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review 2019-01-14 04:13
Review: Lipstick Voodoo by Kristi Charish
Lipstick Voodoo - Kristi Charish

Reviewed for Wit and Sin

 

Kincaid Strange, the best voodoo practitioner in the Pacific Northwest, has not been having a good time lately. After solving a series of murders that left her physically and emotionally worn out, all she wants is to get back to doing normal séances and zombie raisings. But before you can say “feral zombie,” Kincaid is up to her ears in problems again. She’s in debt to a sorcerer’s ghost, her roommate and best friend, Nathan Cade – ghost of a grunge rock star – is trapped in a zombie’s body, and now her Seattle cop ex wants Kincaid to look into a murder involving people from Nate’s past. It’s more than your average practitioner could take… But Kincaid Strange is anything but average.

Return to Kristi Charish’s fantastical and fascinating world of zombies, ghosts, and ghouls in Lipstick Voodoo. I loved Kincaid’s first outing - The Voodoo Killings - and couldn’t wait to see what happened next for the kickass voodoo practitioner.

Kincaid continues to be a great protagonist. She’s strong but flawed, smart but doesn’t know everything, and when her back’s against the wall, she’ll continue to fight, especially if someone she cares about is in danger. This time around, her irresponsible but loveable roommate, Nate, has gotten her into hot water. Nate is trapped in a zombie body and the clock is ticking for her to figure out how to get him out before Nate burns out. Nate has a fun personality and it’s easy to see why Kincaid adores him, but that doesn’t mean she’s blind to his flaws. Nate’s impulsive nature has gotten him into deep trouble and he’s got secrets Kincaid will have to suss out when supernatural murders strike and it’s clear there’s a connection to him. I loved watching how Kincaid’s mind worked as she unraveled the rapidly multiplying mysteries.

Lipstick Voodoo also brings the return of other fascinating characters. From the powerful zombie Lee Ling to the surprisingly interesting Mork to Gideon Lawrence, a sometimes-terrifying sorcerer’s ghost, there are a wealth of complex secondary characters that round out this story extremely well. I loved delving deeper into Gideon’s character in particular; he’s powerful, dangerous, intriguing, and I very much want to learn more about him. He and Kincaid have an interesting relationship and his insights into Kincaid’s character add to the story.

Lipstick Voodoo is a twisting blend of paranormal mystery, action, and the emotional struggle of a woman caught between the living and the dead. There’s a lot going on in this book, but Ms. Charish deftly weaves all the threads together to create a wonderful, engaging story. If you haven’t read The Voodoo Killings I highly recommend doing so before diving into this book (unless you don’t mind huge spoilers). I finished Lipstick Voodoo a well-satisfied reader, but I cannot wait to see what Ms. Charish has in store for Kincaid next!


FTC Disclosure: I received the ebook edition of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and purchased the audiobook edition. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

 

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2019/01/review-lipstick-voodoo-by-kristi-charish.html
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review 2018-12-23 18:11
Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo
Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo (Urban Fantasy Romance) - Angie Fox
Amie is a voodoo practitioner who also owns a voodoo shop. Her mom loved the wrong guys and Amie is adamant she isn't going to make the same mistakes. She breaks down and casts a spell for her to find her "one true love." That spell awakens Dante, who it turns out worked some magic of his own to be able to come back and find his "one true love." 
This was short and sweet. Amie takes some convincing. I thought this worked well as a stand alone.
 
 

 

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review 2018-10-17 09:40
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Emergence (Voodoo Butterfly #2) by Camille Faye
Emergence (Voodoo Butterfly #2) - Camille Faye

Emergence is the second book in the Voodoo Butterfly series, and we start pretty much where we left off. Sophia and Taj are still together, although things aren't quite as smooth as they were. However, trouble isn't far away, and Poppy ends up being injured. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and things quickly go downhill for Sophie. Add to that, Taj disappears mysteriously, quickly followed by Avi.

I'll be honest here, for a while I was worried this was going to become the ubiquitous love triangle, but Camille Faye managed to avoid that in this book. Now, I'm not saying it may not happen in the future, but for now, in this book, we're safe.

There is plenty of action and adventure in this book, possibly more than Voodoo Butterfly, and it is great to see Sophie growing in confidence and power. We also meet more of the Mambos, and find out more about them, which made for incredible reading.

I am absolutely loving this series, as it is exceptionally written, with no editing or grammatical errors that spoil my reading. The story is intricate and intriguing, definitely leaving me wanting more. With a great cast of supporting characters to round things off, there is simply nothing about this series/book that I don't like.

Fair warning though - there is still a mystery to solve regarding Taj, and it does end on a cliffhanger. I know something is going on with him, but I'll always be Team Jacques!

Definitely recommended by me!

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/08/20/Emergence-Voodoo-Butterfly-2-by-Camille-Faye
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text 2018-09-23 22:37
Reading progress update: I've read 266 out of 344 pages.
The Voodoo Killings: A Kincaid Strange Novel - Kristi Charish

now, he was a nasty soothsayer. besides that, I hope Kincaid knows what she’s doing, when it comes to Gideon.

 

shall finish this one up either tonight or first thing tomorrow; may go to The Pit-Prop Syndicate ahead of Funeral Music...just a swap in the order of my next two novels, not a substitution. anyway, I’ll see which is more tempting when it’s time to make the call.

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text 2018-09-23 18:06
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 344 pages.
The Voodoo Killings: A Kincaid Strange Novel - Kristi Charish

I’m enjoying this much much more than I ever expect to enjoy Urban Fantasy. part of this is because the humor does not seem forced, as if the author is over-trying, or trying to conjure up a sense of humor because the publisher/editor was promised a Humorous Urban Fantasy. I hate books that are trying to be funny, but the author reminds me of sitcoms that get canceled after four episodes. the humor here isn’t insisting upon itself, or Raymond Chandler meets cutesy, bad dialogue. just do a natural lightness, and relax with the cutesy-cutesy, a little.

 

other than that, I’m high on the Arabic angle that has snuck in, in terms of myths and magic - Jinn, elemental magic, etc.; but then, when I Dungeon Mastered D&D, I was an Al-Qadim guy. plus, I’m just constantly entertained with the twists and surprises. it flows, it flows really well. finally, the book makes me feel like I’ve been dropped into October 31st. a good Halloween (or thereabouts) pick. so...cool!

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