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This Wicked Game by Michelle Zink

Posted by Caitie F on November 12, 2013

Title: This Wicked GameThisWickedGame_Cover-198x300
Author: Michelle Zink
Hardcover: 368 pages
Pub Date: Nov 14, 2013
Publisher: Dial
Rating: +++++

Summary from pub:

Claire Kincaid would love to be normal. But as a descendant of Marie Leveau, the most powerful voodoo queen in history, that’s just not possible. Even worse, Claire’s lack of interest in the craft makes her an outsider in her community, putting her secret romance with the voodoo Guild leader’s son at odds. But when mysterious strangers start requesting black market items from local voodoo shops, including the one her family owns, Claire decides to investigate. With the help of some unlikely allies and her gorgeous boyfriend, Claire must uncover the dark truths her family has kept hidden from her and unravel a dangerous plot that threatens to destroy every member of the Guild, including her family and the boy she loves.

Review:

I loved the Prophecy of the Sisters series and really love New Orleans as a setting, so when I saw Michelle Zink had written a paranormal young adult book set in New Orleans and focused on voodoo, I knew that I would probably like it. And I did. I liked it more than I thought I would.

Voodoo seems silly to me, even in a work of fiction, so I was skeptical. The setting and characters are realistic, so I thought it wouldn’t work for me. Well, when the main character is in the world and is skeptical, it makes everything much easier to accept. It was so developed into the story that it made the story feel natural.

Everything about this book was great – setting, characters, plot, and writing. I even liked the romantic relationship. They had been together for a while before the book starts, so there is a history and actual meaning. Their conflict wasn’t central to the plot, but it added to the world and I absolutely loved how Zink showed a realistic relationship progressing. He was a great character too. He wasn’t perfect or cookie cutter, but he was a good guy and he and Claire complemented each other very well.

This book will make you think about generational gap, challenging beliefs and customs that may be in a need for an update, and trust. It handles all of these issues really well and I hope that it can translate into talking about some of these issues in this country and the world now.

If you are looking for an exciting and suspenseful mystery with some magic thrown in, you don’t need to look any further. This is a great book and Michelle Zink proves again that she knows how to write a wonderful young adult book that anyone can enjoy.

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