Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

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“Wishing doesn’t make it so, Azra does.

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.”
My Thoughts:
Man. Just man. I was so hyped about this book when I bought it. Genies? oh hell yeah that sounded so cool. I was so ready to get propelled into a wonderful world full of Jinn, but man was I disappointed. The book did not meet my expectations.
I was expecting a great adventure or just something great. This book just did not deliver what I had expected. The concept of the book sounds great and the potential for it to be an amazing book is there, but it just did not make it.
This book took me a few months to read. I picked it up was not too entertained when I started it. I feel like a hefty part of the book was mainly set on the day she became a Jinn in their home. That part kind of dragged so I kept putting the book down.
After she goes to work at the concession shack on the beach, I feel like it picks up a bit more. Even though it picked up, it was still not that amazing.
I think what bothers me the most about this book is that there was sooooooo much potential. I can feel it in my bones that this book would have been so fucking good if it was turned up just a notch. The concept is great and I feel like Lori Goldstein has something going for her, but she just hasn’t found the right tune.
Hopefully the next book will be better. Yes, I’m still picking it up. There is so much potential for this series to be great that I am hoping that Lori Goldstein will kick it up a notch. I don’t hate the book and I don’t dislike it that much. I enjoyed it, but it just wasn’t what I thought I was hoping for. It felt more coming of age rather than a fantasy novel.
Until next time yall!
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