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May 11, 2016

Loved It: Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish + Guide to the Underworld & #Giveaway

Series: Kincaid Strange 1
Format: PDF
Release Date: May 10, 2016 
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Source: Author
Genre: Urban Fantasy

For the first time since we launched Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, Random House Canada is thrilled to announce the debut of a new urban fantasy series. Kristi Charish's The Voodoo Killings introduces Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner...

For starters, she's only 27. Then there's the fact that she lives in rain-soaked Seattle, which is not exactly Haiti. And she's broke. With raising zombies outlawed throughout the continental USA, Kincaid has to eke out a living running seances for university students with more money than brains who are desperate for guitar lessons with the ghost of a Seattle grunge rocker--who happens to be Kincaid's on-again, off-again roommate.

Then a stray zombie turns up outside her neighbourhood bar: Cameron Wight, an up-and-coming visual artist with no recollection of how he died or who raised him. Not only is it dangerous for Kincaid to be caught with an unauthorized zombie, she soon realizes he's tied to a spate of murders: someone is targeting the zombies and voodoo practitioners in Seattle's infamous Underground City, a paranormal hub. When the police refuse to investigate, the City's oldest and foremost zombie asks Kincaid to help. Raising ghosts and zombies is one thing, but finding a murderer? She's broke, but she's not stupid.

And then she becomes the target...As the saying goes, when it rains it pours, especially in Seattle.




Suspected of four murders and babysitting a newborn zombie, Kincaid Strange made quite an entrance in VOODOO KILLINGS. This series debut by Kristi Charish is set in Seattle with the city and Underground lit with zombies, ghouls, ghosts, and all manners of practitioners. The tone is more mystical sorcery than magic wizardry, and it feels light and such a fun adventure notwithstanding poltergeists and said killing spree.

I love Kincaid Strange, I mean, just digest the name! Not only is it telling, but it pops and has 100% retention don't you think? Personality wise, Kincaid isn't loud nor is she an angsty goth-like voodoo practitioner. She's an introvert, resourceful, loyal and protective. She's not your usual UF heroine, taking on a gang of crazies, guns and spells blazing, clad in her favorite leather pants and shitkickers. Kincaid's hand-on, capable and clever. It also helps that she's connected to some interesting creatures to help her get herself out of a jam.

And in case KCharish rings a bell, she also penned this other series called, The Adventures of Owl, and where Owl is riddled with fast-paced action, tomb raiding with Lara Croft-like feats, VOODOO KILLINGS is every bit an urban fantasy but with a different flavor. The novel focused more on the actual killings and voodoo versus whatever drama is going on in Kincaid's personal life. There's a boy, Aaron, but KCharish (thankfully) didn't develop this romantic slant made things all uncomfortable between the two.

I love the character Kincaid Strange and VOODOO KILLINGS is a strong, delightful, fun, creepy and atmospheric debut that ends in a cliffhanger. But don't be discouraged, if anything, the cliffie just bolstered my enthusiasm and I can't wait to know how Kincaid is going to fix this next crisis at hand. Write faster KC!



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Kristi is the author of a forthcoming urban fantasy series OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Jan 13th, 2015, Simon and Schuster Canada/Pocket Books), about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. She writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix. The second installment, OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS, is scheduled for release Jan 2016.

Kristi is also a scientist with a BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. Her specialties are genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology, all of which she draws upon in her writing. She is represented by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.


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45 comments:

  1. You know I'm a chickensh*t and usually avoid zombies, but I may keep this one in mind since you loved this and her Owl books. And Kincaid Strange is a pretty damn cool name!

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    1. If I get a pet, I'll definitely name it Kincaid Strange.

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  2. I started this one! It's not bad, but I'm not exactly hooked :/

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    1. Awww sorry to hear that. How did it go for you overall?

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  3. I love zombies. But is it fair to say, this has such an odd premise? I mean, are the zombies here "awake" or "aware"...you know, with like, presence of mind?

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    1. They are aware and awake and they deteriorate in time, there's also necromancy involved. I hope that helps, I didn't realize I should've expounded more on the featured creatures.

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  4. I love her name, and she sounds like my kind of heroine!

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  5. I love the name too! Kincaid Strange sounds like a fun character to read about... and I do love zombies!

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    1. I very rarely read zombies, they're not my preferred monster, this one was just right for me

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  6. Ah I'm jealous! I want this one!

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  7. I love that cover! I love that it's so fun too and what an entrance. Makes me want to read the book just for that. :D

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    1. Do enjoy if you find yourself with a copy :)

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  8. I've never been a fan of zombie stories but this one seems interesting.

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    1. It's not just about zombies, if that helps, it's really about voodoo and the magic that Kincaid weilds. it's cool

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  9. It sure is a catchy name that you easy remember. I sometimes have trouble that with names in books, although I usually can at least remember the name of the main characters, side characters on the other hand.
    Kincaid sounds like an interesting main characters. I have read the first owl book, but it was just okay for me, so not sure if i am willing to give this series a try. And I agree that a well done cliffhanger can boast your enthusiasm for the next book. Great review! And I am glad to hear you enjoyed this one so much.

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    1. Oh yeah, names are important. Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson, it should resonate.

      I love Kincaid, she's not loud like other UF heroines. She's more of a beta than alpha. :)

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  10. Ooh, another unique UF. I'm beginning to like those.

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    1. I prefer them over PNR, no relationship dramas hehehe

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  11. I'm an iffy zombie fan, but I do like the way this one sets up with the mystery and the world and the character. Nice review, Braine! I'm hooked!

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    1. I am too! So hopefully my enjoyment will encourage you :)

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  12. Ooo fun! I so need to get my hands on a copy of this!

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  13. Aw man, it isn't in ebook format. Damn. I may go the audio route with this, because it does sound really good.

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    1. There's no ebook option? That's Strange...

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  14. Oh this does sound awesome. So many great elements in one place! :D Thanks for sharing the new book.

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    1. You're welcome, I hope you added it to your TBR :)

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  15. Did I hear zombies?! Voodoo and zombies sounds like my kind of story!

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  16. I still haven't read anything by this author yet but I've been meaning to. *adds to list*

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  17. Look at that cover! It's absolutely gorgeous! Is it bad that I want to buy it just because of the cover? Don't worry, I'm not that bad! The book does sound really good. Great review!

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    1. If it helps, the story is just as good as the cover art. Buy the book, it's worth every penny!

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  18. This book sounds really good. I like the fact that it has all kind of supernatural/paranormal books. I want to buy it after reading this review.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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  19. Fun and creepy, my kind of book. Voodoo scares me.

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  20. That sounds like so much fun! I still have her other series on my endless tbr pile. *flails*

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  21. I think you had me at "babysitting a new born zombie" :') This sounds great. Will have to check it out

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  22. I enjoyed this book so much too! :)Glad you loved it, looking forward to the next one.

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