*VOYA Starred Review and ranked as one of the Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror of 2015*
Praise for Becoming Jinn
“The genie theme is original and appealing. Azra is likable; her struggles–even factoring in the genie issue–are real and relatable. This well-written title . . . will not stay on the shelf.”
– VOYA Magazine starred review
“Becoming Jinn offers everything I adore in a book: a rebellious, snarky heroine, a fresh plot that had me devouring pages, and flourishes of dreamy romance. The only thing it left me wishing for was the sequel!”
– Anna Banks, New York Times best-selling author of the Syrena Legacy series and Joyride (June 2015)
“Becoming Jinn is a delightful portrait of what the life of a modern-day genie might be. Vividly imagined and written with spirit and verve.”
– Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 series and Sweet (June 2015)
“Becoming Jinn is refreshing and poignant, navigating the turbulent waters of friendship and family while reminding us that every wish has its price. A captivating and magical debut!”
– Jessica Khoury, author of Origin, Vitro, and Kalahari
“Through Azra’s first-person, present-tense narration, the act of ‘becoming Jinn’ provides a rich metaphor for the potency and frustration of adolescence. Bonds between women and girls are celebrated, while such tired teen-lit tropes as romantic triangles and mean cheerleaders are subtly subverted.”
“[Azra’s] struggles with family and impending adulthood ring true and will likely cultivate a loyal, sequel-hungry audience.”
“A fresh, gently subversive tale with a new strain of paranormal problems at its core.”
– B&N Teen Blog
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Summary of Becoming Jinn
Wishing doesn’t make it so, Azra does.
Azra Nadira’s Jinn ancestry means magic has always been inside her. But the rules don’t allow her to begin drawing upon it until the day she turns sixteen. The day she receives the silver bangle that releases her powers and transforms her into a genie.
It doesn’t have to be tight like a handcuff to achieve the same effect.
Her destiny is now controlled by the powerful Afrit who rule over the Jinn world, and she must keep her true identity a secret from all but the fellow Jinn who make up her Zar sisterhood.
Though she grew up with these five Jinn “sisters,” they’ve always wanted the one thing Azra never has: to become a Jinn. This fact separates Azra from them now more than ever. When she reconnects with Henry, the human boy across the street she used to play with as a child, she finds in him the best friend her Zar sisters are supposed to be.
The more she uses her powers, the less she feels like a Jinn. Maybe that’s because her focus begins to shift to Nate, the lifeguard with the underwear model exterior and sweet, shy interior.
Her attachments to Henry and Nate and the human world begin to further strain her ties to her Zar and the Jinn. With her attention divided, she skirts the rules, and her genie mistakes begin to mount, along with the consequences.
As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.
Becoming Jinn is a Young Adult contemporary fantasy from Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan.
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
Available: April 21, 2015
Recommended ages: 12 and up
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Here’s a sneak peek at Becoming Jinn‘s first page!
A chisel, a hammer, a wrench. A sander, a drill, a power saw. A laser, a heat gun, a flaming torch. Nothing cuts through the bangle. Nothing I conjure even makes a scratch.
I had to try, just to be sure. But the silver bangle encircling my wrist can’t be removed. It was smart of my mother to secure it in the middle of the night while I was asleep, unable to protest.
Though my Jinn ancestry means magic has always been inside me, the rules don’t allow me to begin drawing upon it until the day I turn sixteen. The day I receive my silver bangle. The day I officially become a genie.
I slam my newly acquired accessory against my bedroom closet, leaving a rounded indent on the wood door. The pristine, gleaming metal mocks me. For the rest of my life, I’ll go where I’m told, perform on command, and do it all without question.
Barefooted, I can’t kick the pile of tools without impaling myself. I settle for shoving the saw, but in the blade, a flash of gold reflects back at me. I’ve ignored the unusual sensation of hairs tickling my bare shoulders all morning . . . the new tap, tap, tap of my nails against the conjured metal . . . the hem of my pajama pants now flirting with my calf. Ignored just in case. Just in case this bangle wasn’t here to stay. But even my talent for denial is no match for my curiosity when it’s been piqued.
Standing at the bathroom mirror, my breath catches in my throat.
The deepening of my olive skin, the angling of my cheekbones, the lengthening of my torso. I’ve seen them all before. On my mother, who wears them like she owns them. Unlike me, who wears them like a rented Halloween costume.
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