Jinxed

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 16 Apr 2018

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher/author for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The synopsis of this book pulled me in and it did not disappoint. It is a murder mystery and has some dark moments.

We start our with a group of seniors in an elite high school that have to be the best in what they do. We get a past story of the death on the schools campus.

Now fast forward years ahead and a new group of kids that are in that same spotlight. Lanya is at the center of all this. She has a new boyfriend Max that is constantly fighting off her old boyfriend because everytime she turns around her ex - Dillon is there. Then the deaths start happened. At first...

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Jealous boyfriend, check. Good girl what won't have sex, check. Creepy ex-boyfriend, check. A cast of disposable supporting characters, check. A creepy masked man with a knife, Check. A mysterious secret past, check. This book reminds me a lot of the teen slasher movies that I watched when I was younger. Even though I prefer reading more unique storylines and plots, I absolutely loved this book. It made me feel really nostalgic for that feeling of watching a bubbly blonde screaming through the hallways, wondering if she was going to make it. I love that this is a book version of that. You don't know who is next or what will happen next. With plenty of suspicious characters, this...

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This book sounded so good, I really wanted to love it. Yet, that wasn't the case. This story is very detailed, so if you are squeamish in the least I wouldn't recommend it. I also had problems with the characters. I felt like they were all bad, and no one was really a 'hero'.
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Summary taken from Publishers Weekly: In this trilogy opener, a ruthless killer stalks the students of an elite performing arts school on a secluded island and ties each of their murders to a superstition. Layna Curtis, a scholarship student who never knew her parents, is at the heart of the deaths, as the killer picks off her friends one by one in increasingly gruesome ways. When Layna discovers that the events might be tied to the mystery surrounding her long-dead mother, she realizes that she's the final, ultimate target, and she must do whatever it takes to stay alive. Hutson, who's written extensively on films such as Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street, creates a...

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I wanted to like this book. The story idea was great and I really enjoyed the idea. You can tell that the author is screenplay writer though because the book tends to read more like something that should be adapted to the screen - very little is left to the imagination. At least I prefer my books to leave things that way. People who are squeamish shouldn’t read, because he definitely goes into details. 

Also my spoiler comment: there’s no way in hell she would have ever been left alone in that dressing room without security or someone else after the hell she went through and knowing he was still out there. No way.
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I found this book is not to my taste.  It is very well written by a talented writer.  However I found it difficult to get into and was unfortunatly not able to finish it.
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Jinxed
3.5 Stars!

Wow I love a fun creepy murder mystery/horror story.

Trask Academy sits on a small private Pacific Northwest Island once owned by the reclusive Cadogan Trask. Not only were the Man and the Island itself whispered about but also the School that had that mysterious and eerie air about it. Still the prestige seemed to draw those who sought what it seemed to offer even if it was no guarantee they’d leave the island alive.

Trask students are being murdered and when eyes turn to Layna she must prove it’s not her behind their gruesome deaths. Discovering the truth behind everything reveals more than she bargained for and soon she discovers the truth about herself.
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A solid slasher type book that screamed 80's nostalgia/Scream universe.

The beginning was a little slow in getting started but then it picked up and I was instantly taken back to my slasher film days.  Highly reminiscent of this fact and a solid read.
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Jinxed by Thommy Hutson is a horror story that takes place in a unique high school, Trask Academy of the Performing Arts, built on a privately-owned island off the coast of Washington. This school was created for the benefit of the gifted and talented children of the very wealthy. The remote setting is guaranteed to isolate the players in this horror mystery.

The tale opens with backstory about the death of a Trask student in 1998. Amanda dies in a fire that destroys the theater. Her last thought is for “the baby.”

The plot moves forward to the present where the main character, Layna, is just as mysterious as the setting. She is not wealthy but is somehow able to attend this...

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I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

This is most likely not your typical horror book. This is the most and I mean the second most insane book I’ve ever read beside from The Third Twin by C.J. Omololu. With every flip of the page keeps you on your toes wondering what could possibly happen next, or... who is the next victim.

• Plots: ★★★★
• Ending: ★★★★
• Descriptions: ★★★★★

I would definitely give a full five stars on that. The words, the setups, everything is just so vivid. The author do have a way with his words indeed. I could easily paint the picture in my head as I read through the pages, but downside is that it glued to your head...

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Jinxed is a cross between Scream and Urban Legend. Set at a prestigious performing arts school on a private island Trask Academy is filled with its fair share of secrets and drama. The plot centers around Layna Curtis a hopeful actress and her set of friends preparing for their senior showcase, something only a select few students are invited to participate in. Layna the understudy for the popular Sydney is suddenly thrown into the position of a lifetime when Sydney is found dead from an apparent suicide. When Detective Parker arrives on the island to investigate the school quickly goes into cover up mode. With only a handful of students and faculty on the island staying behind during...

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A little too juvenile for my tastes, even for a YA story.
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If you’re a fan of Fear Street books and old school slasher movies, this story will be up your alley. This was my first time reading anything by this author and I was very impressed. The writing was solid and the plot held my attention. The story centers around an exclusive private school that is on an island. Like all creepy old schools there are all kinds of urban legends floating around. Reading this book reminded me of so many horror flicks that I love and still watch today. As the story progresses secrets are uncovered and the outcome had me surprised. The reasoning was original, sick and a little petty which I loved!!  I will definitely be checking out more books from this author.
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Nostalgic horror at its best. I am a big fan of teen slasher films. I grew up with Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, SCREAM etc. So put a group of teens in an elite performing arts school with a sinister secret on a remote island, you have me at page one. This is fun and scary--and even a bit funny with the author's dark comedy overtones. It may even be a bit gruesome to some. If you are looking for a lot of depth in a literary journey and deep character development, you won't find them in a teen slasher flick and you won't find them here. But, if you want an entertaining mystery where you wonder who will get killed off next, and "who done it,"...

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Review by Sandi for Love Romance Books Blog

I was asked by the author or publisher to give an honest review of this book.
I give this one 3.75 tiaras:


This book is a little bit of a horror book. It rather reminds me of a Halloween movie. This author is the person, who at one point wrote the Freddy Krueger character. If you like these kinds of books then this book is a great book.
This book is a constant murder mystery and in all honesty, I had it figured out before I got to the end.
That being said, I couldn’t put it down to see if I was right. I was constantly waiting to see, who the next victim was, what was going to happen next, and what the main character Layna was going to...

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This review will be on beautifullybooks.blog on Saturday, March 10th!

You know that feeling, the one where you want to know what happens at the end of a book so badly that you read as fast as you can, and it's still not fast enough? That's how I felt reading the last 30% of this book. I was upset because I couldn't read and digest the words on the page quick enough. I tried really hard not to skip to the ending, but I almost didn't make it. My heart was pounding at an accelerated rate for the last parts of the story.

When I started this book, I was pretty excited, because the synopsis seemed really up my alley. I definitely liked it, but I didn't feel very...

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Jinxed was not how I expected it to be when I read the summery. It reminded me a lot of a Teen slasher movie. I found it very predictable, even with the twist at the end. I was disappointed that there wasn't more superstition woven into the plot.
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Honestly I requested this book for early review based on the cover alone. I love this cover! At first this book seemed a bit hard to read, rough around the edges, but I will say the very gruesome and detailed death at the beginning kept me going. THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR EVERYONE! I love a good slasher/thriller and this was it.I liked the point of view changes throughout this story. THE BIG SHOW STOPPING REVEAL! THE VERY LAST PAGE! This book took me back in time, back to the 90s-00s. One of my childhood best friends and I use to walk down to a hole in the wall movie rental place and completely raid the horror movie section. We spent a good portion of our childhood staying up all night watching...

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I received this ARC from Net Galley and am providing my honest review

I must say I was excited to read a thriller/horror I haven't read one in awhile so I thought this one sounds fun lets try it! I thought it was a fun read and an interesting plot concept. When I read the description I thought it was fun that it was based on jinx's like breaking a mirror, black cats, cracks, etc. However, when I read it I did feel that was kind of put on the back burner and you didn't get to see as much of that. You saw some, but I wanted it to be more about the jinx and how it got them!

The characters were done alright I didn't really connect with Layna or the rest of them much and...

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Trask Academy of Performing Arts is an elite, secretive academy set on its own private island. Funded by wealthy sponsors, it teaches only the best students the arts of singing, dancing, acting and writing. But in an atmosphere of intense competition everyone wants to be the star and as the bodies begin the pile up who will survive the show?

Jinxed is best described as a young adult fiction horror/slasher with some truly gruesome and well-described murders. However, for me it commits the cardinal sin of Young Adult fiction in that it tries to pass off some truly appalling writing as ‘Young Adult’. Whenever I see this happen, I always get offended on my teenage self’s behalf – my love of a...

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