Title: Becoming Jinn
Author: Lori Goldstein
Series: Becoming Jinn #1
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Before reading Becoming Jinn, I don't think I really had ever read a story involving Genies. I think the most experience I probably had with them was the Disney movie Aladdin.
But there was something about this one that intrigued me, so when I was able to trade for an ARC of this book with another blogger, I took the chance. Then thankfully it got bumped way up on my TBR so that I could send it to yet another blogger who desired it for his collection (and I am very happy I helped it find its forever home where I know it will be loved and appreciated).
And so, I read it. Actually, I devoured it. There was just something so wonderful about it that I had a hard time putting it down. Was it the story? Yes. Was it the writing? Yes.
Becoming Jinn is about Azra, a teenager who is Jinn. Reluctantly. This means that she is going to be forced into a world where she must grant wishes. But she doesn't get to grant just anyone's wish. She is under direct orders of who gets their wishes. Actually, pretty much everything she does is watched and governed by someone else. She has no say and she hates it.
On top of that, she is supposed to keep the part of her that is Jinn a complete secret. She has "Zar" sisters and their mothers that she can turn to, but those relationships are iffy at best. And she can't really allow herself to become close to anyone who is human for fear of being discovered.
So as you can probably already tell, I enjoyed this book a lot. I really liked the idea of a genie living among us, going to school like a normal kid, but still not being normal.
And this story is actually quite complex! At first, you may not think it is going to be (I know I didn't) but the further I got into it, the more complex everything got.
And now, here I am totally sucked into this story and world. Thankfully there is a novella that I plan to read very very soon. Oh, and the second book Circle of Jinn was released...today! Oh yay!
Now I need to get my hands on that bad boy. I need to know how everything unfolds. NEED.
This review is based on an ARC. All opinions are mine and mine alone.