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Review by Anniek
Her name is Jiminella Nixée Sweetwater, but everyone calls her Jinx. She’s a genius. Her intelligence level can’t even be measured on the existing charts, so Jinx cheated on the test when she was just ten years old. By cheating she ‘became’ just a regular genius. Her parents are free spirits and they like to travel around. As a result Jinx has been living on her own since she was fourteen. She has developed multiple programs, which makes her a target for the wrong people. Lately their threats have become more dangerous. Everybody wants a piece of the genius, but what if they’re after something else as well?
When a mysterious crystal is being found on the property of Jinx's best friend, Wilder, Jinx is asked to examine this stone. A lab is being set up in a small town, so Jinx can work from there. The people in this town leave her alone, but when she rescues a local everybody is more than grateful. It turns out that Jinx is not the only person who has special abilities. What will happen when Jinx gets closer to the truth?
Jinx is so incredibly smart, but she's also socially awkward. She's familiar with almost any kind of subject, but simply dancing at a party is a challenge. Jinx is sweet and loyal and she’ll go to the end of the world for the people she loves. She comes across as someone who knows everything about anything, but she is still so innocent in a lot of ways. Her mind is always in overdrive and this makes her physically ill. I loved her immediately and I was relieved that she finally dared to ask for help.
Sweet water is the second book in the Birds of a Feather series. I didn’t read the first book, but I had no trouble connecting to this story straight away. Jinx pulled me in from the start with her brilliant mind and kind character. Lena North has written a unique story with interesting twists and turns. I had a hard time putting this book down. Lena North 's writing is honest and real and I could easily sympathize with the main characters. I will absolutely read the rest of the books in this series.
Sweet water is a fascinating story about learning how to cope with being special. It's a great choice for readers who love books with smart main characters. Even though this is the second book in a series it can perfectly be read as a standalone.