Becoming jinn

by Goldstein, Lori

Format: Print Book 2015
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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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "If Azra had one wish, she would want to be human. Instead, she is a newly minted jinn, her powers unlocked on her sixteenth birthday. Of course, power isn't power when it comes with conditions, and Azra chafes against the strict rules of the Afrit, the jinn ruling elite who call in their orders (assigning the wish-granting jinn to various humans) from an alternate dimension. Despite her resistance, Azra is unexpectedly talented, and learning magic is no easy feat; aided by her mother and the close group of 10 other jinn (5 mothers, 5 daughters), Azra struggles to stay separate from the human world, even though the Afrit have tight restrictions against involvement with humans, and slipups can have deadly consequences. The high point here is the well-developed friendships and rivalries among the two generations of jinn women. By comparison, Azra's burgeoning relationships with human boys fall flat, as does her somewhat familiar first-person narration. But her struggles with family and impending adulthood ring true and will likely cultivate a loyal, sequel-hungry audience.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In debut author Goldstein's genre-bending cross between urban fantasy and dystopia, genies secretly live among the human population, but they must keep their true nature secret or be punished by the despotic Afrit. Sixteen-year-old Azra hates her destiny as a jinn, forced to grant wishes and obey the Afrit's rules. Moreover, she is haunted by the death of her human best friend in a childhood accident-a crucial piece of backstory that lacks depth and power. As Azra and her jinn sisterhood come into their powers and begin granting wishes, Azra finds herself enmeshed in the lives of two boys: her deceased friend's brother, Henry, and Nate, an intimidatingly attractive, secretly sweet lifeguard. When Henry finds out about Azra's identity, life gets even more complicated. Azra's resentment of her situation is vivid and realistic, but it can border on whiny, and secondary characters are largely underdeveloped. Unfortunately, the plot tends toward the cliché, as Azra discovers that she has more power than most jinn and that there are secrets in her heritage. Ages 12-up. Agent: Lucy Carson, Friedrich Agency. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Jinn -- Fiction.
Teenage girls -- Fiction.
Paranormal fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher New York :Feiwel & Friends,2015
Language English
Description 377 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 1250055393
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