Jinn and Juice, Nicole Peeler
Genre: Sci-fi and fantasy
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
This sounded fun, but I did struggle with it to begin with. It developed into a good read though once I got to grips with the story and I look forward to more from Leila and co.
Poor Leila, been avoiding capture and being Bound now its so close to the end of the thousand years, and then…dammit, with only a few days left she gets Bound by a Magi, a very strong but inexperienced one at that. Ozan though isn’t like past masters she’s had, and once he knows her story he promises to unbind her once they’ve found the young girl he needs to trace to return to her family. He needs Leila’s Jinni to help, Leila has far more power when she’s Bound, and they need that to protect them all, but after past experiences she doesn’t trust him. She thinks once he gets a taste of his true power he’ll change…
Its a great read, full of fun and interesting characters, a neat plot that lets the reader learn more about them in a show not tell way – I hate books which just tell us about characters, I want to learn about them from their experiences, and that’s done perfectly here. There’s magic and fun, danger and disasters, and all the while the battle to get everything sorted in time so Leila can be unbound and become human, or else she faces another thousand years as a Jinni. There’s some hard decisions to take, some issues with trust and all the while we can feel a simmering attraction between Leila and Oz. I really liked him, and the way he was strong when he needed to be, not afraid to take advice and how he felt for Leila was very clear, and yet he was so honourable he wanted to ensure it was her that wanted him and not the Jinni….Sadly there are some real surprises for all of them, and things happen that leave them all facing death. Its a fun read, a race against time, full of magic and mayhem and I look forward for more from the crew.
Stars: Four and a half, a slow start but a read that proved to be full of future promise.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.