Sunday, August 26, 2012

Review for A Bad Day for Voodoo by Jeff Strand

Title: A Bad Day for Voodoo
Author: Jeff Strand
Release Date: June 5th, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher (In exchange for an honest review)
Pages In This Edition: 252
Rating: 5/5 Stars

On the Cover:

A Bad Day For Voodoo

Beyond the Cover:

Summary from Goodreads:

"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 ..."


I loved, loved, loved, loved, loved this book. I had hardly any expectations for this book going in. I thought it might be a paranormal "boy book" with some gore, but nothing special. Boy, was I wrong.

For me, the thing that stands out most in this book is the voice. It's more like a person is telling me this story word for word, and less like a book narrative. And it works, and I love it. It drew me in instantly, and that's why I managed to finish this book in two sittings. Not to mention the fact that it was LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY. 

And I'm not joking when I say this. It literally had been holding my stomach in laughter. There were times where I would find passages so funny that I had to get up from my seat, stop reading, and find someone to show it too, so they could laugh with me. I just couldn't help myself.

This book also has me raving about it's craziness. When I thought the pace was about to die down, there was some insane plot twist that either had me laughing or had my mouth gaped in disbelief and horror. And though this book is tagged as horror (and not to say that some portions of it are not horrific) I found this book more on the dark humor side. It's bitingly sarcastic in every way possible, and I can tell that the author probably had a good load of fun writing it. At least it was easy for me to tell.

Oh and the characters were just grand. The hero of the story is super lovable, and his voice shines in a way that is incredibly believable. Adam is probably my next favorite (the best friend) because though he makes some REALLY REALLY stupid choices, he is that puppy dog type of character that makes you love him anyway, because you're afraid to kick him while he's down.

Overall, I would say this isn't probably for everyone, because it has a certain sense of humor and quite a bit of blood and guts, but if you think an outrageously fun adventure full of sarcasm is up your alley, you must give this book a chance.


Stephanie said...

I can't wait to read this...I love funny books!

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This was funny. Warped, twisted, shake your head "I can't believe I'm laughing at this" funny. The author has a talent for breaking the fourth wall in such a way that you feel like you're writing this with him. My favorite chapter was the one set up to help you pass a book report on this novel. LOL. Clever author. Insane book.

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