Book Review: The Voodoo Killings

26109041The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish

Series: A Kincaid Strange Novel #1

Published by Random House Canada on May 10, 2016

Genres: ARC & Review Copies, Adult Fiction,  Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Pages: 352

Format: eARC from publisher

Rating: 

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SYNOPSIS:

For the first time since we launched Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, Random House Canada is thrilled to announce the debut of a new urban fantasy series. Kristi Charish’s The Voodoo Killings introduces Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner…

For starters, she’s only 27. Then there’s the fact that she lives in rain-soaked Seattle, which is not exactly Haiti. And she’s broke. With raising zombies outlawed throughout the continental USA, Kincaid has to eke out a living running seances for university students with more money than brains who are desperate for guitar lessons with the ghost of a Seattle grunge rocker–who happens to be Kincaid’s on-again, off-again roommate.

Then a stray zombie turns up outside her neighbourhood bar: Cameron Wight, an up-and-coming visual artist with no recollection of how he died or who raised him. Not only is it dangerous for Kincaid to be caught with an unauthorized zombie, she soon realizes he’s tied to a spate of murders: someone is targeting the zombies and voodoo practitioners in Seattle’s infamous Underground City, a paranormal hub. When the police refuse to investigate, the City’s oldest and foremost zombie asks Kincaid to help. Raising ghosts and zombies is one thing, but finding a murderer? She’s broke, but she’s not stupid.

And then she becomes the target…As the saying goes, when it rains it pours, especially in Seattle.

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RATINGS:

Critical Rating: 

Entertainment Rating: 

Overall Rating: 

Plot: Slow To Fast Paced | Takes Time To Get Into | Hit Or Miss | Intruiging Plot & Execution

Characters: LOVED THE MAIN PROTAGONIST | Kick Butt & Humane | Diverse In Both Appearance & Personality | Well Developed (All) 

World Building: Urban Fantasty Done Well | Seattle Backdrop | Complex & Intricate | A Little Cliché

Writing: 1st Person | Nothing Too Special | Easy To Read | Realistic Dialouge

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*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.   

MY REVIEW: 

The Voodoo Killings was an extremely slow paced mystery that thankfully switched it’s gear half way through the book. Filled to the brim with zombies, ghosts and poltergeists, the first instalment in a new Urban Fantasy series by Kristi Charish was a solid start for what is yet to come.

This story follows the perspective of Kincaid Strange, a 27 year old young voodoo practitioner who earns her daily income by raising zombies and solving paranormal crimes for the police. Things are just as easy as it sounds and they start to go even more haywire when all of her practices suddenly become outlawed. Now without any way to guarantee her rent money, Kincaid along with her ghost companion, Nate Cade (similar to the modern Kurt Cobain) must run gigs for university parties and make the most of her paranormal abilities. One day, she gets a phone call about a mysterious zombie that showed up at a local bar and things begin to take off from there.

“You know how the saying goes: when it rains, it pours, especially in Seattle.”

As mentioned above, The Voodoo Killings was at first a really slow book, thus not quite grasping my attention as I wanted it to. When I started this book, I was looking for some action packed, fast paced story and was quickly disappointed. Heck, I’ll even admit that I wanted to put this book down and start another series, one that I knew I was going to fully enjoy. Nevertheless I pulled through, and surprisingly with that positive mindset came a much better second chunk that I devoured within a matter of hours. The speed quickly heightens as more clues are revealed and in fact, I was pretty close to sitting at the end of my seat, eager to see what happens next. Although the ending was predictable if not a little clichéd, at least it wasn’t completely anticlimactic and even ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. 

Kincaid Strange, along with the other characters were by far my favourite part of the story. She was independent, head strong and a little weird, the perfect recipe for what I call an amazing female protagonist. As a fully grown adult, Kincaid put priority on what needed to be done, without letting too much of her tangled emotions get in the way. Though she was already mature from the very first page, her character development throughout the novel was still prominent and she was indeed a complex character. Alongside her was the sometimes too stubborn, sometimes too grudge holding Nate Cade. He was solely the only “nice” ghost in The Voodoo Killings, and I couldn’t help but appreciate him for his loyalty and affectionate love towards Kincaid. Whether he admits it or not, I could see how much Kincaid meant to him and certain scenes portraying their relationship made me sniffle in both happiness and despair.

“Learning to accept things you can’t change or know is part of growing up.”

Other than Kincaid and Nate who are already oh so familiar with this paranormal world, Cameron, the newly created zombie was extremely awkward and stuck out amongst the other supernatural beings. When he was first introduced, I was wary of Kincaid falling in love with Cameron but thankfully this is not the case. They are both solely friends, (?) if not close acquaintances and that was more than fine by me. Actually, we have another character, Aaron who was and sort of still is Kincaid’s boyfriend. While they are in my opinion not totally ship worthy, they work smoothly, a perfect portrayal of adult relationships. The rest of the minor characters in this book only had small roles yet was memorable, diverse, and overall unique.

 “I got tired of all the lies we tell ourselves to fit the box other people stick us in. I got tired of the box. The dead don’t judge your choices. They don’t have much interest in what you do with your life.”

The couple of complaints I have about The Voodoo Killings mostly is the combination of a slow paced story along with mediocre writing. If we took out the plot from the equation, this book wouldn’t even be able to stand on it’s own two feet. The story drags quite a bit and worse yet, the writing isn’t anything different from just a typical fiction novel. I guess I was expecting a bit more substance than what was given and the technicalities were not executed too well.

Nevertheless, The Voodoo Killings was for the most part, an enjoyable paranormal read full of unique characters bundled together in an intricate world. This story was my very first exposure to zombies and I gotta say, I liked it a lot better than I thought I would. I am still planning up on picking up the sequel when it releases next year and will be looking forward to following Kincaid on her next adventure!

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Have you read The Voodoo Killings or are you planning to? What did you think of it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for reading lovelies xoxo,

-Jenna <3-

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