Bayou Myth [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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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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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014564014
  • Publisher: Dragonfire Press
  • Publication date: 4/22/2012
  • Series: Bayou Myth , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 450,764
  • File size: 277 KB

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Loesch is an award winning fiction writer from Texas. Her urban fantasy, Nephilim, was published in July 2011 by Lyrical Press Inc. An avid blogger for All Things Writing (http://www.allthingswriting.blogspot.com) and Loesch’s Muse (http://www.loeschsmuse.blogspot.com), Mary Ann has also contributed stories in the horror anthology, All Things Dark and Dastardly. Her latest book, Bayou Myth, will be released in the summer of 2012. While she loves dirty martinis and cuddling with her dachshund, she loves fan mail even more! Contact her through her website at www.maryannloesch.com.
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  • Posted June 8, 2012

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    'Bayou Myth' is a story full of mystery, magic, ghosts, and typi

    'Bayou Myth' is a story full of mystery, magic, ghosts, and typical teenage problems. I love books that deal with magic, so the fact that this one was centered around voodoo drew me right in. The story is set in the perfect place - the bayous of Louisiana - which makes it all the more mysterious and dark. All the characters, especially Joan, were well written and believable. I was instantly rooting for Joan to beat the darkness that was threatening her family and was cheering her along when it came to her romantic endeavors. The story itself was fast paced, flowed really well, and was a fun read - I didn't want it to end. I loved being transported to the backwoods of Louisiana and surrounded by the voodoo, ghosts, and dark magic that wound around the characters and the setting. I highly recommend this book to lovers of the paranormal and to those who love reading about magic.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Considering how many paranormal books I read it’s strange

    Considering how many paranormal books I read it’s strange that I haven’t read a lot of books about witches. This is one of those rare voodoo books.
    Main character Joan, or how her parents call her Baby Girl is high school girl who has some powers. She sees ghosts and deals with voodoo magic. She is still young and in process of learning so sometimes is difficult to deal with all paranormal things around her. Through this book she grows up and learns how to become better at what she's doing. The person who will help her the most is her best friend Dave. Although relation between them could become more than just best friends relationship. Oh another person who will help her is her deceased grandmother Marie. She is the ghost now and only person who can see her is Joan.
    If you're lover of voodoo stories with maybe a dose of horror then this book will be interesting for you. You'll enjoy in all different voodoo stories and all relations between characters. For me this book was really fun and fast read. Although Joan is too young for this story if you ask me. Someone more mature would be much better.
    All in all this is one readable and funny book. If you have time check it out.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

    Magic is nothing new in Young Adult novels, but very rarely do w

    Magic is nothing new in Young Adult novels, but very rarely do we get to read about voodoo! That alone will draw readers into this new novel by Mary Ann Loesch!

    Joan is strong and fierce. I loved her attitude!

    I personally loved the humor in this book. It is a bit darker with Voodoo and horror elements, but the humor is definitely something that lightens it up.

    This is most definitely one of those books that you think about long after you are done reading it. Warning, it will leave you wanting more! I really hope Mary Ann continues with this!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    The deep south, the heat of summer, swamps, crocodiles and voodo

    The deep south, the heat of summer, swamps, crocodiles and voodoo. Something that's always piqued my interest but I have very little experience with. When I had the chance to read Bayou Myth I jumped for the opportunity. It sounded like a fun, entertaining, if maybe a little creepy book to read and it seemed to hit on all that I was interested in.

    Joan Renault is a typical teenager, desperate to be normal while very much feeling not normal. Granted, not all teenage girls are voodoo queens in the making but what teenage girl doesn't feel abnormal every now and then? I was relieved to read a supernatural book where the odd teenage girl isn't involved in vampires or werewolves. This stems on something very real but still gives that edge that supernatural YA books provide. Throw in a crush for her best friend and ex-friends and you have a character that teenage girls can relate to (and adults can recall the general feelings they had as teens as well!).

    But the use of voodoo and notes (of which I am assuming are accurate) about the religion and its rituals were fascinating for me. Then I got to the awesome point of Greek mythology being tied into the story and I was simply hooked. See, I know my fair share of Greek myths and my knowledge of Voodoo deities is very small but I do recognize a lot of the deity names. To read something where faces and characteristics were placed in present day scenarios with the personalities of mortals was great entertainment and with every little oddity that occurred I thought, "What now?"

    With all that was going on I was entertained and wanting more. In fact, I was a little disappointed when the book came to its end. I wanted more. I wanted to keep going. And for me? If my biggest upset with a book is that it is over then that is a good sign. The novel had a few grammatical errors and proof reading misses but due to my past job experiences I tend to zero in on that stuff. It never did anything to upset the plot and could easily be overlooked. All and all, I really adored this book and I've already suggested it to a number of close friends. For having little to no experience with fiction pertaining to voodoo I think this was a wonderful start. I loved the characters (Joan and Dave forever!) and I just couldn't get enough of it. This very well may end up on my re-read pile for future literary adventures.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Hmm...

    The writing was very good, but I don't see why every character from the south tallks and acts so steroetypically. She used old word like gris-gris( gree-gree is how it's pronounced) and "Where y'at?" which was great, but not everyone talks with theses cajun accents and live in deep swamps. I should know, i live in Lousiana, but i would like it for once if the cajun side and modern side were BOTH represented. But I do recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Good

    Good. Wish it had a sequel...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    They send me E-Mail for A review so this is my Review DON¿T KNOW

    Don't know it is on my list to read have not got there yet OK
    I see A book
    OK maybe good mayby Not don't know I down load to Nook Read when I get to it I aint gotten to it yet OK
    They send me E-Mail for A review so this is my Review DON’T KNOW

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Best book ever!!!!!!

    I cant wait for the 2nd book to come out. I cant wait to see if dave will get a second chance joan. Loved the whole book hut the begginning was a little borring. Then everything stated to get heated up when joan went to ana's house.

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

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    As soon as I read the synopsis for this one I was sold. Voodoo a

    As soon as I read the synopsis for this one I was sold. Voodoo and Greek
    gods? Cool! Totally sounds like my sort of thing... Then I stopped and
    thought about it for a bit and I started to have a few reservations
    about whether or not the author would be able to successfully pull off a
    believable scenario that mixes voodoo and the myths and legends on
    Ancient Greece. So I went into the book in a state that was somewhere
    between excitement and trepidation. Excitement won. I read the book in
    two sittings. One that was about 1-25% (I only stopped because it was
    late and I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore!) and the second was the
    other 75% of the book. The fact that I sat down and read 75% of a book
    with no breaks says everything. I could finish the review right here…
    but I’m not going to. I’m not going to spoil how the author manages to
    merge the two very different cultures of voodoo and the Greek myths and
    legends, but I thought the way she did it was rather ingenious. It
    allowed them both to stay true to themselves without forcing either into
    an uncomfortable situation. I was so glad that they were mixed together
    in such a way rather than trying to shove two pantheons together and
    require them to work. The story itself turned out to be addictive. I
    was in one of those “just one more chapter…” phases. You know, the ones
    you never slip out of until you’ve turned the last page and then you
    have an oops moment as you realise just how much of the day you’ve lost.
    Oops. But it was worth it! I’ve never seen Marie Laveau portrayed in a
    positive light before so this was an interesting experience for me from
    that point of view. I was also captivated by the Louisiana bayou
    setting. For someone who grew up in the Pennines and the Alps, the bayou
    is a far cry from any environment I’ve known. That could be part of its
    mysticism and the charm it weaves on me. I loved how the author managed
    to really bring it to life for me, despite the huge distance separating
    me from it. Joan, the main character, was also very interesting. Chosen
    to be the next great voodoo priestess, she’s still in the phase where
    she resists her calling despite her grandmere’s consistent intervening.
    Of course, events line up just so and she can no longer ignore the
    destiny that is before her. I did occasionally get the feeling that she
    was a little too blind to things around her. For example, at one point
    she thinks she’s talking to her best friend and just blurts out her
    whole plan when he’s practically interrogating her. Only later does she
    realise that her best friend might not actually have been the one
    controlling the body she was interacting with. There was also a fair
    amount of exposition through dreams. This is not something that I’m
    usually fond of, preferring other means to be used to uncover secrets,
    but I have to say that it did work fairly well in this particular novel.
    I wasn’t aware that this is actually the first of a series. In a way,
    I’m slightly bummed out because I want to have the answers to my
    questions already – in the form of the next novel of course! Things are
    not really rounded off at the end of the story and a lot of threads are
    left dangling to be picked up come book two. I really want to find out
    how Joan’s relationship with her best friend, Dave, will progress now
    that she’s finally uncovered the truth about the secrets he’s been
    keeping. I’ve got my fingers crossed for them as Dave turned out to be a
    very decent guy. Possibly the very best thing about this novel is the
    role that the parents play. There are far too many YA novels out there
    where the parents either aren’t there or just don’t give a damn about
    what their teenage child is getting up to. In Bayou Myth the parents
    played a very positive role. They cared about Joan, gave her limits to
    what she could do (not that she always respected them) and helped her
    when the going got tough. There should be more YA books out there where
    the parents are portrayed in such a positive light. Overall a fabulous
    book. When’s book 2 coming out?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    Poor dave

    The main chracter should if given him a chance. WHEN IS THE NEXT BOOK?????? I NEED TO KNOW THIS AUTHOR CANT LEAVE THIS BOOK WITH A CLIFF HANGER LIKE THAT? IT AINT RIGHR

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

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    I read a lot of books and this was one book I could not put down

    I read a lot of books and this was one book I could not put down until I
    finished it!! Now I can't wait for the next one, I jut fell in love with
    her writing. Ms. Loesch pens "Bayou Myth" full of magic,
    voodoo, murder, spirits with characters that are strong and believable.
    I was impressed by the way Ms. Loesch weaved the myths together so the
    story line flowed easily. I highly recommend this to everyone who loves
    a magic, mystery novel. This review is based on a complimentary copy
    which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 5, 2012

    This is another one of those “I couldn’t put it down

    This is another one of those “I couldn’t put it down books”. If you have read the Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series and love the Greek pantheon here is a great new twist, (voodoo style).
    Personally I love anything located in New Orleans or the Cajon bayou. Add to that the paranormal aspect and I am so there!
    I really loved Joan and that she was so strong and yeah (KickASS). Being a Thank you, but no thank you I will save myself kind of girl, I could really relate to her. Her relationship and interaction with the great voodoo priestess, her Grand’Mere Marie Laveau is wonderful. I felt like I was there in the room with them. Can you imagine being mentored by the Great Marie Laveau and claiming her as a relative!

    I got a kick out of the ineptness of the snooty Ana. And, I have a huge old tree out back that I will never look at the same again….read it and you will see why.

    I would have no problem handing this book to any teenager to read, well done Mary Ann.

    A big 5 thumbs up to you!

    I received this book for free from the I.O. Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Sure to please

    Well constructed story joins myth and reality

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