Today is my first tour ever with Innovative Online Book Tours! Yey! So here’s Bayou Myth, one fantastic YA horror fantasy novel, which I got free for my honest opinion. And honestly, I really like it. Having read this and having a copy exclusively from the author is prize in itself. So let’s get this tour stop started!
About Bayou Myth
As a sixteen year old voodoo queen in the making, Joan Renault just wants to be like all the other girls in the small town of Monte Parish, Louisiana—obsessed with boys and swamped with social lives. If the other kids would quit calling her “hoodoo hag,” she might have a small shot at normality. It would also help if Joan’s weekend outings with her secret crush, Dave, weren’t always being interrupted by her dead Grandmere, the legendary Marie Laveau. After all, it’s hard to make out with your best friend when your grandmother is watching! But when you come from a long line of voodoo priestesses with dried gator heads decorating the wall of their huts, normal doesn’t come easily.
When Joan witnesses the brutal sacrifice of a child to a tree Druid, she learns her Grandmere’s scandalous past has come back to haunt those living in the present. Hera, a vengeful voodoo priestess is determined to use the residual energy of Pandora’s Box to revive a sleeping voodoo god and declare war on the descendants of Marie Laveau, especially Joan. Suddenly, Greek myths are being re-enacted all over town, and Joan has her hands full trying to sort it all out. With the approach of Samedi’s Day—the voodoo day of resurrection—Joan must learn to accept her destiny in order to stop the approaching threat to her family and friends.
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A teenage girl stood in the hazy glow. Unlike the other spirits, her form held solid. I got the sense that she drew energy from the surrounding spirits. Her lowered head made it so I couldn’t see her face, but the style of dress she wore dated back at least a century. Not surprising, really. Monte Parish could trash its roots to the late 1700’s.
The ghost lifted her head. Her eyes were empty sockets and rotted flesh hung from her face revealing bone. She watched me, and the hatred pumping from her aura sucked my breath away. Her head moved as if she were looking at Dave. A sly smile formed on what remained of her lips, and the hatred crawling in the air multiplied. She moved towards us with an unsteady gait. The closer she got, the sicker to my stomach I felt.
She meant to harm Dave. But not because he’d done anything to her. It was because he belonged to me. Though she never said a word, her intentions spilt off her and my psychic conduit picked it up.
“Let’s go. We need to leave right now.”
“What’s wrong?” Dave asked, but he complied with my request and closed up the tailgate.
The girl continued our direction. She raised a hand, and the sleeve of her dress slid back. Even from the distance we were at, the long white scar on her arm could be seen clearly in the moonlight. She pointed a finger at me.
You saw…the words hissed across the cemetery, raising goose bumps on my arms.
Greek mythology. Voodoo. Voodoo priestesses. Best friend. Crush on a best friend. Secret-keeping best friend. Young adult. Kickass heroine. Oh yeah, Bayou Myth has it all.
Don’t get scared about the author mixing Greek myths and voodoo. I got excited by the blurb but then I took a double-take when I read ‘Greek myths’. Because, how can you mash two entirely different realms? But that’s where Mary Ann kicks ass like her heroine. Because she did it. She oh so wonderfully weaved them that you won’t know what hit you until you’re addicted. I couldn’t keep away from the book and that proved to be difficult because school is getting busy again but I just had to read it and finish it asap. And by the end, I scold myself for reading so much and not studying. But still, time spent reading is time well-spent. Screw school, I’ll just review less. Hahaha! I’m not exactly being a role model here. Uh-oh. Anyway, so you get how addicting this book is because I even foregone studying just to read it. Bad girl.
The plot and the writing were tightly woven, intricate enough to get sucked in to this world, but not that confusing. I love YA horror novels because I don’t see much of them. It’s usually paranormal or contemporary or dystopian or some other more common genre. So I’m really happy to have read this and have it in my “bookshelf”.
So thank you Mary Ann for writing a wonderful novel. But it’s unfair that this book is apparently the first of a series and so I still have to wait and wait for the next book. But the waiting will be worth it, I’m sure. Read it guys and let’s talk about it once you’re done. I need someone to share with!
Thanks to Innovative Online Book Tours and Vickie for setting me up in this tour!
About Mary Ann Loesche
Mary Ann Loesch is the author of Nephilim, an urban fantasy published by Lyrical Press Inc, and Bayou Myth, a young adult horror novel. Her short stories have been published on line with various magazines and in the anthology All Things Dark and Dastardly. All three books can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords in both paperback and ebook form. An avid reader, Mary Ann finds herself a fan of many genres, including urban fantasy, mystery, horror, and even a bit of literary fiction.
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