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This Wicked Game

3.23  ·  Rating details ·  664 ratings  ·  119 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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FabrizioR Yes, although not fully executed. mostly just for affect in my opinion

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
Sep 16, 2013 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 Cardenas
Mar 29, 2013 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.

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 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
Other readers' claims about whitewashing and holes in the plot are spot on.
Catherine Clark
Dec 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Whitewashing for pre-teens: a how-to guide.
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Oct 12, 2013 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 26, 2013 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
May 06, 2014 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
Sep 28, 2013 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.
Apr 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
I fought to give this book a chance, because I think there's a trend going on with the fans of the YA genre where if a white person writes a poc representative book, then it's automatically shut down, harshly criticized, given low star ratings even before its out, etc. I like to believe representation can come from anywhere, so long as it's not appropriated. Sadly, I have been proven wrong in that belief once again.

Let me start with the main character because those are the ones who stick the mos
Oct 24, 2013 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 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
Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it
This Wicked Game was mediocre. The whole voodoo thing wasn't really there. I thought the idea of it was really cool, but I wasn't really fond of Claire she was the sort of 'special-snowflake' character I don't really like, who thinks they can do everything on their own and then has to be saved by the love interest (who I didn't really care for either).

The whole lack of plot and character development aside, This Wicked Game was completely white-washed, and from other readers reviews, did not eve
Jan 13, 2014 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.
Sarah Amelia
Dec 10, 2014 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
DNF at p. 150
Mar 27, 2015 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 19, 2014 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
Kassandra Patti
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've pretty much loved every book Michelle Zink has published! She is a master writer and I love it! This book was a little different from her other books but it still had a good plot. I'm happy with how everything turned out, Xander and Claire being together. How max and Eugenia were the parents of Elisabeta. I kind of wanted to know more about Elisabeta and her disease that rocked the family. And also more about Sorina, she was a big part of the letters and still at the end we don't know who s ...more
Jun 12, 2013 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
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: year-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.
The Mood Reader
This book was pretty terrible, but I like laughing at it.
Nov 28, 2013 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.
Lexi Herondale
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: free-standing
I don't get why everybody is hating on this book. It was fun and fast-paced.
This book was good. It falls into the voodoo genre and I liked it. I'm not sure how it compares to other voodoo books as this is the only one I've read but for me, it was good.

It was interesting to see the author's views and spins on the voodoo culture. I myself know very little about it except that there is chanting, spells and priests. The feeling that I've always gotten from voodoo is that it is powerful and "you don't mess with that s***!". I guess also from myths and pop culture, I've alwa
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a "jump straight into the action and reveal details as you go" kind of story, which isn't always my favorite. However, there was something about this book, whether it was the writing, storyline, or characters, that kept me surprisingly engaged. I had pretty low expectations before reading this because I'm generally not a huge far-out fantasy fan, and the reviews overall weren't fantastic. But, like I said earlier, this book was actually HARD to put down, and I just really liked the ...more
Lisa James
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting book centering around the practice of voodoo in New Orleans. The secret society of families involved in it that call themselves the Guild, legends from the past return to terrify the new generation, the Firstborns. Their courage in bucking their own system to fight the dark priest & priestess who have come back to exact revenge on the Guild for the loss of their daughter by striking at the sons & daughters of the people of their own generation, & the powers of love & ...more
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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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