Review: Jinxed by Amy McCulloch

Amy McCulloch, the author of The Potion Diaries, is about to release the 2nd novel in her latest series, so we thought we’d re-read the first book in the series Jinxed, while we wait for the release of Unleashed later this month.

Lacey Chu has big dreams of becoming a companioneer for MONCHA, the largest tech firm in North America and the company behind the  “baku” – a customisable smart pet that functions as a phone but makes the perfect companion too. When Lacey finds out she hasn’t been accepted into Profectus – the elite academy for cutting edge tech – it seems her dreams are over. Worst of all, rather than getting to choose one of the advanced bakus, she’s stuck with a rubbish insect one. 

Then, one night, Lacey comes across the remains of an advanced baku. Once it might’ve been in the shape of a cat but it’s now mangled and broken, no sign of electronic life behind its eyes. Days of work later and the baku opens its eyes. Lacey calls him Jinx – and Jinx opens up a world for her that she never even knew existed, including entry to the hallowed halls of Profectus. Slowly but surely, Jinx becomes more than just a baku to Lacey – he becomes her perfect companion. But what is Jinx, really? His abilities far surpass anything written into his code or built into his motherboard. He seems to be more than just a robotic pet. He seems … real.

An innovative, original and gripping new novel from Amy McCulloch. Jinxed has a really strong female lead who are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) was lovely and refreshing to see in a YA novel.

The Baku’s are ingenious creation by the author,  a smart pet that both acts as a companion and functions in the way that a smart phone would.  We want one!

There was funny, sarcastic dialogue from the “bakus” which often had us laughing out load.

This is a story that draws you in from the first page and doesn’t let you go. A truly enjoyable read, and one you could read many times and not get bored of. We now cannot wait to read the next book in the series Unleashed!

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Written by Kelly McFarland

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