Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Release Day Review - Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson - 5 Qwills

Wicked As They Come
Author:  Delilah S. Dawson
Series:  Blud
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher:  Pocket Books (March 27, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy / Paranormal Romance / Steampunk
ISBN:  9781451657883
Review Copy: ARC provided by publisher

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:

I think I'm going to gush a bit about Wicked as They Come. It's a wonderful story. Ms. Dawson has created a superb Victorian-esque parallel world, Sangland, filled with steam machines, strange creatures, magic, and Bludmen.

Criminy Stain and Tish Everett are the main characters in Wicked as They Come. I adore both of them. Criminy is dangerous, seductive, magical, and vulnerable at least where Tish is concerned. Tish is trying to recover from a bad relationship and is not really interested in being swept off her feet by Criminy. She wants her independence. She wants to figure out who she is before committing again to someone. This is not simply a story of girl meets Bludman and lives happily ever after. This is a fantastic adventure not only about Tish and Criminy seeking the stolen locket, but about Tish finding herself. It's also a story that deals with how the Bludmen are treated and what one man, the Magistrate, will do against them.

The majority of the novel is set in Sangland. Ms. Dawson has created a parallel world that is much like ours, but wildly different. I loved the animals that inhabit Sangland - similar to our animals but so dangerous. Criminy's traveling circus is amazing. We spend enough time there to get to know the members of the circus who are all interesting in their own rights.There are incredible clockwork contraptions in Sangland. While Bludman share some similarities to vampires, they are not the same. I enjoyed seeing a new take on 'vampires' in Wicked As They Come.

Ms. Dawson's writing is very self-assured. Wicked as They Come is a debut that does not read like one. The characters (primary and secondary) are well-developed, the world setting is extremely well done, the story itself is terrific. Other than a little slow pacing at the beginning the novel moves at a steady clip to the very satisfying ending.

Wicked as They Come is fantastical, intriguing, mysterious, and fun! Since I've run out of superlatives, I will simply say that I loved Wicked as They Come and the Blud series is now an automatic buy.

I give Wicked as They Come 5 Qwills.

You may read Delilah S. Dawson's Guest Blog - Want a Wicked Vacation? Try a Parallel Universe! - here.

I liked Wicked as They Come so much I'm giving one copy away!

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of Wicked as They Come (Blud 1) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What have you read recently that you loved? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. I just finished listening to "A Great and Terrible Beauty" and loved it. As far as print novels, I adored "Perception" and "My Life as a White Trash Zombie."
    Thank you for the giveaway, the book sounds great.
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  2. I just read Grave Peril by Jim Butcher.

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    1. I'm a huge Jim Butcher fan. If you like his books you should check out Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus series.

  3. Hey girlie! No need to enter me in giveaway, just wanted to say great review, and I'm so glad you loved this just as much as I did!

    1. Thank you. Totally loved it! Glad you did too. :)

  4. Hi thansk you a lot for this international giveaway

    i've discovered jill shalvis and her lucky harbor series that i enjoyed ( book 1 and 2)

    all the best

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  5. I recently discovered Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series and I'm hooked.

    +1 for following via email.


    1. For some reason it didn't include my name, Samantha.

  6. I enjoyed the Infected series. That was great.
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  7. I've read so many good books recently I don't think I could limit to one: All the Paths of Shadow by Frank Tuttle, Under Witch Aura by Maria Schneider, Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire, Doubletake by Rob Thurman, Black Opera by Mary Gentle (not released yet!)

    1. I guess I should have left an email address: dwndrgn at hot mail dot com

  8. Nice gushing Qwill! I loved this book too, can't get over it! And I can't wait for the next one, too bad its nearly a year out. I will just have to reread Criminy's story over and over =)

    (no need to enter me as I have this amazing book)

  9. I love all the books I read but recently I read Unleashed by Sara Humphreys...loved it!!!

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  10. I really like the Riley Jensen series by Keri Arthur.

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  11. I just re-read Storm Front by Jim Butcher and loved it all over, again. Now I'm reading Fool Moon and am enjoying it as much as Storm Front.

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  12. Thanks for the awesome post and giveaway! I love the premise of this book and I can't wait to get my hands on it :)

    I just read Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire and I *luvd* it. Seanan is a fabulously talented author. She has 3 ongoing series and they are sooo completely different. I love that!

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  13. I love Here. That was a really great book. I can't wait for the rest of the series. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber. Tore923@aol.com

  14. Wicked As They Come looks so good!
    I'm currently reading Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones and am loving it!
    I also just finished It's All Greek to Me by Katie McAllister which I enjoyed.

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  15. I can't remember anything recent where I said to people,"You have to read this!". I would say Magic Strikes was the last one I can remember that I really, really liked. If it was melded with Magic Bleeds (the next book in the series), it would be perfect.

    GFC Anne38

  16. I have just finished Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston. I enjoy this series so much I auto buy it. This latest one had me laughing out loud again.
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  17. Hi

    The most recent book I have read that I loved was Firelight by Kristen Callihan.

    Great post and review. I am excited to read this book. The "blurb" on the back sounds great. I also love the cover and voted for it on your pole earlier.
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  18. I'm just nearing the end of The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook and had forgotten how wonderfully biazzare and complex steampunk worlds are! Plus I do like an alpha male such as Rhys! :-)

    GFC - Mel S

  19. I just finished Hush by Cherry Adair and REALLY liked it! It was exciting, full of action, fun/snarky banter, sexy love scenes, unexpected twists...a real page turner! I've never heard of a Bludman...and I'm looking forward to reading about him and his wicked kisses!

    GFC follower - Barbara
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  20. Oh I've read so many good books lately. I'll have to say my 2 recent reads were so good. One was Deliverance by Dakota Banks and for YA I'll say Bitter End.

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  21. I have just read GAME OF THRONES which I loved.

    GFC: Mary Preston


  22. I just started and am loving Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. The Darkest Seduction

    I follow the blog.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  24. This book sounds so awesome! My TBR is truly unmanageable. I might have to bump this up. Beautiful cover also.

    I just finished the original Peter Pan and I LOVED it. It was so different than what I expected and Barrie is such a funny, imaginative writer.

    Thanks for offering the giveaway Qwill.


  25. Recently I've been reading the Elder Races series by Thea Harrison. Dragos and Pia are my favorite couple though!

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    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. The most recent book I have read that I loved was the hunt by andrew fukada

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  27. I've read a few fabulous books so far this year. Cinder (Marissa Meyer) was awesome. The Iron Duke (Meljean Brook) was amazing. Kiss of Snow (Nalini Singh) was also a winner. It's been a good reading year for me :)

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  28. I recently read The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams. I loved it and can not wait for the next. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  29. I just finished the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by EL James and was pleasantly surprised by it.

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  30. I'm at the end of the Demonica series by Larissa Ione. It's been a kind of marathon read for all 5 books, but I have to find out how it all ends.

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  31. Finished Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward and loved it, and a different genre, Hero of the Ages, third in the Misborn Series by Brian Sanderson.

  32. One of my blogger friends also recommended this book, so now I'm intrigued!

    I read several great books lately: 2 that have become instant favourites were: Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow and Ride With Me by Ruthie Knox, loved them and both authors have become must-buy authors for me, can only recommend them!

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    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  33. Hi! Thanks for this giveaway, the book sounds awesome! I saw some reviews on other blogs and they all have great things to say about it!
    One of my favorite read lately is Caged Moon by Rachel Deagan and The Last girl by Kitty Thomas!

    +1 commented!
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    Thanks! Proserpine, proserpinecravedfor(at)hotmail(dot)com

  34. I just finished Sanctus and though it was really good.

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  35. I just finished Vamparazzi by Laura Resnick, it was awesome :)
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