by Michelle Merrill
Published by Future House Publishing
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery
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The existence of genies may be the best kept secret in the history of the world.
After being trapped in the Sahara Desert her whole life, sixteen-year-old genie Brielle finally gets her first assignment in Tri-Cities, Washington. She eagerly heads out into the human world to grant her first wish so she can gain her magic. Unfortunately, her assigned human, Addie, gave up believing in wishes years ago and would much rather everyone just leave her alone.
Complicating everything is Rock, Brielle’s childhood friend turned enemy. Brielle doesn’t need him ruining her first trip out into the human world. Too bad she can’t keep her mind--or her eyes--off him and his annoyingly cute dimples.
To make matters worse, genies in the Tri-Cities area are suspiciously dying. One broken lamp could be an accident, but after three, Brielle suspects someone has uncovered the genies’ secret and is slowly killing them off one by one.
With the Genie Council ignoring the threat, Brielle desperately needs to gain her magic so she can stop the murderer before she--or Rock--is the next genie to die.
Another subject that I wouldn’t normally choose to read – genies. But, I got this book for free on Kindle, so I thought I would give it a try. And surprise, surprise – I really enjoyed it.
I think most of my readers can tell by now, I love it when an author creates a new world or alternative world. In this case, the book takes place in the United States, but there is alternative universe where Genies are trained an prepared for their “job” when they are twelve. It’s fun to learn all the background that goes with being a genie.
This could be really hokey, if that’s all this book were about. But, it’s not just a fantasy novel about genies. But it also has the underlying issues of coming of age, so you can really relate the teenagers in this. Add the mystery of who is killing off other genies, and you have a real twist.
I read this book in less than a day and went to download the sequel, but, there wasn’t one! It left on a cliffhanger, and gah. Let’s just say, I will be keeping an eye out for the next installment.