It’s not easy being Jinx.
Jean Honeychurch hates her boring name (not Jean Marie, or Jeanette, just . . . Jean). What’s worse? Her all-too-appropriate nickname, Jinx. Misfortune seems to follow her everywhere she goes—even to New York City, where Jinx has moved to get away from the huge mess she caused in her small hometown. Her aunt and uncle welcome her to their Manhattan town house, but her beautiful cousin Tory isn’t so thrilled. . . .
In fact, Tory is hiding a dangerous secret—one that could put them all in danger. Soon Jinx realizes it isn’t just bad luck she’s been running from . . . and that the curse she has lived under since the day she was born may be the only thing that can save her life.
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This story was great. Jinx is a small town girl who moves to the city to escape the effects of her one and only foray into magic.
The way it plays out isn’t over the top. It leaves enough in either direction for the characters and the reader to draw their own conclusions about whether or not Jean’s and Tory’s magic is real. Though I think the real strength of this story is the fact that it doesn’t depend on the actual magic to provide conflict and danger.
I also thought the characters were great. Jean’s character arc is believable and she is likeable. Tory as a nemesis is perfect for this story. I think the author did a fantastic job of building sympathy for Tory while showing her for what she is.
The romance was also nice. I liked how it played out in the context of the overall story.
Overall I loved this story. It is a satisfying standalone in the paranormal fantasy genre. Folks who love a bit of magic, danger and romance in a YA setting will likely enjoy this, too.
I borrowed the audiobook from the library. Very well narrated. Haven’t heard this narrator before, but she was well chosen to be the voice of Jinx.
About Meg Cabot
Meg Cabot was born in Indiana during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign, but has been working hard ever since to give herself a happy ending. Her books for both adults and tweens/teens have included multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers, selling well over 25 million copies worldwide. Her Princess Diaries series has been published in more than 38 countries and was made into multiple hit films by Disney. Meg’s numerous other award-winning books include the Mediator series and the Heather Wells mystery series. Meg Cabot (her last name rhymes with habit, as in “her books can be habit forming”) currently lives in Key West with her husband.