As a sixteen year old voodoo queen in the making, Joan Renault just wants to be like all the other girls in the small town of Monte Parish, Louisiana—obsessed with boys and swamped with social lives. If the other kids would quit calling her “hoodoo hag,” she might have a small shot at normality. It would also help if Joan’s weekend outings with her secret crush, Dave, weren’t always being interrupted by her dead Grandmere, the legendary Marie Laveau. After all, it’s hard to make out with your best friend when your grandmother is watching! But when you come from a long line of voodoo priestesses with dried gator heads decorating the wall of their huts, normal doesn’t come easily. When Joan witnesses the brutal sacrifice of a child to a tree Druid, she learns her Grandmere’s scandalous past has come back to haunt those living in the present. Hera, a vengeful voodoo priestess is determined to use the residual energy of Pandora’s Box to revive a sleeping voodoo god and declare war on the descendants of Marie Laveau, especially Joan. Suddenly, Greek myths are being re-enacted all over town, and Joan has her hands full trying to sort it all out. With the approach of Samedi’s Day—the voodoo day of resurrection—Joan must learn to accept her destiny in order to stop the approaching threat to her family and friends.
From the very first page this book is like a rollercoaster, it takes you round bends and presents you with scences that you never see coming. To me this is all the ingredients for a brilliant book.
All the characters are well developed and all have a purpose within the novel. There is definetly a clear dividing line between the good characters and the ones that are considered evil. This was done really well and I feel this will really help the reader rote for the good guys throughout the book.
I loved the Greek Mythology that was present within the novel, it really added a sense of uniquness to the novel. I have never read a voodoo book before that has contained Greek Mythology, this was a added bonus for me as I love anything that has an added bit of history within the novel.
There is a bit of gore present in this book but I feel that is to be expected within this particular genre. Myself I love a bit of gore, I feel it all adds to the setting of the book and ultimately helps to develop the characters.
Overall this was a very fast paced read and I read this book in just over a day. I recommend it to people who are already fans of the witchcraft and voodoo however I do feel like this book could serve as an introduction to someone who is not famialir with the genre.
About the Author
Mary Ann Loesch is an award winning fiction writer from Texas. Her urban fantasy, Nephilim, was published in July 2011 by Lyrical Press Inc. An avid blogger for All Things Writing and Loesch’s Muse, Mary Ann has also contributed stories in the horror anthology, All Things Dark and Dastardly. Her latest book, Bayou Myth, will be released in the summer of 2012. While she loves dirty martinis and cuddling with her dachshund, she loves fan mail even more!
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