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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,058 ratings  ·  299 reviews
Lacey Chu has big dreams of becoming a companioneer for MONCHA, the largest tech firm in North America and the company behind the  "baku" - a customisable smart pet that functions as a phone but makes the perfect companion too. When Lacey finds out she hasn't been accepted into Profectus - the elite academy for cutting edge tech - it seems her dreams are over. Worst of all ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Sourcebooks Young Readers (first published August 9th 2018)
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Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Yes I know I'm probably too old for this, but it's such good fun!

Lacey Chu lives in a world filled with ‘baku’, robot animal companions created by tech giant MONCHA. Conceived as replacements for mobile phones, the company hit on a whole new way for people to connect to the world and each other. Lacey dreams of being part of it, a companioneer designing new smart pets and upgrades for the ever growing market. But when she doesn’t get into the specialist feeder school, Profectus, all her plans fo
Alice (Married To Books)
3.5 out of 5 stars!

I have some mixed feelings about Jinxed... the main robotic cat is this is called Jinx which is the name of my cat... so, my cat is famous! Kind of XD

But in all seriousness, I loved the premise behind the story. Set in a futuristic world involving bakus (robotic animals) instead of using mobile phones in everyday life. Lacey originally gets rejected for her dream school. But on stumbling onto Jinx, she learns that she will be attending after all. Along the way, she makes new f
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! So entertaining! Just a fun book to read!

Lacey Chu dreams of working for MONCHA Corp, a large tech firm that makes digital pets called Baku. She's 12 and her biggest goal in life is to be a companioneer, creating Baku. Lacey's plans are in jeopardy when she is turned down for a spot at the Profectus Academy in Toronto. Just as she thinks her life is over before it really got started, she finds a damaged Baku. As she repairs it, the little digital cat somehow gets her a spot in
Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff
Holy. This was amazing from start to finish! And that ending!! I wanted to scream!
It was just so wow. It kind of gave me metabots feel, but with school, golden compass and more!
Even though I never completely fell in love with Jinxed, it was a super fun read. I've been meaning to read the book for ages because the premise is so cool - the people of the world now run around with bakus by their side. Bakus are basically robots in the shape of pets that allow you to read your e-mails, make your phone calls, and everything else a smartphone can do, but because of the connection you form with your baku, they become the ultimate companion.

Except for Jinx, a special baku who b
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More Pokemon meets Robot wars than The golden compass meets Hunger games.

Lacey Chu, high achieving student and self taught engineer extrordinare, fails to get into Profectus - the special training school that trains students for futures in technology and possible careers at MONCHA. MONCHA are the leading tech company and responsible for baku, the smart phone, pet, companion hybrid. Not getting into Profectus means that rather than a deluxe level 3 baku, Lacey is destined to have a level 1 insec
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
This was such a fun book to read!!

It was a wonderful first book in the series and I can't wait to read the next one!

It's an amazing book centered around STEM (mostly engineering) and especially women in STEM, which is just great to see in YA!

I really enjoyed the characters and tbh I'm not really sure what happened towards the end. So much is left up in the air, and there is so much mystery! I need to know!!! D:

I would 100% recommend giving this one a go if a women led STEM / sci-fi books wit
Cora Tea Party Princess
Ooops I read this under the table at work?

Review to come on release. But DAMN IT'S GOOD.

Read my review first on my blog.
Sci-Fi & Scary
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed most of this novel but the ending has me ready to scream because it feels too cliff-hangerish.

Need to think more on it before I write up a proper review.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jinxed is a fun, near-futuristic science-fiction novel that will appeal to young teen readers, especially those interested in STEM.

Lacey Chu’s one dream is to become a companioneer with the biggest tech company Moncha, the creators of the Baku - part smartphone part animal companion. But when she is rejected entry to the prestigious academy Profectus, a second chance unexpectedly arrives in the form of a broken Level 3 Baku. Lacey spends the summer fixing the robotic cat before joining her new
Melanie Dulaney
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, middle-grades
Middle grades and YA readers of sci-fi and action/ adventure with get all that and more from McCulloch’s series opener “Jinxed.” Cell phones and tablets are completely outdated and instead, everyone has an engineered insect or mammal, called a baku, that is tricked out to do everything today’s smart phones and computers can, but can also become attuned to their owners needs and feelings. Lacey is a STEM whiz with her sights set on working for the premier technology firm and getting into a presti ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-box-club
I need a Baku! Jinx was sassy and wonderful, and definitely my favourite character.

I did really like Lacey and how good she was at companioneering, she was awesome. I less liked her suddenly being a dizzy muppet over a boy, but other than that her character was fab and really worked for me.

I got proper protective over the bakus in battle, my babies!!

I definitely need to know more about Lacey’s dad and also about Monica too. There’s so much intrigue there and not enough information!! I loved th
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

I liked the concept of this book but ultimately I think the middle grade level was maybe not the best decision for it. There were a lot of holes and just flat out weird things in the world building from my point of view.

Everyone in this world uses bakus - robotic animals that are basically like your cell phone / computer - and the bakus are supposed to also be like pets or friends but then Lacy gets into the school run by the woman who invented
Beth Cato
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

This tense, smart middle grade book establishes a near-future Earth where only the poorest people have smart phones. Anyone who’s anyone has a baku, which is a companion robot, computer, and accessory all in one. Lacey Chu is a brilliant young engineer with her hopes set on getting into an elite school that fast-tracks graduates to the Moncha corporation, where Monica Chan invented bakus. Lacey is devastated when she isn’t accepted, and embar
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A fascinating premise in which smart phones are replaced with robo companions called Bakus. I don't know what happened to all the real animals, but the Bakus are pretty cool. Lacey's ambition in life is to be an engineer at MONCHA, the company that designs the Bakus. She has skills and uses them to get herself into the school she needs to realize that ambition. Cracks begin to form in the MONCHA facade as she gets a closer look. There are Baku battles which add a new level to the narrative and r ...more
I like YA books, Science Fiction and cats and JINXED has all these elements rolled into one story. I loved, at first, the idea of having a Baku – but these gorgeous little critters go above and beyond being a communications device and companion. Baku are increasingly social status markers, the higher you rise within the company, or society, the more complex in both design and size your Baku gets to be. This works the other way too the lower you are the less impressive is your Baku.

Lacey Chu’s o
Ms. Yingling
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Netgalley

Lacey has always dreamed of attending Profectus school, which is geared to students who want to be Companioneers for Moncha Corporation. She has always tinkered with machinery and computers, and is excited about getting a baku of her own-- the android animals that are the digital communication devices of choice in her society. When she doesn't get in, she is crushed, but after rescuing her best friend Zora's baku, she ends up with a cat that has characteristics unusual
Medusa  Bren De wit
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Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much fun and so easy to read. I love Lacey she is a science girl and there are so few of them in YA. So yeah for her. A lot of action, a lot of family stuff and robot. I really have a great time while reading this book.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most badass robotcat in the world.
Karen Barber
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A 4.5 star rating, but only because that ending was brutal!
Lacey Chu is a fantastic engineer. She harbours dreams of working for MONCHA, a leading firm behind the concept of the baku - robotic companions that also act as phones. Unfortunately, it looks like her dream will fall at the first hurdle when she’s not accepted at the special school linked to the company.
With her dreams seemingly in tatters Lacey is not thinking straight when she tries to rescue her best friend’s baku and ends up findin
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Friendship is about choice, not obligation.

I adored this book 😍 I'm normally quite off put about the thought of robots and advancing technology, and I'm really not a pet person...but I absolutely LOVED the thought of a Baku!
Jinx had so much sass and a great personality, Lacey wasn't a perfect character- she made a lot of mistakes- but that endeared her to me more and made her more realistic.
I can't wait to read the second book!
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Argh, I absolutely adored this, and I'm so excited to think that this is a part of a series and not just a stand alone, because I am so not done with this yet. I love cats, and that's what first appealed to me with this cover, but then you throw into the ring that they're ROBOTIC animals that kind of act like a smartphone but with more personality, and well Jinx. Jinx absolutely makes this book.

I said in my status update t
Zoë ☆
Well that was a pretty fun read!! Though I don't think I was the audience for this book (I'm probably too old) and I'm not that much into technology, it was still an interesting read. Especially now when children are more into technology, I think this would be a fun read for a lot of kids! ...more
Miranda Excell-Smith
I absolutely adored the plotline for this, not only because having a robot pet that talks to you and thinks like you do has been my ultimate dream for my entire life; but also because it drew me in so much that I literally read it in one sitting. Not a single GoodReads update. It was simply too good!!!
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
All the way till the end, really enjoyed this one and than felt like a last few chapters were missing. But still. Very good
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solder! Electronics! Coding! and Bakus! what else could my engineering bookish heart wish for?
SJH (A Dream of Books)
Review to follow...
Okay, I loved that one.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little hesitant to begin with especially when the boy mooning got a bit much but the last third of the book was brilliant and the ending killed me. I want more. Now.
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Amy McCulloch is a Chinese-White author, born in the UK, raised in Ottawa, Canada, now based in London, UK. She has written seven novels for children and young adults, and been published in over ten different languages.

Before becoming a full-time writer, she was editorial director for Penguin Random House Children’s Books. In 2013, she was named one of The Bookseller‘s Rising Stars of publishing.


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