Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.
But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid in class who becomes Genie’s self-appointed guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student with an oddly formal command of the English language, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate—right down to the furry tale and penchant for peaches.
Suddenly, acing the SATs is the least of Genie’s worries. The fates of her friends, family, and the entire Bay Area all depend on her summoning an inner power that Quentin assures her is strong enough to level the very gates of Heaven. But every second Genie spends tapping into the secret of her true nature is a second in which the lives of her loved ones hang in the balance.
Once upon a time, a blogger was at the targeted YA age at the height of YA paranormal. Although, Twilight was admittedly gross. There were a lot of YA series released in the mid to late 2000’s that I liked even loved. And admittedly the market got over saturated. There were just so many books.
Okay, way over saturated. There was a lot of trash out there and eventually dystopia took over the market. I understood and welcomed it at the time, but I’ll admit in October I’m usually nostalgic for this sort of shit which was why when YA paranormal does make an appearance in the market the book is likely to interest me.
I’ve had The Epic Crush of Genie Lo on my shelf for awhile. It interested me because it featured a diverse heroine, Chinese mythology, and the blurb made genie sound bad ass. Unfortunately, I ended up throwing the book against my wall after about 60 pages.
I don’t plan on this being a super long review, I’m just going to note the reasons why I DNF’D it.
- Forced Love Interest: I FUCKING hate this trope. If the MC finds the guy obnoxious her family and friends shouldn’t push him on her. Period. This trope annoys me across genres. I hate how the heroine is suppose to fall in love with douchiness and change her supposed high strong ways. It just doesn’t work for me. This is a personal preference thing, so if you like it you might be able to handle it better than me.
- The Big Reveal: The Obnoxious Hero of course explains the heroine her destiny. I hate how dependent it is on the Douche Hero. I long for a book where this is not the case.
- Info Dumping: Enough Said. It’s even worse in this one since the book is written in first person and the entire book shifts for a chapter or so.
As you can see it’s pretty easy to see why I DNF’d it. If you don’t hate two the tropes that I listed you might be able to finish the book. Hell, you might like it. I however can’t tolerate this sort of shit so I threw it in the giveaway box.
Admittedly, it’s a shame. There were a lot of things about this book that I should like. However, at the end of the day the book and I just did not mehs.
Overall Rating: DNF