The Fire Wish & The Blind Wish (The Jinni Wars #1 & #2) by Amber Lough ~ Review by Fallon

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 22nd 2014
by Random House Children's
Source: HC provided by Publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars

Goodreads Description:

A jinni. A princess. And the wish that changes everything. . . .

Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad—which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form—as each other. A jinni and a human, trading lives. Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered—enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love.

Fallon's Review:

Thank you so much Random House for providing me a copy for review. This in  no way affects my opinion of the book.

I have been waiting for a Genie book to read. I was so excited when I came across this series. This book was magical and enchanting and I loved every second. Both Zayele and Najwa seem to live a life of expectation but both want more. Najwa is a trained Jinni and lives below the surface in caves with all of her kind. Zayele lives in the mountains till she is chosen to leave everything she knows to marry a prince she has ever met.

Najwa just discovered the wards to keep the Jinn out of the palace do not work on her. She soon becomes curious of the girl who will be sent to marry the prince and goes to spy and catch a glimpse. Things go horribly wrong and Zayele who wants out of her obligation and just wants to go home catches Najwa and makes a wish and now both are stuck living each others lives.

Both girls find themselves scared of discovery and in unfamiliar territory but maybe that is just what they need. Zayele never wanted the life chosen for her but I think Najwa loved her life and people and just wanted to be the best Jinn possible. I think the both find themselves on a journey of self discovery.

This story is magical and emotional and you will be captivated from beginning till end. I loved the way Amber portrayed the way Jinn materialize. The Fire Wish took me by surprise since I was just looking for a fun read and this book had such a great and enchanting story that takes you in. There are are relationship that build and grow. This is a must read. This is a book that you will keep on your shelf and never let go.

Praise for Jinni Wars I: The Fire Wish:

“War, magic, and romance kept me reading nonstop!” —Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of the Beka Cooper trilogy

“A fantastically compelling and romantic read from a shining new voice in YA.” —Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 28th 2015 
by Random House Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC provided by the Publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars

Goodreads Description:

Two sisters. A war. And the wish to end regret. . . . The magical, evocative follow-up to The Fire Wish.

The war: The lies that started the conflict are in the open now, but the war between the humans and the jinn is as bitter as ever—and becoming far more treacherous.
The sisters: Najwa and Zayele have just learned they’re half-jinni, half-human twins. Najwa is now the jinni representative at the human palace, working to bring peace. But her new role comes at a price—she’s no longer allowed alone with her cherished Prince Kamal. And as Zayele adjusts to life among the jinn, she discovers that she’s a magus, one of the most powerful jinn in the Cavern. Suddenly, she’s thrown into special training, and the strongest young men in the army are competing to be paired up with her.
The wish: Once again, Zayele makes a wish. A wish that she doesn’t think can possibly go wrong. A wish that neither sister could imagine would change the outcome of the war.
Fallon's Review:

Thank you so much Random House for providing me with an ARC of Bind Wish for review. This in no way affects my opinion in my review.

Being an Identical Twin and reading this story I think Amber Lough nailed the dynamics and feelings that most twins face at some point and time. That is one of the things I loved most about book 2 is that she really explores the emotions of both girls. Both look exactly alike but are different in so many ways. I also loved some of the nods to Aaddin. Like the carpet but it was like a 100 times cooler.

Zayele has just discovered she is more than she seems. When she materializes from one spot to another she has a blue flame and only the most powerful Jinn have a blue flame. She soon finds herself the center of attention.

Najwa is trying to bring peace between the Jinn and humans. This proves to be a little challenging when Kamal's older brother returns and peace is the farthest thing from his mind. Kamal takes a position that demands he and Najwa only be seen in public. He can not appear to be coerced into any advisement he may make. 

Things are not all they seem at court. Will the Jinn and Humans find peace or will there be an all out war? This book was full of twist and turns and was a non stop adventure that I tore through. I am so glad I found this series and am glad it was the first Jinn book I had read.

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Author Description

lives with her physicist husband and their two kids in Lower Saxony, Germany.
As a child, Amber moved about every two years and spent much of it overseas in Cuba, Japan, and Bahrain. She attended High School in North Charleston, South Carolina and studied Russian at Saint Louis University in Missouri before heading into the Air Force. She was an Intelligence Officer stationed in San Diego, and travelled the Pacific for her job. She also spent about 8 months in Baghdad, Iraq. After having her first child, she left the Air Force to begin writing full-time.
Amber is represented by Laura Rennert of Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Visit Amber over at The Fourteenery and The Hanging Gardens where she contributes with other YA authors.


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