Black Heart Loa (Hoodoo Series #2)

Black Heart Loa (Hoodoo Series #2)

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by Adrian Phoenix
     
 

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“An eye for an eye is never enough.”

Kallie Rivière, a Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a bent for trouble, learned the meaning of those ominous words when hoodoo bogeyman Doctor Heron targeted her family for revenge. Now, while searching for her still-missing bayou pirate cousin, Kallie finds out the hard way that someone is undoing

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“An eye for an eye is never enough.”

Kallie Rivière, a Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a bent for trouble, learned the meaning of those ominous words when hoodoo bogeyman Doctor Heron targeted her family for revenge. Now, while searching for her still-missing bayou pirate cousin, Kallie finds out the hard way that someone is undoing powerful gris gris, which means that working magic has become as unpredictable as rolling a handful of dice. The wards woven to protect the Gulf coast are unraveling, leaving New Orleans and the surrounding bayous vulnerable just as an unnatural storm—the deadliest in a century—is born. As the hurricane powers toward the heart of all she loves, Kallie desperately searches for the cause of the disturbing randomness, only to learn a deeply unsettling truth: the culprit may be herself. To protect her family and friends, including the sexy nomad Layne Vallin, Kallie steps into the jaws of danger . . . and finds a loup garou designed to steal her heart—literally.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439167922
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
06/28/2011
Series:
Hoodoo Series, #2
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
995,204
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

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Adrian Phoenix lives in Oregon with her three cats and travels to New Orleans whenever possible.

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Black Heart Loa 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
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LITERALADDICTION More than 1 year ago
Our Review [by Michelle L. Olson – LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha]: I’m a huge Adrian Phoenix fan, and have devoured all of her Maker’s Song books and the 1st book of the Hoodoo series, Black Dust Mambo, with gusto. Black Heart Loa picks up where Black Dust Mambo leaves off, with Kallie in a jam, her best friend, aunt, and love interest at her side – though dealing with their own dramas – and more upheaval than should be possible for 1 person. In a nutshell, this installment was as brilliant as expected, and an amazing page turner from beginning to end. In true Adrian Phoenix fashion, the characters were intense and deep, instigating a relationship with the reader from the very first introduction. Not only do we get a return of all of our favorites from Black Dust Mambo, but we’re introduced to an entire cast of amazing new characters as well. The only problem was that when the book ended, I desperately wanted book #3 so I could find out what happens next, and what will happen to everyone. Everything I look for in a fantastic Urban Fantasy was present in Black Heart Loa and more. It had intrigue, mystery, suspense, deceit, romance, magic, mayhem, and action, all wrapped up in a beautifully written storyline that hooks you, reels you in, and keeps you lusting for more. Three cheers for Adrian Phoenix and the Hoodoo series. I actually find myself hard pressed to decide which of her series I like better now after reading Black Heart Loa. LITERAL ADDICTION gives Black Heart Loa 5 Skulls, and would recommend it to all Dark Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy & Adrian Phoenix fans, as well as Paranormal Romance readers since this book had it’s fare share of hot and steamy moments. I wouldn’t suggest trying to read Black Heart Loa as a stand alone, however. You really need the build up and introduction that is offered by Black Dust Mambo, Book #1 of the Hoodoo series, to properly guide you into Black Heart Loa. Believe me, you will not be disappointed that you waited to read it in order to read Black Dust Mambo first; it’s an incredible series and should be checked out by everyone!
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lightbar20015 More than 1 year ago
cant wait for next book
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ThirstyFlea More than 1 year ago
This was a great follow-up to Black Dust Mambo- Kallie's world really blossomed to life in this second book. Once I wrapped my head around the fact that there wasn't a flesh & blood "villain" they were battling in this book, I really fell into the urgency of the whole story. We really get to know each character more- Jackson, Belladonna, Divinity- each had almost equal page time as Kallie, and opened so many doors for future exploration in this series. And we were introduced to some new characters (e.g. Devlin Daniels, Helena, and the whole Le Nique clan), that each promise more supernatural goodies to come! And the backwoods bayou setting and magic are almost characters themselves! I can't wait to see where Adrian Phoenix is taking this series!
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
I loved the humor, characters, multiple thriller plot lines and regional dialects in 'Black Dust Mambo'. But, I absolutely loved the desperation and urgency in this book. Oh, there's still humor, primarily supplied by Kallie's mambo-in-training friend, Belladonna; but what stands out for me in this book is just how skilled Phoenix is at writing multiple thriller story lines that literally keep the reader glued to the page. The beginning scenario opens with Kallie desperately trying to read the cards to determine the fate of her cousin Jackson. Her friend Belladonna, her aunt Divinity and the voodoo mambo named Gabriella La Rue, who's identity was stolen by Divinity, are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the card reading. Then, the house is raided by two rednecks with shotguns demanding to know where Jackson stashed their stuff. Eventually the women get the upper hand and learn that the rednecks followed three men who beat up Jackson, kidnapped him with his own truck and, then, buried him alive in a grave somewhere in Chacahoula, the home town of Dr. Heron, (the voodoo villain who tried to kill Kallie in the last book). The wimpiest redneck agrees to lead Kallie to the place where Jackson was buried, but Jackson must have been underground for about eight hours and may already be dead. Then, Kallie's aunt, Divinity, blows sleep dust in the face of the belligerent/aggressive redneck. An unknown power causes Kallie's heart to falter, and instead of the redneck falling asleep, Divinity does. A horrendous storm is bearing down on the bayou as Kallie and Belladonna race to save Jackson. Meanwhile Gabriella, the voodoo mambo left behind with Kallie's sleeping aunt and the tied-up but still belligerent redneck, summons the loa of death and resurrection, Baron Samedi, to ask him to preserve Jackson's life. Again the magic backfires. Baron Samedi appears, but his personality is capricious and somewhat malicious. The Baron takes the belligerent redneck for a cheval, and there's some sort of personality interchange with the vengeful redneck sometimes in control of the Baron's supernatural powers. The baron/redneck then disappears intent on punishing Kallie and making sure Jackson is dead. So Kallie has to contend with an oncoming hurricane, a capricious (often malicious) loa of death and the unknown magical force which seems to be influencing everything. The book continues by spinning a serpentine story with surprising twists and unpredictable revelations. Kallie's nomad biker love interest, Layne Vallin, is featured. (And, the spirit of Lord Basil Augustine is still with him.) Loup-garous of the bayou are also brought into the action. IMO, the only shortcomings are the absence of an identifiable villain and the lack of a climactic confrontation. Note, the story does reach an unusual and desperate climax; but, IMO, it's simply not as exciting as the first book's showdown with Dr. Heron. This is a solid and entertaining entry in this series that expands the cast of characters and strengthens the bonds among Kallie's family and friends. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys exceptional urban fantasy.
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