Flash Review: Jinx, by Meg Cabot

Jinx, by Meg Cabot


The only thing Jean Honeychurch hates more than her boring name (not Jean Marie, or Jeanette, just . . . Jean) is her all-too-appropriate 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 when she’s halfway across the country, Jinx can finally outrun her bad luck. Or at least escape the havoc she’s caused back in her small hometown.

But trouble has definitely followed Jinx to New York. And it’s causing big problems for her cousin Tory, who is not happy to have the family black sheep around. Beautiful, glamorous Tory is hiding a dangerous secret—one that she’s sure Jinx is going to reveal.

Jinx is beginning to realize it isn’t just bad luck she’s been running from. It’s something far more sinister . . . and the curse Jinx has lived under since the day she was born might just be the only thing that can save her life.

My thoughts: I have always had a special spot in my heart for Meg Cabot’s works, particularly the novels in which she combines chick lit elements with the supernatural. If you’ve only ever read Cabot’s Princess Diaries series, or perhaps her Heather Wells mysteries, you might be surprised to discover that Cabot has an excellent touch with supernatural topics.

I once bought all six of the books in her Mediator series and polished them off during one lovely long weekend. More recently, I found myself a little bit disappointed with Airhead (only because it felt more like a prequel to Being Nikki) so I was pleased when I read Jinx shortly after (it’s an older release that I picked up from the library). In Jinx all the elements that make a great Cabot story are there, plus enough of the supernatural to occasionally send a slight shiver down your back. (Only occasionally, though – this is not a thriller nor a horror, nor is it meant to be.) If you’re looking for a light, interesting teen read with romance and supernatural elements, Jinx is a fantastic choice.

Where to buy: Amazon U.S. | IndieBound | Chapters (Canada) | Amazon UK

6 thoughts on “Flash Review: Jinx, by Meg Cabot

  1. Belle Post author

    Michelle, if you like the idea of the supernatural element, I’d suggest you also try Cabot’s Mediator series. Jinx is a standalone, so with the Mediator if you like the first one you have five more to gobble up as well!

    Laura, It depends on how “old” an eleven-year-old your daughter is. It isn’t as intense as the Mediator series, and it takes a while before you realize there’s a supernatural element to it, but the characters are older, around sixteen, so it’s more of a YA than a younger child’s book. I think if your daughter has older tastes, this would be fine – being a Cabot story, there’s no bad language and no gratuitous stuff, just a great story.

    I’ve emailed you a bit of a spoiler about the supernatural element, just so you have an idea.

    Beth F, I hope you both enjoy it!

  2. Belle Post author

    Kathy, just grab a copy of Being Nikki and then read the two back to back – I haven’t read Being Nikki yet but I’m sure that will solve the problem I had with Airhead.


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