Monday, August 27, 2012

Blog Tour: A Bad Day for Voodoo by Jeff Strand Review and Excerpt

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  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Source: Finished copy from the publisher for review/tour
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Overview

 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 ...


My Thoughts

OMG this book was hilarious!! First off, the FAQ that is in the beginning of the book was really funny so I was instantly excited to dive in. That is just the tip of the entertainment this book contains. I was literally laughing out loud at some points thinking to myself that Jeff Strand is awesome!! The whole book is one heck of a crazy ride. It's hilariously awesome from the first pages all the way through to the last. 

Tyler is just a normal kid who goes to school, has a pretty and smart girlfriend, dislikes his teachers, and has a psycho friend. Like really loopy, crazy friend. He goes along with Adams voodoo doll thing just to make him happy since apparently Adam went through a lot to get the voodoo doll of his teacher Mr. Click. (To get revenge for a bad grade which wasn't even Tyler's fault) Adam does not believe it will work, but when he pokes the doll with a pin and Mr. Click's leg explodes off of his body, that it just the start of a super, horrible, bad day for voodoo. 

As if things can't get any worse than blowing off his teachers leg and then accidentally snapping his neck, his psycho best friend freaks out and takes off instead of helping with the situation. When they finally meet back up Adam has a voodoo doll of Tyler to use as leverage against him so Tyler won't go to the cops. (like he would have anyways) Anything and everything that can go wrong pretty much does. They know they need to return to the woman who made the doll to fix this somehow. On the way they get their car stolen with the doll in it and then the true hilarious adventure starts. They get attacked by numerous people in different situations and have to go through tons of stuff to try to get the Tyler voodoo doll back before someone kills him with it. 

Okay I will not really go into the book because a lot of what they go through is right in the synopsis. Just trust me when I say that this book will have you laughing out loud. It is a quick and super entertaining read. I couldn't put it down. I had to know what in the world could possibly go wrong next for Tyler, Adam, and Kelley. I wanted to know if they would get the doll back and if they could even take away it's power if they did. There's even a really great twist in the story that makes things even more interesting. It's all so ridiculous and awesome that there was no way I couldn't love this book. It's was just really, really, fun!! This was non stop adventure. 4.5 out of 5 stars



Excerpt

How To Read A Bad Day For Voodoo While Doing A Hostage Negotiation

It's going to happen to a bunch of you. You'll be sitting on the couch with your brand new copy of A Bad Day For Voodoo. You've got a glass of cold milk and a plate of chocolate chip cookies that you've baked just for this special occasion. You open the book, giggle with anticipation, and prepare yourself to enjoy the very first word on the very first page...and then you get called in to negotiation a hostage situation. Aw, bummer!

Well, your afternoon won't be a total waste, because if you follow the below pieces of advice, you can do both! That's right, you can read the book and save innocent lives!

1. Purchase a customized bulletproof book sleeve.  If the bullets start flying, one or more of them could puncture your book and obscure important words. And let's face it, there's nothing worse than reading "And then his [Unreadable Due To Bullet Hole] exploded!" and not knowing what exploded! If you can't afford a special book sleeve, just cut a book-sized piece out of your bulletproof vest.

2. Don't let your boss see what you're reading. Your boss knows that you're a loose cannon who plays by his own rules, but that doesn't mean he won't get mad if he sees you reading on the job. That's why, for the low price of $39.99, your copy of A Bad Day For Voodoo can include a special cover attachment that reads Hostage Negotiation 101.

3. Share really funny parts with the captors. When one of the bad guys tells you that you've got thirty seconds to comply with their demands before they start shooting hostages, people are going to be tense. But nothing diffuses tension like a good laugh. Pick up that megaphone, read a paragraph or two, and watch those murderous frowns turn into smiles!

4. Remember that, in the long run, human lives are more important than A Bad Day For Voodoo. In a worst-case scenario, you may actually have to put the book down and actively try to talk the villains out of killing people. In that happens, just take a deep breath, wipe away a tear, and remember that you can still read the book when you get home. It's a pretty good book, but let's not get carried away.

Okay, so Jeff Strand is absolutely hilarious and I recommend this book to anyone wanting and entertaining read. I want to thank Sourcebooks for letting me participate in this tour!

15 comments:

  1. Sounds fun. I love books that make me laugh. Nice review.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. This was so funny. It was just what I needed.

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  2. This one sounds crazy -- in a good way -- love funny books and guy narrators ;)

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    1. I was so entertained by this book. I really enjoyed it.

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  3. This sounds like a really fun read. I read Hold Me Closer, Necromancer which also had a very comedic feel. I've love paranormal comedy ever since seeing Idle Hands back in the day. Gosh I loved that movie! Great review Amy!

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    1. I think you would like this book. It was very funny. And the way it's told is that Tyler is actually writing the book about the stuff that happened. It's very fun!

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  4. Wow, 4.5 stars? This sounds amazing, Amy! I hadn't heard of it at all, so thanks for the heads up.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  5. I haven't heard of this one. Sounds funny!

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    1. It was very funny. I had seen it on one other blog, but not heard anything about it besides that really. Then Sourcebooks contacted me about reviewing it and taking part in the tour and I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. I was laughing so hard at it!!

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  6. I'm so glad you liked this one! I was really excited when I was asked to review it/join the blog tour. It's such a funny and enjoyable book.

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    1. It was hilariously funny. I just let my 12 year old neighbor borrow it. He loves reading and whenever I have a book that a boy might enjoy that doesn't have tons of bad language or anything I let him borrow it.

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  7. I'm glad you liked this one I really have to check it out now! This book just sounds so cute and extremely funny! :) And I've never heard of a book that dealt with voodoo either O_O Thanks for sharing and awesome review! :D

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    1. Thanks hon!! It was a fun book!

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  8. Wow! Just based on the title, I wouldn't have really noticed this. But once I read the blurb and review, my mind changed. I love funny books told w/a dry/sarcastic tone. I'm glad I saw this. Great review!

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    1. It's so funny how it's told too. It's told like he's written the book. There's even a chapter that goes missing lol!!

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