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Unleashed by Amy McCulloch – Book Review

Last year I read Jinxed by Amy McCulloch and absolutely loved it and it ended on a cliffhanger so I had been waiting for Unleashed to release ever since and the sequel did not disappoint! I loved it as much as Jinxed!

You can read my review for Jinxed here

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Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Lacey Chu wakes up in a hospital room with no recollection of how she got there, she knows something is up. But with her customizable smart pet, Jinx, missing in action and Moncha, the company behind the invention of the robot pet, up to something seriously sinister, she’s got a lot of figuring out to do. Lacey must use all her engineering skills if she has a chance of stopping Moncha from carrying out their plans. But can she take on the biggest tech company in North America armed with only a level 1 robot beetle … ?

Once I started reading Unleashed I could not put it down and basically read it in two evenings. These books deserve all the love and I need everyone to go read them. It’s STEM girls saving the world, what more could you want?!

The story starts a month after the ending in Jinxed and there is a lot of mystery and intrigue because we don’t know exactly what’s happened and we are slowly given the information through Lacey trying to find out what has happened. It kept me hooked because I just needed to know what was happening and what had happened to Jinx.

This book was a little different to Jinxed because while Jinxed took place mostly in the school with the battles and classes, this book happened mostly outside of school. It gave the sense that the situation was bigger than just school, it was a community problem and could become an even bigger problem if it wasn’t dealt with.

One of my favourite things about this duology was the focus on friendships over romantic relationships and especially female friendship. Lacey and Zora are both smart, capable badass young women in their own ways. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses and they work together so well, encouraging and supporting each other. It was so great to see such a beautiful friendship. In the end it was the both of them who found out what was happening was able to put a stop to it. They did get some help from their other friends but it was two young women who saved everyone!

And lets not forget my favourite baku, Jinx! I love him so much! His sassy and sarcastic remarks and I adored his relationship with Lacey! They really looked out for each other and cared for each other. Honestly I just want my own baku like Jinx!

The ending was really great too, it wrapped up the story but also left it open in a way that we can imagine what these group of teenagers will do next. I really loved the message that the youth shouldn’t be dismissed because they’re young. They are capable of bringing about change and fighting for justice and a better world.

You should all read these books, they’re such great reads and will leave you with a lot to thing about and crying about baku’s not being real and so you can’t have one of your own.

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