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.
Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.
Apparently, forget everything you thought you knew about genies is correct. Very, very correct.
As in, forget everything you’ve heard in any genie or jinn book you’ve read. Say… Heather Demetrios’ EXQUISITE CAPTIVE. Jackson Pearce’s AS YOU WISH. Amber Lough’s THE FIRE WISH. Forget it. Forget it all.
Instead, I introduce you to falling deeply, madly in lust, love triangles, sister relationships and getting genuinely upset because you got pretty on your birthday. Oh no. How tragic. Much sad.
If there’s one thing I could ask Azra, it’s to get over herself. There are so many reasons why I could pity her… if she just learned anything from her mistakes, if she just tried to make the best out of her situation, if nothing. It doesn’t matter, because Azra doesn’t do any of it. She’s suffered in life, but she doesn’t use that and remember it when she sees other people suffering. She somewhat acknowledges that people are trying to help her, but she pushes them away and then acts like a jerk to people who are trying to care about her.
Basically, none of the characters ended up working out for me in BECOMING JINN.
- Azra is whiny, annoying, ungrateful and boring. She is a raging alcoholic when it comes to the Hateorade, and she feels the need to remind me of how much she hates everyone and everything at least once every single page.
- Apparently, the only thing Azra doesn’t hate is her love interest. And her other love interest. See, there’s Henry. He’s the only one I even came close to liking, because about 50% of the book he’s trying to move on. Get on with his life after Azra. She doesn’t like it, Henry doesn’t care. I appreciate that. Azra can’t go around acting like she owns everybody.Then there’s Nate. Oooooh Nate. Yeah, Azra spends 95% of the book fangirling over Nate and how much she likes him (even though she’s not sure about Henry). Instalove to the max.
- The Zar sisters. I would say BECOMING JINN is very much about sisterly bonds and how Azra comes to get closer to these people… if her sisters actually meant anything. Yes, sure, Azra does get closer to these people and begin to understand them better. The only problem is how ridiculously clichéd they all are. They fit into these neat little rows of boxes, little personality checkmarks ticked off on a list of roles that need playing in the book. I couldn’t stand them, not one of them.
I really couldn’t stand any of the three points above, which made it really hard to keep track of this story, where it was going and why I cared about each of them. I liked where the book was going in the beginning, but I wanted a lot more from the characters than I got, and in the end it just wasn’t enough. I would much rather recommend one of the jinn books I mentioned above, but I probably won’t be recommending this one. 1.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 384
Series: Becoming Jinn