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Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein {Just Hatched}

Just Hatched Book Feature

Just Hatched is a feature where I share my first impressions of a book after the first chapter. Check out the announcement post for more information.

Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein is the latest in a string of stories surrounding jinni and their mythology, so of course I had to check it out. I’m really liking the jinni trend, though I’ve yet to find the perfect jinni book ;-). Becoming Jinn is a pretty light fantasy from what I could see, with a contemporary setting and the potential for lots of girl drama not related to cool jinni powers. I found myself getting annoyed with the female teenage characters early on, so decided to stop, but if you’re generally a fan of contemporary with just a splash of fantasy, Becoming Jinn could be a good book for you.

Note: I received an advanced copy of Becoming Jinn from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein {Just Hatched}

Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein (Becoming Jinn #1)
Published by Feiwel & Friends on April 21st, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 384 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!

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.

2 Stars

How is the writing style?

Becoming Jinn is told in first-person present tense from the MC Azra’s point of view. It looks like there is only the one point of view since Becoming Jinn is that sort of story. The writing style is rather young and simplistic, making Becoming Jinn feel like it’ll be a good starter YA for younger teen readers.

General tone of the beginning

Becoming Jinn starts with Azra waking up to basically puberty overnight because jinn turn gorgeous and get their powers when they turn 16. She’s clearly not thrilled with the expectations placed on her, doesn’t fit in well with her jinn sister-group of other teenage girls, and is a bit angsty from a tragic childhood accident. Like I said, the tone is rather light and young with a splash of Mean Girls.

Setting, genre, etc?

I’m totally using the term contemporary fantasy to describe Becoming Jinn! It’s the typical secret magical world hiding in plain sight in the human world with everyone comically trying to blend in. The girls all go to high school, though it is summer vacation. The setting seemed to be the US somewhere, though unspecific American Town ya know? And the age range is definitely young YA (which is rather redundant but you know what I mean!).

Verdict

  1. What are you talking about, I already finished it last night (~5 stars)
  2. Definitely going to be reading this next (~4 stars)
  3. Keeping and hoping to get back to (~3 stars)
  4. Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
  5. Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)

Like I said above, Becoming Jinn rubbed on my annoying teenage girl nerves pretty quickly, so it isn’t a book for me, however I’m sure that readers who aren’t bothered by that type of character and enjoy a lighter contemporary storyline will enjoy the quick and fun writing. 2 stars it is!

Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

© 2015, Anya. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. While I’ve been looking forward to this book, even if ‘contemporary fantasy’ (which I generally call urban fantasy) isn’t really my thing. However… I have read books with first person present tense and I really don’t like that style. At all. Not sure it would be enough, but adding the teen highschool experience (is there any other?) and a Mean Girls vibe…I’m starting to think I might just give it a pass.
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    • I generally call urban fantasy books that are more mystery and kick-butt focused I guess whereas contemporary fantasy is basically a contemporary story with a bit of magic thrown in ya know? You might read the first chapter and see how it works for you?

  2. I seem to remember reading a couple of reviews that took this off my to-read list. Thanks for the confirmation, and here’s hoping your next read is better!
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  3. I don’t find jinnis particularly interesting, but even if I loved them, I think I may be a bit too old for this book. I’m not a big fan of teenage girl drama. It annoys me and I never could relate to it anyway, not even when I was a teenager.
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  4. Good idea for a post! I classified it as contemporary fantasy too and yes I think you were right to stop this one. I kept going because it was a review book, but the style stays the same.

    • Thanks :D Good to know, there are just too many books to read to stick with something not enjoyable :-/

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