Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (April 21, 2015)
Rating: 1 Star
Cover Rating: <3 <3 <3
SYNOPSIS: 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.
This review will be short and sweet because I didn’t like this book at all. In fact Becoming Jinn is full of YA fantasy cliches. If you’re looking for a great book about genies, this ain’t it. One you have the main character who is weak and does nothing to change her fate. Second you have a main character who is a total whiny brat about everything and to everyone. Third you have a main character who is a complete idiot when it comes to love.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen there is the love triangle. What makes it worse is the insta-love associated with the triangle. Before people jump down my throat, I don’t have a problem per se with love triangles I just hate when they are done wrong. Becoming Jinn does it wrong. Way wrong. I mean how in the hell you can’t figure out that your best friend has a crush on you but at the same time you’re instantly falling head over heels in love with the next guy. The same guy you don’t know shit about. Azra doesn’t know a damn thing about Nate but then instantly she is thinking about him. Obsessing over him and falling in love with him. I was a teenage once and I don’t remember that happening. But moving on before this becomes a rant.
Seriously, I feel ripped off and deceived by the synopsis. I was thinking I would be reading a bad ass book with some amazing characters and possible an original story line but I was tricked. This book is horrid. Sorry not trying to hurt anybody feelings but that’s my opinion. I personally feel that the author didn’t do enough research about the world of Jinn. Heck a lot of authors didn’t do there research about Jinns because there are a lot of horrible books on the market about genies.
Oh hell, I’m going to stop right not before I go into mean territory because this book sucks. The characters suck and were one-dimensional. The author did a terrible job a showcasing what a real sisterhood can be but instead took the cliche stereotypical route. So sad. This book had so much potential. I’m rooting for more books about Genies/Jinn because I find them fascinating but with books like Becoming Jinn out in the world I don’t think Genies will become as popular as the can be. Please if there is anybody out there–I’m begging you to write a decent genie story.
Oh hell I need to stop right here before I go into the mean territory because this book sucks. I mean it had so much potential to be something special instead the author took every YA cliches and mix it all together and made this shit. You have the bitchy mean girl, the hot love interest. I guess being a lifeguard makes you hot. Whatever. On top of that the author took the stereotypical route instead of showcasing what a real sisterhood could be. But nope. Women can’t support each other–we’re too busy trying to tear each other down. Also this book is boring. There was hardly any action–it pretty much was Azra whining and complain or making googly eyes with Nate. I swear every time he came into the scene our heroine became a stumbling, speechless fool. Blah.
Like I said this book is shit and I highly recommend you stay far far away from it. 🙁
P.S. I don’t know if the author intended this but I swear this book is more Dystopian than fantasy. If you read the book you would understand where I’m coming from with this.