Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Review: Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler

Publication Date:4/7/2015
Series: The Jinni #1
Rating: 4 Stars 

Official Blurb:

Cursed to be a jinni for a thousand years, Leila nears the end of her servitude—only to be bound once again against her will. Will she risk all to be human?

Born in ancient Persia, Leila turned to her house Jinni, Kouros, for help escaping an arranged marriage. Kouros did make it impossible for her to marry—by cursing Leila to live a thousand years as a Jinni herself.

If she can remain unBound, Leila's curse will soon be over. But Ozan Sawyer, a Magi with the ability to See, Call, and Bind jinn has other plans. 
Oz needs Leila to help him penetrate Pittsburgh's steel-soaked magic, a juice potent but poisonous to supernatural creatures, in order to find a missing girl with her own mysterious connection to Kouros. Unfortunately for Leila, becoming Bound to Oz may risk more than just her chance to be human once more—it could risk her very soul...

Jinn and Juice is the first in a new series by fantasy writer, Nicole Peeler, set in a world of immortal curses, powerful jinni and belly dancing.

I’ll admit that going into Jinn and Juice I have had very little literary experience with Djinn or Jinn in this case. The only series that comes to mind with a Jinn character I’ve read that even comes to mind is the The Weather Warden series. When I saw Jinn & Juice pop up in Netgalley as well as a few emails from other blogs, I thought why the hell not and requested a copy from NG. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect going into this book because this is the very first book I’ve read by Nicole Peeler.

Yet, what I found within the pages of this series debut novel was a masterful blend of suspense, action, mystery, and humor. Peeler has managed to develop and create a Jinn character with enough brass and sass to make this debut novel hit the ground running for the Jinni series. I am honestly impressed with her ability to have a world filled with so many magical and mysterious creatures and be able to keep them all straight.  This is one of the most unique story plots I’ve read in a long time in the fantasy genre.

Lyla, our main character, commands the reader’s attention from the very first page. She’s sassy yet has enough kickass power within her that you don’t feel as if she’s a wilting flower in need of rescuing. Her backstory is creative in the sense that I didn’t expect it at all when it explained as the story progressed. Her team of friends and new master add delicious flavor to the story. They all play a part in her story and I honestly appreciate the fact that these characters aren’t purely for background and story filler.

Jinn & Juice was an easy forget life and read immediately kind of book. The characters and plot will leave you laughing while on the edge of your seat in suspense. Lyla’s humor will leave you laughing out loud. Peeler’s latest series is a sure fire contestant for the best series debut in 2015. Now is book two was only out… off to stalk Nicole for a release date!!

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