Friday’s Five Reasons to Read: Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

Posted 24 April, 2015 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review / 2 Comments

Friday’s Five Reasons to Read: Becoming Jinn by Lori GoldsteinBecoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein
Published by Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan on 2015-04-21
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, General, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher
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3.5 Stars

Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!

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. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.

Happy Friday my Friends and today I’d like to tell you my Five Reasons why I think you should read or would enjoy Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein



It’s about Jinnies!!!! A Paranormal, or supernatural species that is underrepresented in the YA literatures, yet there is so much room for great stories! My favorite so far is most definitely Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrious and then The Fire Wish, so of course – Becoming Jinn was high on my to-be read list!


SuperSixSunday_2It’s a cute, upbeat story! I really liked the tone, the temperament of the story. Asra is still so young, just turned 16, which also means that she will become a Jinn over night. But, Asra never wanted to be one and now has to deal with her new looks (super gorgeous over night) and her new powers!


SuperSixSunday_3It’s about wishes! Well, of course it is – we all (well, we think we know!) that if you capture a Jinn you have 3 wishes! Of course, it’s not like that in reality ( …and by that I mean in Becoming Jinn). Here you have one wish and you cannot even name the wish yourself, the Jinnie which is assigned to you looks deep into your soul and then tries to fulfil your deepest wish! I really liked this take on the wish mythology!

SuperSixSunday_4It’s not just about wishes, but also about family and friendship! Asra was always an outsider, among her Jinnie friends and her human friends. She never really fit in – or, so she thought! It was more that she herself was not really willing to get close to anyone after having lost her best childhood friend. But, with her becoming a Jinn she realized that she needs friends and slowly starts to open up!

SuperSixSunday_5It’s about romance, and when friendship can become more!
In all honesty, I really need some romance in order to fully enjoy a story. And of course, we have some romance here, especially with Asra becoming so über gorgeous over night. But, I really liked that the boys that are interested in her, were also interested in the Before-Jinn Asra. I just would have wished for stronger feelings, you know the butterflies and such….. (and the Love Triangle was also not helping much..)


Bottom Line

Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein  was a great, cute story and I am absolutely certain many people will love this story. I just didn’t completely connect with Asra as a character and I wasn’t always on board with her decisions. Maybe she was just to young for me… What I really loved was the take on wishes and how these Jinnies grant our deepest wishes, those we might not even know about!



Love the Jinnie Trend? I just love the idea that someone would be there granting my wishes:) 


About Lori Goldstein

orn into an Italian-Irish family, Lori Goldstein earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before embracing her love of fictional people. Lori is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn (Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan, April 21, 2015; Sequel, Spring 2016). When not writing or reading (preferably from a sandy local), Lori can be found chatting books and perfecting the art of efficient writing through Twitter (@loriagoldstein). You can visit her online at, Tumblr and Instagram:

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