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Monday, July 9, 2012

BLOG TOUR: A Bad Day For Voodoo by Jeff Strand (Review)

Genre:Young Adult, Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
Publication.Date  July 5th 2012
Published By:  Sourcebooks Fire
WebsiteJeff Strand 

A Bad Day For Voodoo - Goodreads
My review copy:An eARC from the publisher via netGalley in exchange for an honest review
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When your best friend is just a tiny bit psychotic, you should never actually believe him when he says, "Trust me. This is gonna be awesome."

Of course, you probably wouldn't believe a voodoo doll could work either. Or that it could cause someone's leg to blow clean off with one quick prick. But I've seen it. It can happen.

And when there's suddenly a doll of YOU floating around out there—a doll that could be snatched by a Rottweiler and torn to shreds, or a gang of thugs ready to torch it, or any random family of cannibals (really, do you need the danger here spelled out for you?)—well, you know that's just gonna be a really bad day ...

Some teachers, when they give you a bad grade, seem like they're mad at you. Sometimes they're disappointed. Sometimes they're a little disgusted. Mr. Click always seemed delighted to hand out a bad grade, and he'd call kids out right in front of everybody. He wouldn't announce, "Hey, Kelley, here's your A-plus!" to the class, but he'd sure say, "Another D, Seth. That doesn't surprise me."
I wasn't mad at Mr. Click simply because he was pure evil. I was mad because we had a vicious test, the second of five tests that were each worth 10 percent of our grade, and I studied until my eyes figuratively dropped out of my head. And I don't mean that I was a total slacker until the night before and then did a desperate all-night, coffee-fueled cram session. I mean that I studied for that thing for a week. I mean that Kelley said, "Wanna hang out?" and I said no. And when she asked if I wanted to study together, I still said no because I knew we'd just end up making out.
"Nah, get revenge first. Egg his windows. TP his house. Leave a dead skunk in his desk drawer. Spread superglue on his chair. Spit in his coffee. Photoshop a picture and post it online. Have twenty or thirty pizzas delivered to his house. Get some laxatives and-"

     Featuring voodoo dolls, serial killers, thugs, wild car-chases, gun violence, and a zombie, A Bad Day For Voodoo is a sharp, quirky, and insanely hilarious examination of teen angst that doesn't stop short of being totally overblown (in the best sense of the word). This book will rock your face off, you'll be snorting your drink through your nose, rolling around the floor, and laughing to tears. It's a dark comedy at it's best, deftly written, lightweight, and as far from being plausible as it gets, but still entirely captivating and thoroughly entertaining. If you're looking for a read that is quick, fun, and blissfully free of introspection and existentialism - this is a perfect book for you

     If you think that getting a voodoo doll of your teacher to get back at him for giving you an F on the test is a good idea - think again. Sure it might sound like a harmless and fun way to get the mean, old bastard to jump around in pain. And how dangerous could it possibly be? After all it's just a doll, a pinch in the leg wouldn't hurt THAT much, right? Well, wrong. And Tyler Churchill learns it the hard way when the voodoo doll his best friend gets for him causes his teacher to lose his leg. Yes, you got that right. When Tyler puts the needle in the voodoo doll's leg, his teacher's leg literally falls off. And then next thing you know the teacher is dead and his best friend - scared of being ranted out to the police - buys yet another voodoo doll - and this time of Tyler. And it's only the beginning of his problems, because then the doll gets stolen and the two friends have to figure out how to get it back before someone - or something - decides to play with it. 

     It's a wild ride. You never know what will happen next, the plot developments are totally unpredictable. The story moves along at break-neck speed, its crazy, slightly dark atmosphere and jaw-dropping moments are sure to keep you focused and craving more. I couldn't wait to find out what will happened next! The narrative flow is very fluent, the dialogues feel fresh and authentic (despite the often bizarre conversation subjects!), and the overall tone of the book - insane yet weirdly entrancing - makes this book an unputdownable read. Will this book make you a better person? Slim chance. Will it inspire any deeper philosophical thoughts? No, not unless your teacher gives you an undeserved F and you decide to come up with a fun way to get back at them (bad idea!). Will you cry at the end? Um, na-ah, by the time you reach the end of this one all you'll have no more tears to cry, and you might be dehydrated, too (from laughing to tears all the way through). So does that mean it's a totally meaningless read that you'll forget as soon as you turn the last page? Absolutely not. I am still in shock after reading this book. Some of the things that happened within its pages.. wow! My eyes were bulging out in disbelief and I shook my head in amazement at least a dozen times! Jeff Strand certainly does not hold back, and I love him for that! His idea of entertainment might not appeal to everyone, some people will think this book to be a little bit too much over the top, a little bit too straightforward, and just a tiny bit too crazy. You definitely have to have a wicked sense of humour to enjoy this one. Thankfully, I do. I soak up dark humour like a sponge, and I enjoy comedies with an edge. And this one here is definitely one of the best ones of its kind! 

     That being said, A Bad Day For Voodoo is a book with a bite, and one that will have you aching from laughter. It's so wildly hilarious it could very well end up being one of the funniest books of 2012, so be sure to check it out. You'll definitely enjoy it!

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About the Author
Evie is the Blogger behind Bookish. She enjoys reading many different genres, especially YA, Paranormal, Contemporary Fiction and Fantasy.
She loves talking to authors and is always happy to welcome them for interviews, and guest posts. She also likes spreading the love for awesome books and  chatting with fellow book-worms.
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Amy said...

This sounds like an awesome book. I like that it's unpredictable, fast paced, and humorous. Fantastic review.

Nick said...

I've never seen this book before, but it sounds like so much fun !
The fact that you mentioned that it's one of the funniest reads really makes me want to read it right away.
Lovely review, Evie. :)

jeffstrand said...

Sweeeeet! Thanks, Evie!

Tanja - Tanychy said...

This book sounds awesome!! :) Maybe I'll check it out!
Great review!! :)

Christina Fiorelli said...

I love male POVs and this one sounds like a great one! Very unique concept. and I really like the quotes:)

Great review!

Steph said...

Great review! This book sounds really interesting and fun! It's definitely on my TBR list now. :)

Jaime Lester said...

Quirky? check! Weird sense of humor? check! Like dark and gritty? check! Like to roll on the floor laughing? check! Snorter? check!
I think I meet the criteria for reading and highly enjoying this book. The very first sentence of the blurb and I knew this one was for me. I can't wait to get my hands on it. Sure, I can enjoy a sweet, emotional roller coaster ride of a contemporary novel. But, laughter is my best medicine!
Thanks for your review of this book. As always, your review made me want to go out and spend money that I just don't have to get ahold of this book!

Danielle Smiley said...

Loved your review! It makes me want to read this all the more!


Isa said...

The cover of this book attracted me so I've been interested in reading it but this review totally makes me wish I had it now. I love unpredictable books and this sounds extremely enjoyable! :D

ruby ragar said...

I tried to go look at purchasing at amazon kidle and your link took me to another book. Just a heads up. I am going to look for it on my own.

Holly Bryan said...

What a great review!! I've been wanting this book for a while now, and reading your review has reminded me of how much I'm looking forward to it!! I think I just teared up laughing just from reading the quotes and description of the book again! I could use a good comedy like this right now. Hopping over to Amazon this minute! Thank you!!

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