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Monday, December 12, 2011

Review: The Jinx by D.F. Lamont

Title: The Jinx
Author: D.F. Lamont
Publisher: Jetpack Media
Publish Date: September 21, 2011
Source: I received a copy from the author. This did not affect my review.

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You like adventure stories.
  • You're a middle grade/young adult fan.
  • You like a little fantasy thrown in for good measure.
What's the Story?:

From "The Jinx is the story of Stephen Grayson, a 13-year old whose run of bad luck gets so bad he worries he is endangering his family. Fearing he is cursed, he flees home to protect his family, only to find that he is in the middle of a tug-of war between a cult obsessed with order and misshapen monsters known as “Chaons” who seem bent on hunting him down."

My Two Cents:

This book is geared for young adult and middle grade readers with wide appeal. There's a little bit of fantasy and a little bit of mystery. I feel really bad for Stephen. Bad things just keep happening to him. He had a great summer but now he's facing things like almost getting run over by a car! He gets in trouble at school when before, he's always done just fine before! Then he, his brother, and his mom are in a horrible car accident. Stephen doesn't understand what's going on but he has a feeling that he might be the cause of his own trouble and he's not sure if there is anything to be done. 

I definitely think that younger readers will be sucked into Stephen's plight. The second part of the book when Stephen finally is able to put the pieces together and figure out what is going on will really pull readers in. He finds out that he has chaos power, a sort of idea coming out of old mythology. Some of the in's and out's of what this actually means may go a little bit over the younger reader's head but I think overall, middle grade and young adult readers will get a kick out of this new mythological story! This is a good fantasy!


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