Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: eBook (Kindle)
Length: 326 pages
Publisher: Midnight Tide Publishing
Date of Publication: 27th April, 2022
Rating: 4/5 stars
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review
It had been a while since I read fantasy or romance so when I saw that Brindi Quinn was offering the forst book in the series prior to the release of the second book, I asked for both of them. I’ve loved all of what Brindi has written so far. Her world building and her characters never fail to amaze me. So I had high expectations for this book and I’m happy to report that it did not disappoint.
“A jaded girl. A persistent genie. A contest of souls.
Recent college graduate Dolly Jones has spent the last year stubbornly trying to atone for a mistake that cost her everything. She doesn’t go out, she doesn’t make new friends and she sure as hell doesn’t treat herself to things she hasn’t earned, but when her most recent thrift store purchase proves home to a hot, magical genie determined to draw out her darkest desires in exchange for a taste of her soul, Dolly’s restraint, and patience, will be put to the test.
Newbie genie Velis Reilhander will do anything to beat his older half-brothers in a soul-collecting contest that will determine the next heir to their family estate, even if it means coaxing desire out of the least palatable human he’s ever contracted. As a djinn from a ‘polluted’ bloodline, Velis knows what it’s like to work twice as hard as everyone else, and he won’t let anyone—not even Dolly f*cking Jones—stand in the way of his birthright. He just needs to figure out her heart’s greatest desire before his asshole brothers can get to her first.”
Brindi Quinn manages to find the most relatable characters and then adds an extra oomph factor to make them perfect. A badass girl with a tragic backstory? Check! An adorable guy with a troubled past? Check! A mix of loveable secondary characters? Check! Potential for a fiend turning into a friend? Check! What more could you ask for?!
The book is the first in the Bomb-ass Genie series and manages to hook you in within the first couple of chapters. We have Dolly, who is on a year of strict atonement for what she thinks is a major transgression. As luck would have it, she bonds with a genie who is determined to grant the most number of wishes and collect the most number of souls in order to inherit his father’s title. The only problem is his master does not want to wish for anything.
Brindi has managed to weave the most elaborate of plots with equal parts of humor, heartbreak and adventure. Her characters show a believable growth curve. Dolly’s description of her toxic boyfriend and the trauma that she experienced was gut-wrenching. The slow burn-romance part of the story made me want to scream at Dolly and Velis, but that is the beauty of the writing. As is her style, the author introduces the readers to a beautiful new world and gets them comfortable in it. The descriptions of the places that Velis transports Dolly to had me wanting to go there myself.
I love a misunderstood bad boy story arc, so Arrik is a character that I want to see more of in the future. As my first Genie romance, this was fast-paced and I couldn’t stop myself from devouring the entire book within a couple of days flat.
I’ve written about Brindi in my reviews of her other books but since its been a while and she’s got even more achievements to boast of, I thought I’d write about her again.
Brindi Quinn is a fangirling fantasy author from Minnesota specializing in world-building and romance. She is an advocate of quirky love and firmly believes that banter makes the heart grow fonder. Her main ingredients for a great read are sparkle, steam, and SWOON.
Since 2011, Quinn has written over a dozen young adult and new adult novels beginning with her debut epic fantasy series, Heart of Farellah. Her works often blur the lines between paranormal romance, science fiction, and fantasy, and her series have been hailed as unique, addictive reads by reviewers.
Brindi is an IT Project Manager by day and has a bachelor’s in communication-based studies. She lives in suburban Minnesota where she likes to bike, indulge in video game lore, and spend time with her life partner, Kent, the world’s cutest pup, Burton, and the fluffle of cantankerous rabbits that hop around her house.
Her work include:
- Heart of Farellah (2011)
- Fate of Farellah (2011)
- Moon of Farellah (2011)
- Sil in a Dark World (2012)
- Seconds (2012)
- Atto’s Tale (2012)
- The World Remains (2013)
- Lightborne (2016)
- The Eternity Duet (2016)
- The Pursuit of Zillow Stone (2017)
- Nightborne (2018)
- A Crown of Echoes (2020)
- A Crown of Reveries (2020)
- A Crown of Dawn (2021)
- A Crown of Felling (2021)
- Come True (2022)
- Granted (2022)