Series: The Jinni #1
Published by Orbit on April 7, 2015
Genres: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
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.
Following an author from one series to another, especially in the same genre, can sometimes be a bit of a risk. After all, it's not the same characters that you already fell in love with, not the same world, and who knows? You may not like the new characters and world building, or they might be so similar you get the two confused. Luckily, JINN AND JUICE is a great start to a new series, original and fun, that really shows Peeler knows what she's doing.
I was concerned that Leila wouldn't live up to Jane True. On the contrary, they were so different I wouldn't even want to compare them! Leila had a strong, clear voice that was her own, and was a great central character to build the story around. While I wasn't super keen on the romantic storyline between Leila and Oz, considering Oz had Leila "bound" as his jinn, I liked Oz too. He was a gentleman, and not a normal UF hero. He would be more likely to hold the door open for somebody than to kick the door open. I liked his gentleness and naivety to the supernatural world, it made him easier to sympathize with.
The secondary characters were really fun as well, and they did a good job of keeping the story going. They were all creative and unique in their own ways, and their diversity was nice. Plus, the world that Peeler created was a very interesting one, and I can't wait to learn more about the jinn, the magic, and all the other supernatural aspects. My only complaint was that the villain was a little hard to believe due to age and actions. There was a lot of what seemed to be temper-tantrum throwing that made it hard to believe this person could mastermind the situation that Leila found herself in.
All in all, JINN AND JUICE was a great start to the Jinni series. I can't wait to see what Peeler has in store next, as there was a bit of a cliffhanger, and I can only imagine the adventures that will come.Series Titles:
- Jinn and Juice