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Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn #1)
by Lori Goldstein
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: April 21st 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Mythology
Rate: 4 Flowers


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.

Books involving genies seem to becoming more of a trend in the young adult genre, although there still aren't too many that exist. I was so excited to read Becoming Jinn, and it didn't disappoint! 

Becoming Jinn immediately takes you into the world of genies, with Azra having become one on her sixteenth birthday. I did like Azra's character. Although she's definitely negative at times, I thought her outlook to having become a genie was reasonable considering the situation and her snark could definitely be entertaining. I was sucked into the novel from the first page.

The plot itself was enjoyable and I really enjoyed the perspective on genies that Becoming Jinn had. The way the genie world was built with all of the Zar sisters (Azra's Jinn "sisters") and the way genies existed fairly normally alongside everyone else was interesting to read about. 

One complaint I do have is the love triangle. I'm not usually a huge fan of love triangles, and the one in Becoming Jinn was a bit frustrating. However, I'm definitely Team Henry! I love the boy next door type and I thought he was really sweet. 

Becoming Jinn is a great novel that has an addictive writing style! I'd give it 4 out of 5 flowers :) 

 Dream Cast:

I have to admit, as a writer, I never picture anyone as my characters while planning, drafting, or revising. I’m too afraid of consciously or subconsciously infusing the traits of those people, be it those I know personally or those I see on TV and in movies, into my characters. As a reader, I prefer to come up with my own image that lives solely in my head and I generally feel the same way as an author.

However, now that I’ve finished writing book 2 in the Becoming Jinn series, I’m feeling free to fan cast away!

So here are my picks for Becoming Jinn’s main characters.


Try as I might, I couldn’t find someone with Azra’s gold eyes, but her long, dark hair, feistiness, and intelligence seem to make Shay Mitchell a good fit.


The boy next door, with messy, sandy-brown hair, green eyes, and glasses, Henry is the friend, big brother, and maybe, just maybe, something more we all want and deserve. Ansel Elgort fits the flip-flops nicely.


Tall, cropped black hair, and abs that seem like the result of a wish granting, the sweet, slightly insecure Nate could easily be played by Dave Franco.


Little Laila, with her blue eyes and wavy blond hair, is Azra’s best Jinn friend. Loyal, petite, and making the best of a not-so-great situation, Gigi Hadid seems to embody Laila.


Azra’s rival, her Jinn sister Yasmin, has a sharp tongue, sharp nose, and keen ability for getting under Azra’s skin. I can think of no other but Kylie Jenner.

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My debut novel, the Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy Becoming Jinn, is a modern spin on the traditional tale of wish-granting genies. It will be released on April 21, 2015, by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s. The sequel will follow in Spring 2016. I am represented by Lucy Carson of The Friedrich Agency.

Too much of my day involves chatting books, obsessing over The Vampire Diaries, and perfecting the art of efficient writing through Twitter. Find me at @loriagoldstein and follow my blog at or my Tumblr at Like my author page on Facebook for fun book-related photos, tidbits, and happenings as well as news on Becoming Jinn.

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  1. I love that you liked this and even found the writing style addictive! Great review!

  2. It does sound good, but I'm wary of the love triangle aspect. :/

  3. I'm.excited to give this one a try :) great review!

  4. Hmm. I'm a little bit iffy about love triangles. I can't say that I really dislike them--but them can be irritating when I feel like they're unnecessary. Buuuuut, the storyline sounds so good, that I know I'm going read it anyway. Lovely review! :)


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