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JINX by Meg Cabot

Chick Lit meets the Paranormal


The only thing Jean Honeychurch hates more than her name is her nickname, Jinx. Misfortune seems to follow her everywhere she goes—which is why she’s thrilled to be moving in with her aunt and uncle in New York City. Maybe she can outrun her bad luck.

But trouble follows her to New York. And it’s causing big problems for her cousin Tory, who isn’t happy for Jinx to be around. Tory is hiding a secret-one that she’s sure Jinx is going to reveal.

Jinx starts to realize it’s not just bad luck she’s running from. It’s something more sinister and the curse she’s lived under since the day she was born might be the only thing that can save her life.

I love Meg Cabot’s books. But my all time favorites are her paranormal ones. I’m a big fan of her Mediator series. I even got to meet her editor, Abigail McAden, at a SCBWI Editor’s day.

Fans of Meg Cabot will not be disappointed in her latest book. Jinx is a fast-paced chick lit paranormal that has the usual humor of Cabot’s earlier works.

I loved the main heroine Jean. Her down to earth attitude is refreshing among the Upper crust teens of New York City. You can’t help but hope things turn out for her. Her witchy cousin Tory’s attics bring tension to the story. And of course, there’s the hottie next-door-neighbor Zach who seems to be interested in Jean though she refuses to accept it.

This is Cabot’s best YA paranormal yet. I’m hoping for another book. I’d love to see what happens to Jean the following year. Somehow I doubt Tory will give up her idea that she has inherited the powers that were passed down from their ancestor.

For those interested in reading the story behind the novel check out Meg Cabot’s site. Here’s some info about her own ancestor:

Parts of JINX are actually based on a true story.

"My great-great-great (and so on) grandmother was burned at the stake in England for practicing witchcraft (though according to my family, she was a healer, not the pawn of Satan she was accused of being)!"

I recommend this book to not only Cabot fans but to those who want a fast-paced YA paranormal. Trust me, there’s nothing jinxed about this book.

JINX is a Cybil nominated book.