Friday, June 28, 2013


I've found it. It's been a long time. Too long. I began to wonder if I would ever find it again—that relationship with a book that I can't put down for the story, for the plot, for the narration, for the characters, for everything.

The last book I read that really gripped me was this:

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The Unfortunate Son by Constance Leeds

And now, happily, rejoicingly, I can tell you about this book:

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Jinx by Sage Blackwood

Here's a description (probably from the book jacket...):

In the Urwald, you don't step off the path. Trolls, werewolves, and butter churn–riding witches lurk amid the clawing branches, eager to swoop up the unwary. Jinx has always feared leaving the path—then he meets the wizard Simon Magus.
Jinx knows that wizards are evil. But Simon's kitchen is cozy, and he seems cranky rather than wicked. Staying with him appears to be Jinx's safest, and perhaps only, option. As Jinx's curiosity about magic grows, he learns to listen to the trees as closely as he does to Simon's unusual visitors. The more Jinx discovers, the more determined he becomes to explore beyond the security of well-trodden paths.
And here are the starred reviews:

In this expertly paced, beautifully written fantasy, Blackwood elevates familiar fantasy elements with exquisitely credible characters who inhabit a world filled with well-drawn magic and whimsy. (Booklist (starred review) )

Blackwood fills her tale with drama and delightfully funny dialogue. (Publishers Weekly (starred review) )

Readers will thrill to journey with Jinx. (School Library Journal (starred review) )

[Blackwood] puts her central three [characters] through a string of suspenseful, scary situations before delivering a properly balanced closing set of resolutions, revelations and road signs to future episodes. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) )

Give to your child who loves Harry Potter. I think they'll love Jinx too.

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