HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Voodoo Vanquishing Vixen
Author: Harriett Ford
Publisher: Breath of Fresh Air Press, 2019
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 14 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Ford, Harriett. Voodoo Vanquishing Vixen (Published in 2019 by Breath of Fresh Air Press, P. O. Box 12, St. Clair, NSW 2759, Australia). Kaytie Flame O’Hara is a twenty-something investigative reporter for Beyond Fantasy magazine. A strong believer in Christ, she lives to take the mystery out of the mysterious, explain the unexplained, and expose the hidden dangers of the unseen. On a trip to New Orleans, LA, to investigate the supposed appearance of a ghost at the reportedly haunted Legende de Lafitte Hotel, she meets the handsome and way too charming Mr. Dax Larue, a twenty-something writer for the rival publication Supernatural Seeker, who is also in town to investigate the same spectral occurrence. After witnessing the phenomenon, Kaytie is kidnapped, along with her taxi driver “Tex,” by a mysterious voodoo priestess called Madame Chevalier, who claims that one of her ancestors was a slave to one of Kaytie’s ancestors and that Kaytie was prophesied by name to help Madame find a book that will give the unholy witch magical powers.
Chevalier seems to have the ability to appear simultaneously in two places and the power to create zombies. Kaytie’s life is put in danger as the woman won’t stop until she possesses Kaytie to gain the key to all her evil plans. Dax tries to help, and Kaytie begins to fall for him but finds out that he is not a believer. Her faith is tested to the limit as unbelievable things unfold before her eyes. Will her faith in God be strong enough to withstand the forces of darkness? Or does she succumb to the power of the voodoo? And what happens with her and Dax? I will have to say that this book has a good story that grabbed my attention from the very start and kept me turning the pages until the end. It is a faith-based supernatural mystery thriller, similar to works of Frank Peretti which we have read and enjoyed, with a humorous slant and also a touch of romance.
Author Harriet Ford told me that, as a former English teacher, she knows what kids are reading and that parents and teachers are always on the lookout for good reads. She said that the plot is designed to attract Harry Potter readers, but has a Biblical message subtlety tucked inside with a warning why witchcraft is forbidden by God. In fact, she wrote a note in the back of the book. “In sharing this information, I must also include the following caution. The Scriptures provide multiple warnings against seeking information from mediums and psychics, or consorting with the dead. The Scriptures are clear with regard to false prophets, witchcraft, and sorcery….Steer clear of the darkness and embrace the light of Jesus Christ.” Voodoo Vanquishing Vixen, which was a Page-Turner-Award winner by Faith Writers, is Book One in the “Hidden Danger Beyond Fantasy” Series.