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This Wicked Game

3.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  520 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
Claire Kincaid’s family has been in business for over fifty years.

The voodoo business.

Part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses, a secret society that have practiced voodoo for generations, the Kincaids run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire plays along, filling orders for powders, oils and other bizarre ingredients in t
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 14th 2013 by Dial Books
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Voodoo? More like fucking doo-doo.

My reviews usually follow a pattern: introduction, summary, analysis of characters/settings/plot. Fuck that shit. I am so incandescent with anger that I can hardly think straight right now, much less formulate a fully analytical review. You want a summary? Look at the fucking summary on the book's page. I'm not gonna fucking bother because the problem with this book goes beyond that.

But in brief: the characters are nothing offensive, nothing special, lacking in
Olivia Hennis
Nov 16, 2013 Olivia Hennis marked it as to-read
Shelves: wtf
I have not read this book, but I think I have an issue: either the cover is white-washed, or the author took great liberties with voudon traditions.

I suppose if the character is multi-ethnic, I could see a case for it, but then the cover doesn't reflect her heritage.

If the cover is accurate, then I pose the question: with this subject matter, why isn't the tale told from the perspective of a teen of color?

Can anyone who has read this answer those questions for me about the protagonist? Thanks!
Richard Denney
Mar 29, 2013 Richard Denney marked it as to-read
There is a really big difference between VOODOO and HOODOO. I wish authors did more research. Voodoo is more like a religion and Hoodoo is more magic oriented. Research is the best thing a writer can do.
Dhonielle Clayton
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

Let me give you a summary of this story.

Girl senses dangerous waves coming off a man => girl does a B&E on his house with her boyfriend => man sees her and starts stalking the girl => girl foolhardily insists on travelling alone (no doubt to assert her ‘independence') => man kidnaps girl => boyfriend rushes to the rescue => girl protests and generally tries to refuse undoing the damage done by the man => boyfriend babies her => girl saves the day => they all live h

Dec 23, 2013 Amanda rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
Other readers' claims about whitewashing and holes in the plot are spot on.
Cat Clark
Dec 08, 2013 Cat Clark rated it did not like it
Whitewashing for pre-teens: a how-to guide.
"Don't know how you do, the voodoo that you do."

Setting:New Orleans, Louisiana; 2014

Coverly Love?:No; Can we say whitewashed? Not to mention it’s plain beyond belief.

Plot:New Orleans, Louisiana is the voodoo and hoodoo capital of the United States, and everyone seems to want to get into the practice. Everyone, that is, except Claire Kincaid. It doesn’t matter that she’s descended from Marie Leveau, or that her family is part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses. She want
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Nov 05, 2014 Jeann (Happy Indulgence) rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
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You’d think a story about a secret voodoo society set in New Orleans would be the perfect back drop for diversity, but alas, it lacks depth. I feel like I’ve just read a story with cardboard cut out characters following a predictable, uninteresting plot that never hits a climax.

I wanted so much more out of This Wicked Game, more about the Voodoo, religious intent or more about magic and its ingredients. Even more about the am
May 10, 2014 Jenn rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I was intrigued by a YA book involving Voodoo, thought it might be fun and different than what's been out recently. Instead, it was the most white-washed, racist, offensive book. Near the very beginning of the book we discover the main character, Claire, is a descendant of Marie Leveau. When I read that I was angry that the girl on the cover is very white. (Interjection: I realize I should have put together book about Voodoo in New Orleans + white girl on cover = problem much faster). At first I ...more
Nov 25, 2013 Aylee rated it it was ok
You can also read this review on my blog

In short: This Wicked Game by Michelle Zink had the potential to be original and special, but instead was an insipid, whitewashed version of what it could have been.

One mention of voodoo was all it took to have me chomping at the bit for This Wicked Game. The history and culture of voodoo is SO intriguing to me and I was curious to read a YA story revolving around it. To say I was disappointed with This Wicked Game is a bit of an understatement. As far as
Mar 28, 2014 Jennybeast rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, witches_magic
On the whole, an engaging, if somewhat rote teen-romance-adventure. The characters lack depth, but the focus on voudoun is an interesting twist. Unfortunately, the portrayal of the magical aspects/ religious beliefs are just as superficial as the characters, so it's hard to be enthusiastic.
Jan 13, 2014 Kim rated it it was ok
I was excited about the premise of this book. However, knowing quite a bit about this subject, I was disappointed at the liberties and inaccuracies the author took with this book. The backstory could use more developing. I expected more.
Oct 24, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
Great book. Something fresh in the paranormal world, voodoo, New Orleans , drama, romance how can you not fall in love?!

Claire is a descendant of the most powerful voodoo queen but she got nothing. She doesn't want anything to do with it, she just wants to be normal but normal is overrated. She isn't really an outsider, she puts herself outside of everyone else. But she is willing to do what it takes to protect her family and friends. Add in Xander who she loves but is keeping secret, and she is
Jun 25, 2014 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
Shelves: ms-books
Hey! Want to read something about life in post-Katrina NOLA? How about a secret international society of voodoo practitioners? Count me in! I know this is YA, but maybe I can teach it....

And then I read this wreck of a book. Another reviewer used the term "whitewashed," which is accurate on so many levels.

There's no mention of race in the book, except the comment about the love interest's caramel skin. Sigh. They DO visit Treme, but they're scared...never been there, scary black people (did I m
Nov 30, 2013 Reena rated it it was ok
It was...fine. Not bad. I finished maybe ten minutes ago and I can't remember the MC's name. A much whiter cast than I would expect for a book about voodoo set in New Orleans.
Dec 23, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This Wicked Game was amazing! I could not put it down, I really do think that I have found a new favorite author! Michelle Zink's work is amazing.
Kirsty-Marie Jones
I can't believe I'm saying this but this wasn't good. I know, it's about Voodoo, and darkness and curses and voodoo dolls and all those wonderful stuff that is just right up my alley. I love reading about it. And since it's set in New Orleans, the same as Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton, that though is more Greek Mythology than Voodoo, it's kind of a mixed one that I loved. I so wanted to love this one just the same...and didn't.

I have no clue where I'm even going to start on this. I was be
May 26, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Loved it!!! Loved the fact that this was about a topic that hasn't really been done in teen fiction. I might be biased since I like voodoo and it's culture, but it was a great book. The romance in it is good, typical teen tensions and questioning of things. The friendships that develop are fun to watch, considering the main character is apprehensive about most of the people in her life. She grows in the book as well. Overall it's a great story, and it was left open to have a sequel, which I will ...more
Jun 20, 2014 Christydennie rated it did not like it
I started to read this book because the cover caught my attention and I haven't really read much on voodoo inspired stories. I got a few chapters in and gave up. Typical supernatural YA story line. I've read enough of those.
First you have the standard soon-to-be-of-age main character who rebels against the family legacy/craft/talents/magic/what have you.
Second, you have the group of elders who run the show which has the typical outcast member, the bitch in charge, and the look down on the youngi
Mar 13, 2015 Bradley rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I totally called how this book would end.

Claire is the great great granddaughter of the famed voodoo priestess Marie Leveau. That makes her a member of the Guild, a secret society of voodoo worshippers. When someone starts targeting the firstborn of the New Orleans chapter it's up to Claire and her friends to stop them.
Rebecca H
Nov 05, 2013 Rebecca H rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This was a wonderful book. I read this book in a day and a few hours. It took me a while to get around to reading it. I am sad that I waited that long. I didn't think that this book was entirely up my alley but I was pleasantly surprised. I wanted the book to keep going. It is a quick read. I truly felt transported to the streets of New Orleans. It is a great book that I recommend to everyone. Just because this book is intended for Young Adults does not mean that older readers won't enjoy this b ...more
May 17, 2014 Adeeb rated it really liked it
I don't have much to say. I really enjoyed the elements of magic and voodoo. My favorite thing about the book was the New Orleans setting. As a huge fan of The Originals and Vampire Diaries TV shows, I quite enjoyed this setting. The story will grip you from the first chapter and goes straight into the action.

Overall, a short fun story to read. I gave it four stars because I expected a grander resolution.

I enjoy Zink's first person perspective more than the third person. However, the third pers
Courtney Churchill
Oct 28, 2015 Courtney Churchill rated it really liked it
First thing, there is a difference in Voodoo(more of a religion) and Hoodoo (which is more of magic practice with roots and spiritual belief). It is easy for people to mix them together or confuse them and their intentions.

Now that is cleared, Zink seemed to do what most do and mix the two practices both magic and religion together in order to make it work with the story. I'm not upset by this but there could be those who take offence to the lack of knowledge and research.Understandably. Howeve
Aug 15, 2015 Nish rated it did not like it
The author is so out of touch with her own country it's actually embarrassingly. She white-washed New Orleans and the practice of Voodoo. She glossed over the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Her female protagonist needs constant babysitting from her overprotective boyfriend.

The part that really made me cringe was when the main character reads three letters that were written in 1880. Each letter took up approximately a page in the novel and in between each one the protagonist used at least two
Jun 20, 2014 Shadin rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Feb 25, 2014 Levian rated it really liked it
Claire's family was part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses for over fifty years. it was a secret society that shared the knowledge and experience of practicing voodoos for generations. Claire's family also ran an underground supply house for ingredients required for voodoo. despite helping to look after the shop or filling orders for the ingredients , she doesn't believe. one day, a mysterious woman placed an order for a deadly ingredient. it immediately triggered fear t ...more
Amanda Patterson
Mar 23, 2014 Amanda Patterson rated it did not like it
This novel is so adequate it was almost excruciating to read.
Claire Kincaid’s family is part of a Voodoo dynasty. They belong to the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses. But Claire doesn’t believe, until a mysterious customer visits her family’s Voodoo store. Claire, one of the ‘firstborns’ of the guild members, uncovers a plot to kill them with black magic. She and Xander, another firstborn, try to find out what is going on, and Claire nearly dies in the process.
This book is od
Jul 18, 2013 Erica marked it as to-read
I'm interested to see how the author presents Voodoo to her audience - based on the actual religion, or more on cultural stereotypes?
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Michelle Zink is author of the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy, A Temptation of Angels, and This Wicked Game. Her next book, Lies I Told, releases Spring 2015.

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