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Jinx

By Jennifer Estep

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Format: Paperback, 307 pages
Published In: United States, 01 August 2008
Sparks are going to fly in this new superhero romance from the author of Karma Girl and Hot Mama, Bella would feel better about being born into a family of superheroes if her own superpower was something she could control-or at least use. But static electricity? That's less a power than a jinx. Then she stumbles on two things no supergirl should be without: an ubervillain and a dashing-if shady-stranger named Debonair. Bella's about to learn just how well love and danger mix.
EAN: 9780425220627
ISBN: 0425220621
Publisher: Berkley Books
Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.4 x 2.5 centimetres (0.16 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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I loved the first in this series, 'Karma Girl', although it was definitely over-written. 'Jinx', for me, isn't nearly as delightful as 'Karma Girl', and not just because I now know what to expect. If I hadn't read 'Karna Girl' first, I probably would have enjoyed this more than I did [and I did enjoy it, because Estep writes a lovely, light-hearted book with some depth], but having really enjoyed the character of Carmen in the first novel, I found Bella's character as Jinx a trifle annoying, just as Debonair, the superhero hero [no, that's not tautology], isn't nearly as oomphy as Striker. Still, the story of a don't-wannabe super-heroine who can't control her power of supercharged telekinesis is sweet and funny. You don't have to read the others in the series first, but it helps. A solid 3.5.
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I really enjoyed 'Jinx', as much as I did 'Karma Girl', and it's leads really show how far as a writer Estep has come - from the near-perfect Striker and straight-out-of-a-comic Carmen, it's a real jump to the flawed and lovable Bella and Debonair. Bella has _real_ reasons for wanting to be 'normal', and the psychological effects her family's activities have had on her are interesting and realistic, which is what elevates this story for me - Bella is truly suffering from secondhand stress/borderline PTSD. While the fact that this is a light romance means that this aspect of the story isn't explored as deeply as it could have been, the fact that it's present _at all_ shows how seriously Estep takes her characters and plots. Debonair's character, and the contrast between the suave seductiveness of his superhero persona and the crippling insecurity of his real identity, is also heartbreakingly realistic and believable. The secondary characters and their stories - Bella's grandfather's romance and the beautiful maneater who's finally found true love spring to mind - interweave satisfyingly, and in one case heartbreakingly. This is a thought-provoking story wrapped up in romantic cloth, and in my opinion, well worth the read.

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