strong woman and is not a damsel in distress. Great heroine.

Criminy is slick as an eel and clever as Reinhardt, the fox ( a dutch folktale). And mysterious and uber sexy ( what i\ve ‘’heard’’ from fellow book ppl ) but in all that he never loses the gentleman inside him.

This romance is a slowburner. In my opinion. It is labled pnr on the spine but to me it is UF. The romance never crushes the plot. They are sexy times in this book but not every 50 pages. After each ahum, they grow closer to each other. Great character development

I really liked the secondary characters from pemberly, Crim’s clockwork monkey ( you rock pem), to the lizard boy to the pinky strong man . I wish they had more development but I still liked the whole crew.

Book two will be out next year and I can’t wait. I hope we get to see cameos of Tish and Crim. Are you exited to enter Sang? That’s bloody marvelous. *grins with bloodstained teeth*

Author hangouts



  1. I'm definitely intrigued! The number of adult books I've been reading has decreased a lot since I stared my blog... so I probably won't get around to this any time soon. I'll keep it in mind though for when I'm in the mood! Lovely review, Roro. :)

  2. I loved this book! Right now, I'm reading the arc for the novella Madam Morpho -part of the story- and I cannot wait for book#2!!

  3. Sounds like a good read, and the cover definitely draws the eye. :)

  4. Thanks so much for checking it out. Glad you liked! :)

  5. ohhhhhhhhh
    Lol, that is all I can say cos I want this one now

  6. One of my blogger buddies loved this. I'm hoping to read this soon too.

  7. This book grabs my attention! Excellent rview! I want to read this now!

  8. Whoaaaaaaaa!! Roro you killed me! I just saw this one in your other post and OMG! It sounds so sexy yet still a UF! holy Lord! I need to meet this dude from the cover XDDD and btw, sounds very intriguing this double life or whatever it is. Thanks for the reivew! wonderful my dear :)!!

  9. Wow, sounds like a great book. Love your review. The cover is awesome. ;)

    New follower.

    - Beckie

  10. Oh awesome review and I so want to read this..steampunk, world-building and blood..woot! woot!

  11. Glad you loved this one - I want to read it too!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  12. Luscious world-building, huh? I need to bump this up my TBR! Great review. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  13. Hmm, this book doesn't normally fall into the category of books I read, but I'll definitely consider it. :) Really good review, and I'm pleased you enjoyed it. :) Points for the sexy cover, btw.

  14. This was a really fun book - so different from the typical PNR (& yes, I agree it's more UF) out there now.

  15. ooo Fuzzy bunnies that eat you!!! I have seen this book about and I tried to get it on NG or Edelweiss but to no avail. So , awesome I get to read your review. I did not realise fuzzy bunnies were involved!! There you go!

    Great review Roro, makes me want to get my hands on this book!!! ASAP!! I heard it was good!

    Glad you enjoyed it and love the colour purple, i do too:D


    Bloodlust enraged Alice In Wonderland, I like that!!!

  16. Roro, this sounds FUN!
    And seriously, this? "The plot was like a bloodlust enraged Alice in wonderland."

    You have me SOLD! ♥

  17. I'm fascinated by what you're sharing in the review! I like that the characters sound awesome and the world setting seems magically dangerous. Thanks, Roro!

  18. Fantastic review, Rogier! So glad you loved it, and definitely agree that it's more UF than PNR *grins with bloodstained teeth too* I can't believe book 2 will be out only in next year. I've been desperate to read it for 6 months already :)

  19. I didn't realize she is a nurse, that little addition will make me pick it up too!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  20. So steampunk machines and time-travel? I love fun time travel books ever since I read My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and Wicked As They Come sounds like a great read.

    Awesome review, Roro!

    P.S. Loved your bloodstained grin LOL

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

  21. I really enjoyed this book, also, and recently finished the novella Mysterious Madam Morpho{I think that's the name} anyway, that was a quick read and it was good, also, it actually was about the equally mysterious Crim!



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