A Bad Day for Voodoo by Jeff Strand

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 …

Since I finished A Bad Day For Voodoo, I’ve brainstormed a review that would suit the amazingness that is this book. Let’s face it, I’m just not clever enough.

I’ve never really been a fan of “comedy” books, I have such a weird sense of humor that it’s rare I find one that actually makes me laugh. (Same with movies!) Strand’s newest book is one of those rarities. The entire book I kept bookmarking pages and marking quotes.

A Bad Day for Voodoo is told as if the main character, Tyler, is writing the book – complete with little side notes that added to the humor. (Want a taste of the humor? Check out this promo post I featured in May.) Like I already said, I laughed. I actually laughed the entire book. Strand’s sense of humor is fabulous.

Strand has fit a little bit of everything into A Bad Day for Voodoo – cannibals, a zombie, and more. Yes, readers, I enjoyed a book with a zombie in it. (Another of my quirks, I dislike zombies.) Every situation is extreme, but it fits. (Squirting blood anyone?)

Tyler’s best friend has found a place that makes voodoo dolls. Tyler is wanting revenge on his teacher, but surely a voodoo doll won’t do anything? When it results in an extreme amount of blood and missing body parts, Tyler’s understandably distressed. Then when another doll pops up for him, he knows he has to go to all extremes to protect it and get it deactivated.

We follow Tyler and his friends and a cast of other creatures (and characters) in a very bad day. It’s quirky, it’s hilarious and it’s such a unique young adult title! I had never read anything from Strand before, but I’m definitely going to pick up more of his works.

As already noted, A Bad Day for Voodoo is bloody. It’s a dark comedy, if that’s not your thing – you aren’t going to enjoy this book. Everyone else is bound to find a bit of gory humor in this title.

I received my copy of A Bad Day for in exchange for my honest opinion.

Be sure and check back next week, I have a guest post from Jeff Strand that you’ll want to see!

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  1. Oh this sounds great! Actually, the first sentence in the synopsis already nearly sold me! Glad to hear you had so much fun with the book, and truthfully, I would have never given it a second chance if not for your review°!

    • Amanda says:

      Yay! Happy to hear you want to pick it up! It’s the sort I probably wouldn’t have picked up before I started blogging. Now I try to branch out a little more and keep finding such great titles!

  2. Liviania says:

    This sounds like a lot of fun to me! I love black comedies and zombies.

    I hadn’t heard of this book before, so thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  3. Alessandra says:

    Jeff Strand’s guest posts are kind of hilarious, aren’t they? I published one on my blog last week. It was about galleys. I’m looking forward to read yours :)

  4. Hey, thanks for the kind review! I’m glad that I could make you enjoy a book with a zombie in it. But the zombie isn’t in it very much, so maybe I just dodged a bullet there. My novel THE SINISTER MR. CORPSE is a wacky comedy like A BAD DAY FOR VOODOO (though with bad words and stuff) but it has a zombie as the main character, so that book could be the ultimate test of whether your dislike of zombies can be truly overcome.


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