This Wicked Game
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 ...more
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 ...more
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! ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
Let me start with the main character because those are the ones who stick the mos ...more
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 ...more
The whole lack of plot and character development aside, This Wicked Game was completely white-washed, and from other readers reviews, did not eve ...more
I have no clue where I'm even going to start on this. I was be ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more