REVIEW: Genius Squad by Catherine Jinks

The thing about secret teen clubs or whatever is that they’re only really cool if teenagers are the ones to set them up and run them1. When adults set up secret clubs for kids, it gets a bit skeezy. And anyone who lures vulnerable underage kids into doing illegal stuff for them with electronics and semi-nice living conditions is super suspicious! Why is why I had such a hard time with a big chunk of Read More …

(re)REVIEW: Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks

This is my second time reading this book, and I THINK I liked it more this time around than the first (back in 2008), even though the rating’s fallen by a full bird1. Maybe because I’ve read other Catherine Jinks books now and I’m more used to her writing style? It’s an interesting style; she tends to have very good characters and interesting plots, but she sort of tamps down on the exciting bits for Read More …

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks

Evil Genius starts off quite slow, when protagonist Cadel is around age seven. Luckily, it speeds through four or so years until he gets to high school, then again when he gets to the Axis Institute. It really picks up around page 300, which leads to a fantastic action-packed ending! The title makes Evil Genius seem like it might be campy, but it isn’t. Instead, it’s creepy– bordering on scary– and it takes any potential Read More …