by Laura Catherine
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
A teen shouldn’t have to live a life on the run, with constant moves and training in self-defense. Kyra and her father have always lived this way, and though she resents it, it is what she knows.
But everything she knows shatters when a boy named Will and his team of supernaturally-powered friends kidnaps her and takes her to the community of the Djinn. She learns her true past as a noble daughter of the Djinn, a magical people with fantastic powers, and she discovers the true identity of the man she thought of as her father. Can she rearrange her whole perspective of reality to fit in to the place they say she belongs? Can she adopt their strange culture and master the supernatural powers she possesses? Can she ignore her heart and reject the tempting Will because of their different classes in Djinn society?
Laura has worked long and hard on Djinn. One of my first “web friends” through our blogs, I have seen her grow and mature as an author. I know how much we writers need to learn so we can hone and craft great books. Laura is miles ahead of me as a young writer, and I am honored that she let me contribute to her efforts!
Laura’s new slant on the Genie is a lot of fun. Her world and her characters have a vivid life to them and the feelings she addresses bring them to life. The exploration of prejudice and classism she explores through the story and the protagonist perspective has a fresh perspective in the contemporary work.
The book still could use some work with active writing, verb variety, and variety in sentence structure. Some overcomplicated or overlong sentences remain, as well as a few confusing paragraphs. The way Laura wrote the book, the language might work much better as an audiobook or a movie. Some of the dialogue took a little analysis to follow the meaning.
Kyra’s tough girl character with a solid connection to her emotions was refreshing. She represented just the right mixture of soft and tough so that I didn’t want to smack her for being a wimp, but also didn’t consider her heartless. Laura thought a lot about how her characters would react to the strange surprises in their lives and that enhanced my experience as a reader.
I can’t wait to see what Laura will come up with next!
I received this book from the author for the purposes of an unbiased review.
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