This Wicked Game
THIS WICKED GAME by Michelle Zink is full of mystery, romance and voodoo. Claire Kincaid and her family have been a part of the Guild, a voodoo society for families in New Orleans, since the time of her ancestor, Marie Leveau, an extremely powerful voodoo queen. Life in New Orleans should be great for Claire, but she finds herself stifled by the craft her ancestor was so successful in. She doesn’t believe in voodoo, and is judged constantly by the Guild’s powerful families. Additionally, many secrets are kept from Claire and the other firstborns in the Guild --- not that Claire is interested.
THIS WICKED GAME confronts the ability of teenagers to take matters into their own hands, and shows the true import of believing in yourself.
But when a customer requests a lethal ingredient from the Kincaid’s voodoo store, Claire finds herself sucked into a dangerous world where voodoo isn’t just used for healing and protection, but for hexing and murdering. Claire finds herself turning to unlikely allies and banding together with the other firstborns in order to fight this new threat that the rest of the Guild isn’t prepared for. THIS WICKED GAME confronts the ability of teenagers to take matters into their own hands, and shows the true import of believing in yourself.
THIS WICKED GAME is a coming of age story with a different setting than most. This story takes place in New Orleans, the home of voodoo. It has a mysterious, dark feel to it, which the reader won’t be able to get enough of! The concept of voodoo is portrayed well, and doesn’t come across as cheesy or exaggerated. While there are many plot twists in THIS WICKED GAME, they are often predictable, and there isn’t much to keep the reader guessing. Still, the writing alone is enough to keep you reading, as well as the loveable characters.
Overall, THIS WICKED GAME is a unique, well-written novel that, while predictable, will keep the reader flipping pages till the very end.
Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board member on February 4, 2014