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Young Adult contemporary fantasy 

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
ISBN: 9781250055392
Recommended ages: 12 and up

Available as an audiobook.

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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.

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 Starred Review and ranked as one of the Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror of 2015*

 

“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

 

“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 

 

“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.”

– Kirkus

 

“[Azra’s] struggles with family and impending adulthood ring true and will likely cultivate a loyal, sequel-hungry audience.”

―Booklist

 

“A fresh, gently subversive tale with a new strain of paranormal problems at its core.”

– B&N Teen Blog

 

Circle of Jinn

Being Jinn is Azra’s new reality. As she grants wishes under the watchful eye of the Afrit council, she remains torn between her two worlds—human and Jinn. Soon, secrets spill. Zars are broken. Humans become pawns. And rumors of an uprising become real as the Afrit’s reach extends beyond the underground world of Janna.

Straddling the line becomes impossible. Aware of her unique abilities, Azra must not just face but embrace her destiny. But when the role she must play and those she must protect expand to include a circle of Jinn greater than her own, Azra will be forced to risk everything. A risk that means there’s everything to lose, and at the same time, everything to gain—for herself and her entire Jinn race.

In this dramatic sequel to Becoming Jinn, Azra’s story comes to a heartfelt and thrilling conclusion.

 

Young Adult contemporary fantasy 

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
ISBN: 9781250055408
Recommended ages: 12 and up

Available as an audiobook.

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Praise for Circle of Jinn

“In this follow-up to Becoming Jinn (2015), fledgling jinni Azra embraces her magical heritage and fights for family and freedom. While book one focused primarily on Azra’s resistance to her magic and determination to remain as human as possible, book two takes a sharp turn into high fantasy as Azra and her friends and family band together to stop the oppressive rule of the Afrit, the jinn ruling class. Romance and wish granting take a backseat to friendship, political intrigue, and Azra’s maturation and ongoing discovery of her heritage. Fans of the first book should be satisfied by this conclusion.”
— Booklist

“Romance readers will enjoy a couple titillating scenes between Azra and Nate, along with Azra’s ambivalent feelings for her best friend, Henry―indeed, it is this relationship between friends that is the most compelling part of the novel.”
— VOYA

 

Young Adult contemporary fantasy 

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
Recommended ages: 12 and up

Genius of Jinn

Discover who Azra was before becoming Jinn.

 

In Genius of Jinn, a prequel to Becoming Jinn and the sequel Circle of Jinn, thirteen-year-old Azra and her nemesis Yasmin are whisked away to a mysterious land with a special language, awe-inspiring architecture, and quirky toilets: France. As the enchanting French Jinn Tayma guides them through the streets of Paris, they discover not only a book of spells, but a truth neither of them is prepared for: that in their inevitable transition to becoming Jinn, their shared genie ancestry may just make them stronger together than they are apart.

 

Download the free online-only short story and discover who Azra was before Becoming Jinn.

 

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