Something strange is happening in the small town of Jenks - apart from the alarmingly high number of students from the local high school who turn up dead in tragic circumstances. So many have died, and there have been so many weird things happening that some people have taken to calling it Jinx High. One of the students is Derek "Deke" Kestrel, who has found himself in the rather surprising position of being the boyfriend of the most popular girl in school. Fay Harper is brave, bold, rich and not afraid to go after what she wants, and Deke is pretty content to go along for the ride - but when they are involved in a car accident that just doesn't make sense he starts to have the weird feeling that something isn't quire right. Deke isn't the only one who feels that something isn't right, his dad Larry feels it too - but he knows just who to call on for help.
When Larry reaches out to her Diana Tregarde is just wrapping up an author tour and is more than happy to spend time in Jenks checking out what has Larry worried - the fact she can go incognito as a visiting author for the honours English class is a bonus. Diana doesn't know what to expect, but the last thing she would have expected was a powerful magic user who knows how to use Blood and Sex magic. Someone has their hooks into Deke and the other students, and it is a real puzzle trying to figure out who. Deke is blissfully unaware of the danger he is in, and he has no idea just how close the danger really is. Finding a magic wielder is hard enough when they are covering their tracks - but through in teenage hormones, drugs, sex and rock and roll and you have a recipe for potential disaster.
I ran out of library books to read while I was on leave so decided to browse my own shelves for something to read and realised that I haven't read the Diana Tregarde series in a while - so I read the series from start to finish over the course of three days. Like the other books in the series Jinx High can be read by itself, and it is a blend of urban fantasy and horror. It is not my favourite in the series, but it is a solid read and has the added bonus of introducing us to one of the characters from her other series (the first time the SERRAted Edge books cross over with the world of the Guardians. It is a shame there aren't more books in this series because it has a great grounding in the real world and has solid mythology that makes the world of the Guardians very believable. One touch I love too is that all the books in the series have touches of other cultures which makes them more interesting than your standard "white man" magic story.
It may be tricky getting hold of the books in this series these days, but if you can get your hands on them and like authors like Patricia Briggs, Kim Harrison and Tanya Huff then you are bound to enjoy them.
If you like this book then try:
- Children of the night by Mercedes Lackey
- Burning water by Mercedes Lackey
- Blood price by Tanya Huff
- Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff
- Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway
- Spiders bite by Jennifer Estep
- Dead witch walking by Kim Harrison
- Angel's blood by Nalini Singh
- Cast in shadow by Michelle Sagara
- Kitty and the midnight hour by Carrie Vaughn
- Moon called by Patricia Briggs
- Cry wolf by Patricia Briggs
Reviewed by Brilla