Book Review: Something Like Voodoo by Rebecca Hamilton #ya #amreading
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, Rebecca Hamilton, is releasing her first young adult paranormal romance.
High School can be a witch.
A teen girl with the ability to predict deaths through her drawings shouldn’t need to lie constantly to make her life sound interesting. But that doesn’t stop Emily from spinning stories faster than she can keep up.
After transferring to a new school, Emily’s ‘dull’ life is shaken by the appearance of a boy who seems unfazed by her far-fetched stories. A too-handsome-for-his-own-good senior, Noah has some secrets of his own. He needs Emily’s special gift to save him from Sarah, queen bee of the school’s It Girls, whose own supernatural abilities have forced him into a life of silence and solitude.
But when Emily tries to free him from Sarah’s voodoo curse, things go belly up, landing Emily on Sarah’s hit list. Soon, Emily and Noah are on a collision course with the It Girls, leading to a shocking revelation that ties them together in unimaginable ways. If their powers remain unchecked, this teenage popularity contest could spell the death of them all …
Romantically charged and eerily chilling, Something Like Voodoo weighs the choice of saving your life versus fighting for a life worth saving. This young adult paranormal romance will put a spell on you.
This is by far, Hamilton’s best work, and that’s saying something. I loved every page, and devoured this novel in one day. Seeing it end was like being forced to watch a good friend walk away. Get ready for symptoms of a serious book hangover. Something Like Voodoo is about a young girl, Emily, with a very unique ability. She can tell when people are about to die. Despite having such a spectacular ability, her life seems pretty dull. Let me just take a moment to gush about Emily. Loved everything about her. YA heroines tend to be written very much to formula. They’re beautiful, but plain. Clumsy, but super skilled in some unrealistic way. Not Emily, she feels SO real. A breath of fresh air in an overworked genre.
Anyway, she moves to a new town in the wake of tragedy. Enter Noah, another character you will fall in love with. I loved their chemistry. I even loved how one of the side characters tried to convince Emily to stay away from Noah. It added to the realism of the story.
I don’t remember being bored a single second while reading this. Action packed, wildly entertaining, and full of just enough sweet romance, Something Like Voodoo will leave you spelled.