Monday, March 23, 2020

Review - Jinxed (Jinxed, #1) by Amy McCulloch

Title: Jinxed (Jinxed, #1)
Author: Amy McCulloch
Pages: 323
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK
Release Date: 9th August 2018

Blurb from Goodreads:

Lacey Chu has big dreams of working for the company behind the  'baku' - a customizable smart pet that functions as a phone but makes the perfect companion for its user. The only problem is, she's just been rejected from Profectus Academy - the elite academy for cutting-edge tech. 

Then Lacey meets Jinx... Jinx is an incredibly advanced cat baku who opens up a world that Lacey never new existed, including entry into the hallowed halls of Profectus. But what is Jinx, really? His abilities far surpass anything written into his coded. He seems to be more than just a robotic pet.

He seems ... real.

My Review:
*I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK Children's and NetGalley*

Lacey Chu lives in a version of Canada where, at a certain age, everyone gets a 'baku' - a robot pet crossed with a smartphone.

Lacey dreams of working for the company that makes bakus, but her dreams are left in tatters when she doesn't get approved for a place at the Profectus Academy.

Then Lacey encounters Jinx, a cat baku who does things that normal bakus don't.

Suddenly Lacey's dream is back on track after being accepted into the Profectus Academy.

Lacey will need to be careful to avoid Jinx catching any unwanted attention, especially as he seems to have a mind of his own.

What is Jinx?

Who made him?

The concept of bakus intrigued me and I can definitely imagine people having something similar in the future. I would definitely want one.

Lacey was a likeable and relatable protagonist. I thought she handled things pretty well.

Jinx was probably my favourite character. I liked how sassy he was at times.

The plot was interesting and held my attention, but I wasn't gripped or blown away. 

At the moment I don't think I will be reading the sequel as I don't feel that I need to.

The writing style was very easy to read and I found myself reading quite quickly.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read.

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