Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!
Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.
To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny.
Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.
Dear Book Genie:
Your Book Genie service sucks. You told me you’d give me any sort of book I wanted. I said I wanted a jinn book full of culture,diversity, matriarchy, and you gave me…
Becoming Jinn was such a devastating experience. It was like on the shallow surface it had everything I desired, but then when I actually read it.
My head exploded and not in a good way.
I get that you should be careful about what you wish for, but come on Book Genie did you really have to butcher it up so much. Let’s look at the following things I wished for and what you freaking gave me:
1) A strong female heroine who fights against her faith.
Azra seems strong from the blurb-right.
Whiney is actually a better word to describe her Book Genie. An annoying and whiney brat.
She doesn’t do anything to fight her faith other than whine. Even after her mom commits a big no no of ignoring her wishes of inviting people she specifically asked to NOT be invited to her birthday party, she just shrugs it off with little to no action.
Seriously? Book Genie.
I had hopes at the beginning when she was trying to use power tools to get off that bangle that was pretty cool. I was like, maybe I could like this character.
But as the book progressed she did nothing to change her faith. Other than being sort of silent and bitchy towards her Zar sisters she did nothing.
Oh, but moan about her dead bestie and moon over a boy whose personality was like sandpaper and get courted by another sandpaper-ish boy.
But apparently she’s really talented with magic and that’s suppose to make the book.
2) A unique mythology not exploited to death in YA.
Jinns haven’t been totally exploited in YA. Actually, compared to most paranormal/mythological creatures they’ve hardly been explored at all. And for the most part, I have really enjoyed the jinn books that I’ve read. Save for Fire Wish, but this book made Fire Wish look like a freaking masterpiece.
I couldn’t even stomach it enough to finish this thing because nothing of interest was happening. The set up seemed interesting enough and if it would’ve gone through the ideas that it pitched it would’ve been interesting. But as it was it was a lot of nothing with an over the top ridiculous magical makeover consisting of a new hot bod and butt length hair.
Why did you make me lose my dinner, Book Genie?
You suck so much.
3) A matriarchal based society.
This is probably what attracted me to this book more than anything else. I like books that focus on storng female friendships and relationships, I was hoping to see a bit of this with the Zar sisterhood. But instead, most of the Zar sisters are just annoying with pretty much blah personalities. Save for the obligatory nice one and the bitchy one that’s just jealous of Azra’s awesomeness-rolls eyes.
This is not what a matriarchal society/sisterhood is, Book Genie. You took the most cliche elements of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Wonder Woman and tried to put them together. It didnt’ work. If there were bonds between these girls, I didn’t see them. Instead, the only thing they have in common is that on their sixteenth birthday they become Xena Warrior Princess look alikes without the bad ass-ness.
4) Interesting Plotting:
Where was my plot, Book Genie? Nothing was happening and I got through a good hundred and thirty and some odd pages of the book.
Surely, something had to happen than not so supple nods that Azra is a super special powerful genie.
Oh, and becoming hot.
Instead of making me want to read this book, it made me want to quit this book.
5) An intriguing love interest:
Ha! Ha! Ha!
Book Genie, you gave me the epitome of boring. And a love triangle that was even more pointless than the one in Twilight. I really could care less. I am Team Neither of these boys because they were just equally boring and bland (again, like sandpaper).
I couldn’t honestly tell you what the difference between the two of them was other than one was a neighbor and one was a lifeguard-who is automatically suppose to be hot because he’s a lifeguard.
So thank you, Book Genie. NOT. I hope you are happy. You didn’t fulfill my wish the way you wanted. Some lousy genie you are. I guess I should’ve just used mesh up of various media like most blurbs do when I asked for my request. Because you failed-big time. And just for the record the perfect jinn book for me would consist of a Buffy-ish main character with Harry Potter action and Ken Burns accuracy to detail.