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Circle of Jinn (Becoming Jinn) Hardcover – May 17, 2016
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The theme so central to the first book (family) makes a comeback, and therein lies my only complaint regarding the book - I expected given the rest of the book to have sacrifice be the key to the final conflict, and no doubt, there's some, but I expected more. For teen readers in particular, the things Azara gives up will pluck at the heart strings, but I'm a heartless bastard with a taste for seeing characters suffer in order to triumph, so take it for what you will.
We catch up with Azra now that she's granting wishes under the direction of the Afrit council. She's still struggling with her estrangement from her sisters in the Jinn world, and with a wish that she doesn't want to grant incorrectly.
So it's that struggle that drives her to learn how to better control her Jinn powers and figure out her heritage, when a mysterious stranger comes into her life...
What i loved about Circle of Jinn was Lori's gentle emphasis that time continues to march on, regardless of whether you are Jinn or not, and regardless of whether you want to be Jinn or not. This is Azra's new normal now, and she has to learn how to deal with it.
This hits especially close to home, when she's confronted both with a wish she doesn't necessarily want to grant, and when she comes face-to-face with Lailah after a period of estrangement. Azra sees just how much she's missed her sister Jinn, and it's up to her to right all of the balances in her life.
While I loved Goldstein's debut, I love Circle of Jinn even more, because it's so obvious how much Goldstein has grown as a writer. The stakes are higher, the character development is more well-rounded and our attachments to the characters are so much deeper.
Though the build-up is slow, it's worth the pay-off and the surprises along the way. I was especially intrigued by the introduction of a new secondary character, who helps to round out the questions that Azra has had about her world, and helps bridge her two lives together.
All in all, a gorgeous secondary read that you can't miss.
As in Becoming Jinn, the world is the most immersive part of the story. When I read this book, I am in the setting. Another big part is characters, and their developments. In this book, every character has a secret, and many of them come out. And there are almost as many surprises as there are secrets. As an avid reader I have become very good at predicting plot twists and turns, but this book had quite a few that caught be by surprise.
With themes of accepting yourself and others for who they are, this book has a perfect mix of magic, family relationships, and romance. This book wraps up Azra’s story, with an ending that answers most questions, but still leaves enough for the readers imagination to think of what might happen to the characters father in the future.
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I was dying for the conclusion to Azra's story and I can totally die satisfied now! Except that I kind wish I was a genie?Published 4 days ago by Cmcraig
A heartfelt ending to a cozy series. I'll miss Azra and her sisters!Published 6 days ago by natbug2106
I adored this conclusion so much! I loved going into the underground world of the Afrit-- the worldbuilding was incredible. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jennifer Malone