Wednesday, November 6, 2013

This Wicked Game by Michelle Zink Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

"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 Kincaid’s run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire plays along, filling orders for powders, oils and other bizarre ingredients in the family store, but she has a secret.

She doesn’t believe.

Struggling to reconcile her modern sensibilities with a completely unscientific craft based on suspicion, Claire can’t wait to escape New Orleans – and voodoo – when she goes to college, a desire that creates almost constant conflict in her secret affair with Xander Toussaint, son of the Guild’s powerful founding family.

But when a mysterious customer places an order for a deadly ingredient, Claire begins to realize that there’s more to voodoo – and the families that make up the Guild – than meets the eye.

Including her own.

As she bands together with the other firstborns of the Guild, she comes face to face with a deadly enemy – and the disbelief that may very well kill her."

Voodoo? I haven't read that in awhile. Before reading, I had a good feeling that This Wicked Game is going to get really interesting.

And interesting it was.

I have a lot of mixed thoughts on This Wicked Game, some good and some bad, like all normal books. Anything not like that, I will consider it to be from another universe. Anyway, This Wicked Game is overall good, because, not only how crazy it is, but also the intrigue weaved into the book. (Raise your hand, if you don't understand that last sentence. Yeah, me either). English version: This Wicked Game is good and crazy and mysterious. How's that for translations? You won't be lost in translation here.

Claire always reminds me of Clary from City of Bones. They have similiar names. They are both terribly nosy people. They solve mysteries. They both have a hunky, not to mention hot and hallelujah! boyfriend (come on, Jace was totally digging her in the first book). They are connected to a strange world, only they can understand. They have unique powers. Very similar people. Coincidence or not? I strongly suspect the latter. Too many coincidence.

The writing of This Wicked Game is not exactly hilarious, but brings a good (and healthy) among of questions to the world of possible magic and all of that stuff. Told from third person view that always keep Claire in view, the book will be odd because you almost expect a first person view. I'm not kidding. If the author changes all of Claire's pronouns (she, them) and her name into first person POV, then the book is a perfectly written first person POV.

The ending killed me so much! This Wicked Game could had been simply a novel rather than a series if...if... Of course, I won't be telling you, but this should be a major hint.

Rating: Four out of Five

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