Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review: Becoming Jinn

Becomming Jinn
Lori Goldstein

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.

My Thoughts:
Okay first, thank you so so much, Lori for being so incredibly wonderful. You are an amazing person and a fabulous author. I will read anything you write and you've been an incredible mentor.

On to the review. JINN is fantastic. A romance plus a side-romance (some people think it's just friendship but whatever) plus a girl becoming jinni and trying to find herself. Sounds good, right?

Right. First, I like how Azra doesn't like her destiny. She doesn't want to become jinni and she doesn't love it when she does. But she's good at it and I think that makes it interesting as well, with a character who is good at something she dislikes.

I love the history and information thrown in about the jinni. Lori sprinkles it in perfectly without putting too much anywhere. But by the end of the book, I understood the world and what would happen at certain times in a jinni's life. I'm so glad that I got this, too, because it definitely enhanced my pleasure with the book.

Okay, so the lifeguard is cute, but I'm for the nerdy neighbor. Actually, I got to write notes in the book and Lori, you are about to find a ton of 'Henry <3' notes. He's so sweet and a good person but he, too, is trying to find himself in the crazy teenage years. He makes mistakes. He finds romance. He gets angry. But he's real. And he's so trustworthy and loyal through everything. Easily my favorite male in the book and I call dibs.

The jinni idea is wonderful. I can't expand on that much, but the idea is original and fun to read.

Not that end!!! What was that?! I mean, yay because now Henry, but no!

Now for the less-fun part: JINN is wonderfully written and fun to read. Lori has true talent.

Overall, I LOVED this book. It was so much fun to read and I couldn't put it down. Go out and get sixteen copies of this book. Okay, maybe just one will work...

5 stars

About this author
Lori  Goldstein
My debut novel, the Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy Becoming Jinn, is a modern spin on the traditional tale of wish-granting genies. It will be released on April 21, 2015, by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s. The sequel will follow in Spring 2016. I am represented by Lucy Carson of The Friedrich Agency.

Too much of my day involves chatting books, obsessing over The Vampire Diaries, and perfecting the art of efficient writing through Twitter. Find me at @loriagoldstein and follow my blog at or my Tumblr at Like my author page on Facebook for fun book-related photos, tidbits, and happenings as well as news on Becoming Jinn.

**A huge thank you to Lori Goldstein for putting me on the ARC tour! I hope you enjoy my comments!**


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