A Read & Review Club Review: Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

The CHB Read & Review Club is for educators and students who enjoy reading and would like to share the joy of reading with others through reviewing and recommending books. As a bookshop, we often receive special review copies of books in advance of their release dates so that we can review them. However, since we can only read so many books and we value the thoughts and opinions of other readers, CHB is recruiting educators and students to read and review advance reader copies (or arcs) of books that we receive, and we'll post their reviews on the Cavalier House Books website via the Read & Review Club Blog!

Samantha B. (16) is a Read & Review Club member, and she has written a review of Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein!

Here's a little about the book from the publisher: "Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit. To the humans she lives among, she's just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she's learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny. Mentored by her mother and her Zar "sisters", Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all."

Check out what Samantha has to say about the book:

Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein was overall excellent. I found it very hard to get into the book at first, as it was a little slow. But after I finished the first chapter I was definitely hooked. I could not put this book down! I was reading from dusk ‘til dawn! The characters were well developed, and it was easy to keep up with. I would definitely recommend this book to adults and young adults alike. Any advanced reader thirteen or older will definitely love this book. Every sentence is expertly crafted and everything is so surreal that you get sucked into the book. Instead of reading it, you are basically living it! While reading the book, I found it very hard to believe this was her first novel! If you decide to read this book you will not be disappointed! The only thing I found a bit disappointing was that there were some clichés. But I definitely hope to see more from this author in the near future. She definitely is an amazing writer now and she can only get better from there.

Thanks to Samantha for her review!