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February 1, 2014

Suped Up: Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson

Series: Blud 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: March 27, 2012
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Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Steampunk
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When nurse Tish Everett forced open the pesky but lovely locket she found at an estate sale, she had no idea she was answering the call of Criminy Stain, from the far off land of Sang. He’d cast a spell for her, but when she’s transported right to him, she’s not so sure she’s ready to be under the spell of another man. (It didn’t go so well last time with controlling, abusive, domineering Jeff.) If only Criminy wasn’t so deliciously rakish….

Half the inhabitants of Sang are Pinkies—human—and the other half are Bludmen, who in Tish’s world would be called vampires. But they don’t mess with any of the bat/coffin/no sunlight nonsense. They’re rather like you and me, just more fabulous, long living, and mostly indestructible. (They're also very good kissers.) But when the evil Mayor of Manchester (formerly Bludchester) redoubles his efforts to rid Sang of the Bludmen once and for all, stealing Tish’s locket in hopes of traveling back to her world himself for reinforcements, Criminy and Tish must battle ghosts, sea monsters, wayward submarines, a secret cabal, and thundering Bludmares to get the locket back and allow Tish to return home…but has she found love with Criminy? Could she stay in Sang forever?





And down the rabbit hole I went. This is what Alice probably felt like when she followed the white rabbit down to Wonderland. Instead of crazy Queens, Mad Hatters, weird tea parties and an even weirder cat, I met Bludmen and all sorts of strange creatures in Delilah S. Dawson's WICKED AS THEY COME

I'm going to make this brief because I know a lot of you, fellow UF/PNR/Steampunk readers, have read this but it's sooo good for me not to share my two-cents. And hopefully I can persuade other readers who have yet to dip their toes in this world pick the series up too. 

WICKED AS THEY COME is a wicked fantasy novel, it has a time travelling/parallel universe feel to it which I absolutely loved! The heroine, Tish Everett, is a geriatric nurse here in our world. She went to an estate sale and found this ruby locket that has some kind of magical potion in it that transports her to Sang when she sleeps. Once in Sang, she met the gorgeous Bludman, Crimminy Stain, gypsy king and carnival master extraordinaire. Turns out the locket is enchanted and Trish is "fated" to be in Sang to help Crimminy make his land safe again for Bludmen and restore order in their world. What followed next was a crazy back and forth between here and Sang, a fevered romance between Trish and Crimminy, and a race to beat a madman's quest for genocide and absolute power. 

The world building for Sang is a-frickin-mazing, it's one of the best Steampunk worlds I've ever read! It's sort of like our world with minor tweaks to accommodate them supernatural/magical creatures and gizmos. The world of Sang is light on the Steam but heavy on the Punk. The names of places, creatures and characters are wonderfully fantastical, it's equal to fairytale nouns. Like I said it reminded me of Alice and Wonderland in that the world is familiar but still ingenious. Plus how often do you read about a Bludman, gypsy king for a hero? Crimminy Stain is like a vampire, he drinks blood, and so does most of Sang, and has pointy fangs. He can withstand the sun, has a long life but isn't an apex predator like your typical bloodsucker.
I would burn down the world for you. Your world or my own. I would rip down the entire city with my bare hands without a second thought. I don't need to taste anything else. I don't need a comparison. - Crimminy
Crimminy Stain and Tish Everrett. Bonnie & Clyde. These two are funny and cute together and I loved how there's no insta-love or even insta-crush between the two. It was a gradual romantic development and although they're an odd couple, Crimminy and Trish sure are an interesting one and a good fit at that. The HEA is pretty great as well, not only did they accomplish their task but Tish, managed to have her cake and eat it too!

Blud features a different couple with every volume and though I would've loved to read more of Tish and Crimminy, I am anxious to dive back to the series and do more exploring. DSDawson's characters are beyond animated, they're different kinds of otherworldly with all sorts of interesting backstories I'm sure the succeeding books will be as magical as WICKED AS THEY COME. So if you love fantasy books with a great dose of romance and plot, give Blud a shot, I guarantee you'll like it if not love the series as much as I (a lot of other readers) do. 







31 comments:

  1. SO glad to hear you loved this one, Braine! I'm ashamed to admit that this book has been on my bookshelf untouched for a while...I'm not sure what I was waiting for--maybe the synopsis intimidated me a little because it sounds so different from anything I've ever read before. BUT, thanks to you, I will be bumping this book up on my upcoming-reads list! The world-building and characters sound awesome! Excuse me while I run to my bookshelf..... =P

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    1. I was like you & now I'm binge readin the series!

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  2. OMG! Girl, I had this audiobook on my kindle for like ever...I've been waiting for the audiobook..LOL but damn if I don't need to get reading right away.
    Excellent review, this is going to be my second read of the year. I read Red Rising (it was awesome) is only fitting to continue the trend :)
    Thanks!

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    1. I meant I had this book..LOL.. I said audiobook..lol

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    2. OK binge in this after you're done with Miriam Black

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  3. Ohhh I want this one :D Sounds cool!

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    1. This was a solid series introduction, I love the time travel element!

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  4. Looks absolutely great, want it ! And the cover is awesome, thanks for pointing that book out :)

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  5. I didn't know you hadn't read this one. I really loved it and isn't the world that awesome? I think the author did an amazing job. But it's not only that and the second book is really good as well and it allows us to learn more about everything. The novellas are also nice to read. Well I'm glad you like it and I hope it will be the same for the others. I need to read book 3!

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    1. I'm binge readin now! Excited for Casper's book but I want to drain the Princess!

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  6. This is one of my favorite series and I love each installment. However, nothing tops that first time with this book when I was intro'd to the world of Sang with Criminy and his carnival. Enjoyed your thoughts on it!

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    1. So true! I'm liking book two but book 1 may be hard to top

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  7. YAYYYY!!! So glad you read this and loved it :D

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  8. Just added this one to my to read pile.Thank you.
    Joelle @ http://angelswithattitudebookreviews-joelle.blogspot.com

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  9. Ooo Braine..I want to go down the rabbit hole..this sounds spectacular! I added it to my wishlist!

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  10. I effin love this series. Dawson created this world that's just intoxicating. Glad you liked it!

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    1. Yes and i have a cliche reaction "Why did I put this off for so long?!"

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  11. My goodness, I loved this book, this world and Criminy? oh man, that bludman can get it anyday of the week..lols!

    Glad you read it Braine!

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  12. I love this series!! It's so much fun and original.

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    1. True, great fantasy for us adults but are still fanciful at heart

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  13. Erag! Must read this soon. I've had it sitting on the shelf for a long while.

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    1. Get to it but read it when you don't have much on your weekly TBR, this series is designed for binge reading!

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  14. I love your enthusiasm for this series, Braine! I'm gonna have to read it, huh? ;)

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  15. Yet another I'm adding to my wishlist, its great to hear so many good comments on one book. All things Steampunk are fascinating.

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  16. this is still on my must read list. I love the cover and the synopsis. plus, if it makes you think ''Alice in Wonderland'' I'm in! ;) I haven't read a good steampunk in a while, maybe I will rethink my reading strategy!

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