Published by Macmillan on April 21st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Before I wrote my review, I actually read all those negative reviews on Goodreads, because I have always been curious as to why people would not like this book, when I have so much love for it. And I’ve come to a conclusion that people’s reviews depend on two things: 1) Their moods and 2) To each his own. So, anyway, (sorry, was abit disturbed by all the negativity) my review.
I honestly have no problem with the MC. She is everything I think an MC should be. Sure, she wasn’t kickass, but understandable because she was only 16 years old, with tons of powers. And I find it quite cool that she wasn’t the typical type of girls, who immediately used their powers for unnecessary stuffs. Also, she wasn’t shallow. I mean, HELLO, the girl just got a complete make-over, and she didn’t go around trying to capture any guy’s attention. You go, girl! And then there was the whole Jinn culture. I have read about my shares of genie. Okay, I’m kidding, the only genie I know is from Aladdin. BUT I do know that a genie grants wishes, so maybe I wasn’t disappointed because I read this book with the expectation of wanting to learn more about genies, instead of comparing how Lori Goldstein describe about genies. And I loved how it transitioned from a Jinn being one of the coolest creatures ever, to them being the saddest creatures ever. (You’ll know why.)
I have to say that the ONLY flaw about this book that caused me to reduce it to only 4 out of 5 star would be because of Henry. I did not connect with his character at all. There were times when his attitude was described too child-like, such that I would picture him as a little, annoying boy, and that is just weird HAHA. I honestly did not connect him to the cute guy that the rest of Azra’s Zar sisters were talking about. And I think there was supposed to be a growing love connection between him and Azra but I just couldn’t think about it. It seemed more like a sibling relationship.
But other than that, I totally adore this book. And according to Lori, the second book will be out in 2016, so as of now, I don’t know what to do with my life, sighpie. But this book will officially be out on 21st April, which is tomorrow (according to Singapore timezone), so I would recommend you this book, if you want to know about the complications of granting a wish. And also, if you want to know more about genies, more than what you know from Aladdin. HEH.