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

"By the end it's hilarious, but many teens may struggle to get that far. (Satiric fantasy. 12-15)"
The satire isn't all that's biting in this darkly comedic sequel to The Reformed Vampire Support Group (2009). Read full book review >
THE GENIUS WARS by Catherine Jinks
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"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)"
Cyber-espionage takes both front seats in this conclusion to the outstanding Genius series. Read full book review >
LIVING HELL by Catherine Jinks
Released: April 1, 2010

"In a word—AWESOME. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
Gleeful Alien-esque action adventure. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2009

"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)"
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. Read full book review >
BABYLONNE by Catherine Jinks
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"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)"
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. Read full book review >
GENIUS SQUAD by Catherine Jinks
Released: May 1, 2008

"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+)"
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). Read full book review >
EVIL GENIUS by Catherine Jinks
Released: May 1, 2007

"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)"
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. Read full book review >
PAGAN’S SCRIBE by Catherine Jinks
Released: March 1, 2005

"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)"
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. Read full book review >
PAGAN’S VOWS by Catherine Jinks
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"This decidedly unique historical saga has it all. (Fiction. 12-15)"
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. Read full book review >
PAGAN IN EXILE by Catherine Jinks
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Readers will laugh and weep along with these vividly rendered wanderers. (glossary) (Fiction. 12-15)"
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. Read full book review >
PAGAN’S CRUSADE by Catherine Jinks
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Rich, vivid storytelling, with a sturdy base in historical events, and undercurrents both comic and serious. (maps) (Fiction. 12-15)"
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. Read full book review >
THE INQUISITOR by Catherine Jinks
Released: Oct. 14, 2002

"The dense, conspiratorial result is bracing, though it may prompt simpler souls to wish for good old-fashioned anachronism."
Dominican friar Bernard Peyre enjoys a relatively peaceful life with the Inquisition into Heretical Depravity in the small French city of Lazet. Read full book review >