Books by Catherine Jinks

Catherine Jinks is the author of the young adult books Eglantine, Eloise, and Eustace and the adult novels Der Inquisitor, Pagan's Crusade, Pagan in Exile, and Pagan's Vows.

THE LAST BOGLER by Catherine Jinks
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Better in its parts than its whole—but even second-drawer Jinks tops the general run. (map, glossary of slang) (Historical fantasy. 10-13)"
Weary "Go-Devil Man" Alfred Bunce and his uncertain apprentice, Ned, face a seemingly overwhelming plague of child-eating bogles in this busy trilogy closer. Read full book review >
A PLAGUE OF BOGLES by Catherine Jinks
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Hints at the end of a larger story arc notwithstanding, this continuation never develops much steam or clear direction. (glossary of monsters and period slang) (Historical fantasy. 10-13)"
Jinks returns to Victorian London's fetid stews and ragged demimonde in this sequel to How to Catch a Bogle (2013).Read full book review >
HOW TO CATCH A BOGLE by Catherine Jinks
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Jinks opens her projected trilogy in high style, offering a period melodrama replete with colorful characters, narrow squeaks and explosions of ectoplasmic goo. (glossary of slang and monster types) (Historical fantasy. 10-13)"
Child-eating bogles infest Victorian London, providing work aplenty for "Go-Devil Man" Alfred Bunce and his intrepid young apprentice, Birdie. Read full book review >
SAVING THANEHAVEN by Catherine Jinks
Released: July 9, 2013

"Clever, thought-provoking fun for all—especially for technology geeks and those who love them. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Iconic characters struggle between tyranny and anarchy when the computer game that they live within is attacked by a virus. Read full book review >
PARADISE TRAP by Catherine Jinks
Released: April 24, 2012

"A breathless escapade, featuring several horror-show tropes leavened with hints of satire. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Two vacationing families fall afoul of a deadly predator from Greek mythology. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2011

The satire isn't all that's biting in this darkly comedic sequel to The Reformed Vampire Support Group (2009). Archetypically sullen and uncommunicative teen Toby is thrown for a loop after waking up the morning after a full moon naked in a nearby wildlife park. He finds himself caught between the smothering attentions of his annoyingly smart adoptive mother and the bizarre but enticing warning delivered by a scarred, dangerous looking stranger named Reuben that he's a werewolf. Barely has Toby begun to take that idea seriously than he's kidnapped by promoters of international werewolf death matches and taken to an arena in the remote outback. Rescuers appear quickly; as it turns out, werewolves aren't all that uncommon and even have organized self-help groups. Nor are they the only supernatural creatures around, as Toby discovers when Reuben shows up with a band of startlingly pale, sickly but uncommonly resilient helpers who display a sharp aversion to daylight. Jinks has a few other surprises in store too, but (in possibly deliberate imitation of a certain wildly popular penumbral series) she challenges readers first to slog through hundreds of pages of snarling dialogue, repetitive ruminations and aimless plotting. Not to mention unresolved issues and an unwieldy supporting cast, both of which are likely to spill over into further sequels. By the end it's hilarious, but many teens may struggle to get that far. (Satiric fantasy. 12-15)Read full book review >
THE GENIUS WARS by Catherine Jinks
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

Cyber-espionage takes both front seats in this conclusion to the outstanding Genius series. Though raised to be a criminal mastermind, 15-year-old Cadel rejects the role, desiring only a normal life with his new adoptive parents. No chance: Suddenly his fugitive mentor/nemesis Prosper English is showing up on nearby security cameras, a high-tech wheelchair tries to run over him as it carries his best friend Sonja down a flight of stairs and an out-of-control bus demolishes his home, leaving his new stepfather severely injured. Not only is Jinks no stranger to gaming, hacking and cutting-edge computer systems, but she plunges her young protagonist into simultaneous character-testing conflicts as he feels forced to trick his beloved but slower and overprotective guardians, abandon ethics to hack into various private and government systems and struggle to control the wild anger that in high-pressure situations drives him to act toward others just like the despised, megalomaniac Prosper. As Cadel's multiple adversaries don't start showing their faces until late in the proceedings, much of the "war" seems fought in the abstract, but the climax is taut, absorbing and tantalizingly ambiguous. (Thriller. 12-15)Read full book review >
LIVING HELL by Catherine Jinks
Released: April 1, 2010

Gleeful Alien-esque action adventure. Cheney has spent every one of his 17 years on a spaceship (33 years if you count the time in suspended animation). One day, he knows, Plexus will land on a planet, but space is home. His life is birthday parties, dinner with his parents and work rotations until the fateful day where they hit a mysterious wave in space. It's a subatomic radiation wave, or the universal life force or... really, the details don't matter. The point is, suddenly the ship turns alive. What used to be floating laundry units, transport shuttles and scientific equipment are now enormous oozing cells and acidic carnivores, and every last piece wants to kill the humans. The race-against-time adventure is chock-full of scientific revelations, gruesome corpses and a marvelously gratuitous samurai sword. Even the requisite escape through the air ducts is made more exciting when the living ship has an asthma attack. Packed with thrills, this deserves equally over-the-top CGI. In a word—AWESOME. (Science fiction. 11-13)Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2009

Narrator Nina, "fanged" 35 years ago at age 15, supports herself by writing sexy vampire novels, but in fact she and her fellow Australian vampires (all seven of them) suffer from chronic nausea and extreme light sensitivity (which results in frequent eye hemorrhages), and subsist on animal blood and supplements devised by the 19th-century doctor in the group. When the barely reformed vampire who infected Nina is killed, she, rocker-vamp Dave (the liveliest of the bunch) and their human priest set off to find the killer but instead find a captive werewolf, a nerdy vampire slayer and—for Nina and Dave—a chance at love. Nina's whininess may be off-putting but her growth rings true for a stunted adolescent, and Jinks's quirky sense of humor will appeal to fans of her Evil Genius series. Those tired of torrid bloodsucker stories or looking for a comic riff on the trend will feel refreshed by the vomitous, guinea-pig-drinking accidental heroics of Nina and her pals. (Fantasy. 12 & up)Read full book review >
BABYLONNE by Catherine Jinks
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

A sharp-tongued protagonist enlivens a medieval tapestry stuffed with mysterious antecedents, religious persecution and gory violence, in this irresistible follow-up to Jinks's beloved quartet about Pagan Kidrouk. Babylonne, the daughter he never knew, has every reason to believe the heretical teaching that this world is Hell, after her childhood as an abused bastard among strict Cathars and having witnessed the vicious reprisals of crusading Catholics. Fleeing marriage to a senile suitor, she reluctantly accepts protection from her despised father's protégé, a Catholic priest. Before his gentle wisdom can completely soften her prickly shell, she is swept back into the horrors of religious war, forced to choose between everything she believes and the one thing she most wants. Resourceful and cynical, with a carefully hidden streak of romantic idealism, Babylonne is an engaging heroine, and the grave Father Isidore makes the perfect foil. Twelfth-century Languedoc—sordid, squalid and bawdily beautiful—glows with its own earthy vitality. While Babylonne's story stands well on its own, make sure that interested readers can find the previous titles while hoping for as many sequels. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)Read full book review >
GENIUS SQUAD by Catherine Jinks
Released: May 1, 2008

Computer prodigy Cadel's belief that he's escaped the clutches of his nemesis/supposed father Prosper English proves sadly mistaken in this pulse-pounding sequel to Evil Genius (2007). Chafing under constant police surveillance but feeling safer now that Prosper's in jail, Cadel jumps at the chance to join a group of geeks secretly working to bring down corrupt genetic corporation GenoME—particularly because his conscience and best friend Sonja is part of the effort. All he has to do is keep his tails from finding out what he's up to. Then Prosper escapes, snatching Cadel and Sonja on the way. Repeatedly displaying an amazing ability to analyze and manipulate systems but struggling to understand his confused feelings about Prosper and to overcome years of psychological conditioning, Cadel makes an uncommonly memorable protagonist. As Jinks makes use of many characters and references to events from the previous episode and leaves the main story line open, this one is plainly a middle volume, but the author's ability to craft vivid characters and engrossing action scenes continues unabated. (Fiction. 12+)Read full book review >
EVIL GENIUS by Catherine Jinks
Released: May 1, 2007

Carried along by much peeling back of layers of deception and repeated thickenings of plot, this hefty but engrossingly complex tale features a young super-brain being groomed for world domination. Under the tutelage of his mysterious psychologist Thaddeus, 13-year-old Cadel subtly engineered spectacular traffic jams in Sydney, caused all of his high school class to fail their finals and similar exploits. He now enters the exclusive Axis Institute, where innocuously named courses like "Coping Skills" and "Accounting" turn out to be tutorials in basic lying, embezzlement and such. Determined to develop a predictive program for all human behavior, he discovers himself enmeshed in multiple webs of intrigue, which, along with his own efforts to manipulate faculty and fellow students, result in an escalating array of fatalities. Gradually, he begins to wonder whether he's really cut out for the role of evil overlord. Along with keeping the suspense expertly tuned and stirring in any number of stunning revelations, Jinks fills out the cast with brilliantly conceived friends and adversaries. His emotional maturity realistically lagging behind his intellectual development, Cadel rides right up there with Artemis Fowl as a sympathetic anti-villain. (Fiction. 12-15)Read full book review >
PAGAN’S SCRIBE by Catherine Jinks
Released: March 1, 2005

Jinks brings her utterly addictive "Pagan Chronicles" to a wrenching close, taking irreverent former street urchin Pagan Kidrouk through the horrors of the 13th-century Albigensian Crusade. Now some years since the close of Pagan's Vows (2004), Pagan has been dispatched on a mission to bring the heretic Cathars back into the Church—a task made all the more difficult by the rampant ignorance and cupidity of the local clergy. But larger forces are at work, and southern France soon finds itself invaded by armies from the north, authorized by the Pope to root out all heresy and eager to do so as violently as possible. Changing narrators for this final installment, Jinks introduces Isidore, a learned but naïve young clerk with a sullen attitude, who becomes Pagan's amanuensis and rabid admirer, and through whose eyes readers will get unforgettably vivid views, both of the squalor of medieval daily life, and of the campaign's tragic outcome. The story stands alone, but familiarity with the continuing characters will make it a stronger reading experience. Rich in authentic detail, humor, grief and deep insight into the life of the mind as well as the heart, this makes a fitting close to a high-water mark in historical fiction. (Fiction. 12-15)Read full book review >
PAGAN’S VOWS by Catherine Jinks
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

Equal parts Boethius and blackmail, this third volume of a projected quartet sends wise-cracking ex-street-kid Pagan Kidrouk and his best friend/father figure Roland Roucy de Bram into the bookish but far from otherworldly confines of a 12th-century Benedictine monastery. With his usual gift for landing in the soup, not only does Pagan struggle to adapt to the (supposedly) ascetic monastic life style, he's singled out for relentless grilling in Latin, Rhetoric, and other scholastic studies, cottons to an extortion scheme involving alms money and a fugitive pederast, and worriedly watches Roland, devout but shaken to his soul by the heartbreaking events of Pagan in Exile (2004), wasting away. Nothing like the cloistered life for peace and quiet. As before, Pagan's mix of bad attitude and profound loyalty make a winning combination, and readers will come (or continue) to care as deeply as he does for his troubled, deeply decent companion. Humor? Rage? Agony? Spiritual journeys? Murder? Moral turpitude? Twists both welcome and dismaying? This decidedly unique historical saga has it all. (Fiction. 12-15)Read full book review >
PAGAN IN EXILE by Catherine Jinks
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

In the second of a projected four episodes, medievalist Jinks sends her wise-guy squire Pagan Kidrouk and his beloved, sternly moral Knight Templar Sir Roland Roucy de Bram, from Jerusalem, which has just been retaken by Saladin, to Roland's native Languedoc. The two crusaders arrive to find the de Brams, a brutal, dysfunctional family if ever there was one, engaged in an escalating feud with the local monastery. Without slowing the plot down a whit, the author limns her 12th-century setting in extensive, usually stomach-wrenching, detail; through Pagan's eyes the castle-dwellers live in disgusting, almost comic squalor, their mores and behavior seeming all the more vicious in contrast to that of a small, pious (doomed) community of "heretic" Cathars dwelling nearby. Despite Roland's best efforts, events spiral into a series of bloodbaths that leave him and Pagan both broken-hearted, ready to take up a monastic life rather than stay in their violent world. Readers will laugh and weep along with these vividly rendered wanderers. (glossary) (Fiction. 12-15)Read full book review >
PAGAN’S CRUSADE by Catherine Jinks
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

First of a quartet originally published in Australia, this orphan's-eye view not only brings the overripe streets of 12th-century Jerusalem to eye-watering life, but introduces a character as lovable, stubbornly loyal, and smart-mouthed as any Disney film sidekick. On the lam after an ill-considered wager, young Pagan Kidrouk signs up as a squire with the Knights Templar, an organization charged with both defending the Holy Land from the infidel, and pilgrims from brigands. Assigned to Lord Roland Roucy de Bram, a devout, deeply principled knight he quickly dubs "Saint George," Pagan soon finds himself escorting hilariously modern-sounding tourists on a day trip to the Jordan River, while casting aspersions on his colleagues—"The charm of a dead cow. The wit of a swamp." Meanwhile, tensions mount as Saladin's armies approach. Ever-noble, Lord Roland prepares for death; this mulish stance forces Pagan (who beneath his trash-talking exterior has grown to love and respect his master) into a desperate but successful ploy that puts them on the road to Tyre and, perhaps, France. Rich, vivid storytelling, with a sturdy base in historical events, and undercurrents both comic and serious. (maps) (Fiction. 12-15)Read full book review >
THE INQUISITOR by Catherine Jinks
Released: Oct. 14, 2002

Dominican friar Bernard Peyre enjoys a relatively peaceful life with the Inquisition into Heretical Depravity in the small French city of Lazet. He assists the lead Inquisitor, Father Jacques Vaquier, in his inquiries about the potentially heretical beliefs of the townspeople and enjoys the collegial life of the Priory. When Father Jacques dies, however, his replacement, the austere Father Augustin Duese, permanently disturbs Bernard's comfort. Ascetic and ill, Father Augustin nonetheless begins scrutinizing Father Jacques and several cases in which important local figures were found free of heresy. Reopening these cases requires old Inquisitorial registers, a few of which, mysteriously, are found to be missing. Meanwhile, Father Augustin investigates an enclave of women living in an abandoned farm outside of town. On one of his regular visits to the women, Augustin and his retinue are murdered, their bodies chopped into pieces. Fascinated by Johanna de Caussade, a widow at the farm, and horrified by the murders, Bernard is further frustrated by Augustin's replacement, the Machiavellian Pierre-Julien Faure, who is determined to prove Johanna and her companions heretics. To protect Johanna and ultimately himself, Bernard must embark on a series of most un-Dominican acts. Read full book review >