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High Jinx Hardcover – December 7, 2021
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Curse weaver Kennedy Bennett has re-settled into her beloved hometown and opened a shop selling previously hexed antiques. When she fails to win an online auction for a notorious cursed painting, Aiden Connolly-the wealthy and swoon-worthy luck worker she is not dating-swoops in to buy it for her.
Crying Girl is one of a quartet of haunted legendary paintings. Kennedy knows that the "ghosts" are actually curses-fatal ones. The paintings have been missing for years, and Kennedy is thrilled at the chance to uncurse one...until Crying Girl disappears before they can collect it.
Kennedy and Aiden soon discover that the painting hasn't been randomly whisked out of their reach. Someone used it to lure them in, and now that they've snatched the bait, they've been snared in a trap. Either the thief gets what they want...or the four paintings are going to find their way back into the world, and Kennedy and Aiden will be responsible for the deadly chaos the cursed portraits wreak.
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- Publisher : Kla Fricke Inc (December 7, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 296 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1989046444
- ISBN-13 : 978-1989046449
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.81 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #306,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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High Jinx is an interesting combination of friendship and thoughts about love. We learn it all through first person protagonist point-of-view from Kennedy's perspective.
The relationship between Aiden and Kennedy is a bit of balancing. She's also uncomfortable with his wealth. Aiden's place in Boston is a surprise. Lol, I do love Kennedy's attitude toward his parents. Especially that bit about respect and later the hypocrisy, *more laughter*.
I'm curious. In Cursed Luck , the Bennetts' father had been dead for three years. In High Jinx, he's been dead for five years, and yet Rian has only been dating Hope for a month. I cannot imagine that Rian waited two years before he started dating her.
I do like the hitch Armstrong has included in the series with all magic requiring balance. Aiden's seems particularly dangerous! Of course he does have those dysfunctional parents. I'd say that's bad luck enough to balance out any luck he creates.
Aiden's character arc is taking some massive leaps, even if he does keep screwing up. Kennedy gets so mad at him, and yet they do manage to find a balance here too. Kennedy's character arc develops as she realizes what that mirror reveals.
There's an interesting bit on the Romans salting Carthage, which makes a lot of sense.
It's a tale that's both character-driven and action-packed — Aiden's parents (yuck!); Zeus' nastiness; Taylor Silver's fraud; the cursed mother; and, all those nasty twists and betrayals, oy!
There are some flashbacks to Cursed Luck , which reminds us of events there, and it provides more background on the gods.
Life is different for the magical rich . . .
Curseweaver Kennedy Bennett has re-settled into her beloved hometown and opened a shop selling previously hexed antiques. When she fails to win an online auction for a notorious cursed painting, she discovers that Aiden Connolly — the wealthy and swoon-worthy luck worker she is not dating — had swooped in to buy it for her.
One of a quartet of haunted legendary paintings, Kennedy is thrilled at the chance to uncurse one . . . until Crying Girl disappears before they can collect it.
Kennedy and Aiden soon discover that the painting hasn’t been randomly whisked out of their reach. Someone used it to lure them in, and now that they’ve snatched the bait, they’ve been snared in a trap. Either the thief gets what they want . . . or the four paintings are going to find their way back into the world, and Kennedy and Aiden will be responsible for the deadly chaos the cursed portraits wreak.
Kennedy Bennett, a curseweaver who specializes in the joker's jinx, has moved back to Unstable and opened her antiques shop. She's also been cursed after events in Cursed Luck . Ellie is her black cat. Turani "Ani" is her oldest, most organized, smart sister who runs the family business, Unhex Me Here. Hope, a curseweaver who specializes in the lover's lament, a.k.a. the ex-hex, is their lighthearted, pretty youngest sister who's fascinated by creepy dolls. They can trace their lineage back to Mercury. Jonathan is Ani's best friend since toddlerhood and is the town librarian — and an excellent researcher.
The wealthy Aiden Connolly is an uptight, straight-laced CEO of an insurance company, who happens to be a luck worker. Rian Connolly is his irresponsible younger brother, who's interested in Hope after events in Cursed Luck . His parents — the vicious Liam and the delusional Marion — are nasty pieces of work who control their kids' lives to an extreme extent. Their security people include that bullying Travis, the lying Davey, and Julian Mavarro. The Connollys can trace their descent from Mars.
Theodora O'Toole, a lawyer and luck worker, is the woman his parents have decided he should marry. Lauren is Theodora's grandmother. Eleanor O'Brien is a cousin who can trace her descent from Hera.
The Gods and Goddesses
Mercury, a.k.a. Mercy, is gender fluid and a trickster and patron god of thieves. Mars, a.k.a. Marius Archer, is the god of battle luck. The stiff Athene is the goddess of battle strategy, wisdom, and reason. Hephaestus, a.k.a. Hector, is in construction these days. More siblings include Paulo (Apollo) and Denny (Dionysus). Zeus is their philandering, vicious, nasty father; the suffering Hera was their sheltering mother.
The gorgeous Vanessa Apsley, a.k.a. Venus/Aphrodite, is the goddess of love who'd been their foster sister, forced into marriage with the controlling, nasty Hephaestus. She's also a dream shaper. Vanessa has had an off-again, on-again relationship with Mars with whom she has a lot of children — biological and other.
Unstable, Massachusetts, is . . .
. . . a village that supports spiritualists — psychics, magic users, etc. Chief Salazar is the chief of police. Ron Platts and Grove are with the state police.
Salvo Costa claims to have painted a quartet of portraits of four murdered children in the 1970s, including the Crying Girl . They're portraits that kill.
The misanthrope's malice is a cruel curse. The Necklace of Harmonia played a role in Cursed Luck . Molly Miller was a nasty schoolmate back in school. Charlie was a tenth grade fantasy. Rosa was Mercy's mortal lover and probably a dream shaper.
The Cover and Title
The graphic cover is a background of purplish blues with eerie swirls at the bottom flanking the black-haired Kennedy, who's dressed in a metallic-looking fuchsia tank top and jeans, juggling her Magic 8 Ball. In the top three-quarters of the cover is a blue arcane circle with lines and pyramids forming a low halo around Kennedy's torso and head. The title begins at her waist in an embossed silver and black. Immediately below it is an info blurb in white followed by the author's name at the very bottom.
The title is refers to the High Jinx carried on throughout the story.
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Miiiinor niggle (at least for the kindle version) I feel like someone did a find and replace on something with 'Salvo' because Salvoy and Salvoian are both words that crop up in this version and neither I nor Google know what they mean - and one of the characters is called Salvo (I assume at some point in the writing process he was called something else).
Nothing has ever gone well for humans interacting with the Greek gods, and that holds true in this book as well. The twists and turns of this complex drama rooted around the characters we came to love in the first book of the series are non-stop, making for a book you just can't put down.
With this book, Armstrong maintains her position as one of the best Canadian storytellers today. I look forward to another installment.
So Kennedy is back in the small town of Unstable, working in her own shop and semi-successfully evading a romance or relationship with Aidan Connolly, when the two of them come across four paintings with nasty curses on them. This is the beginning of a masterfully wrought scheme that has Kennedy and Aidan run in circles for a long time. They follow the breadcrumbs (while trying not to get too close to the curses) meet even more gods, erh, immortals (which I won’t spoil) and get whiplash from all the twists and turns the plot takes.
I loved the mystery, the riddles and the conclusion. The pacing is great, fast without being rushed, and there is never a slump.
The characters stay true to themselves, while also showing impressive development, so when they have changes of hearts or start to think differently about things, it’s in reasonable ways.
I like Kennedy and Aidan maybe even more - and I absolutely adore two of the new immortals‘ cast. I missed Kennedy’s family a bit in this one, but although I can’t say that I like Aidan’s family, I appreciated the possibility to get to know his situation a lot better. My heart went out to him (and Rian).
I loved the story. Can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment.