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Before writing full time, she worked as an entertainment publicist, a career she chronicles in her novel, "Alert the Media." However, she is happy to leave that world behind her, preferring that any drama in her life is only that which she creates for her characters. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three teenagers, along with their "fur children," Bean and Oliver.
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- File size : 1024 KB
- Publication date : December 11, 2013
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Evatopia Press (December 11, 2013)
- Print length : 315 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B00CB0P55W
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,943,687 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Print Length: 315 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 162378087X
Publisher: Evatopia Press (April 9, 2013)
I bought this book from amazon.
Warning- some mature scenes are written inside this book.
I adore the cover! It is beautiful! This was an amazing fast paced read that is full of magic, romance, unrequited love, danger, suspense, and intrigue. I love the unique take on genies and their magical abilities. I also love that the author done a lot of research in writing this novel. It shows very clearly in the writing and also makes the story come together better. The characters are wonderful and I loved how the girls would banter between each other. I wish that the genie did more in protection besides whats in the book. It was hard after a few turn of events in the book, but alas made the story better and will continue into book 2 of this series. I can't wait to find out what will behold our characters- Phin, Suki, and James. Will they reunite with Sam or is it all for not?? This authors writing is simply superb and magical in and of itself. I can't possibly wait until the next book comes out. This is a great budding series for all that love time-travel.
Amazon Book Description~
The discovery of an ancient bottle unleashes a Genie - and the wrath of the Demon Gypsies chasing her...
When Suzette ("Suki") is released from her bottle by two teen girls, she is more than a bit surprised that a Genie of her calibre is beholden to two average high school students. After dealing with dignitaries and noblemen, however, she believes this will be a welcome break.
Until she discovers the teens' hidden powers and that one will come to possess the Amulet of Pollox, a necklace that contains the secrets from some of the greatest minds throughout history. Unfortunately, she's not the only one who notices. The Amulet draws the attention of the two powerful and vengeful Demon Gypsies who have pursued Suki through time and will stop at nothing to snatch the girls and the Amulet.
Suddenly, Suki is not just helping the girls navigate high school crushes, she's safeguarding them from danger unlike anything they've ever known. To make matters more complicated, she must also fight her attraction to James - her protector through the ages - whose sudden arrival threatens her resolve and her heart.
A time-traveling Genie and her unrequited love...
Demon Gypsies with an insatiable quest for power...
And the teen girls whose existence threatens them all.
This is the world of "Released," book one of The Romani Realms series by Mia Fox, a Young Adult trilogy featuring elements of paranormal romance and steampunk.
This is the first genie story I've read in quite some time. And what really had me excited was that, instead of the book being in the Releasors point of view, it was instead in the genie's. The general concept of Suki's powers and story was well-thought out. She grants her Releasors three wishes, but they have to be used for selfless reasons. For good. It's a rule that Suki herself has never wavered from or changed, no matter what the cost.
Suki definitely had personality, but I didn't think the author executed her point of view very well. Many of the chapters were in 3rd person, but it makes it seem like Suki is seeing everything happening. And that is the part that felt odd to me. It was hard to go from reading about the other characters, and then to what Suki is doing at the same time. Not only do the two girls get the spotlight, but the two villains do as well. It was sometimes hard to go back and forth between all of them, especially when plot points were interwoven together.
I didn't think the flashbacks were handled very well. They were not clearly separated from the present, and some of them seemed like fillers in the story before the major plot points were revealed. And when Suki was telling stories, she tended to get side-tracked and start talking about something else. The girls would have to remind her about what she'd started talking about in the first place. Let's just say, I don't remember very much about her past lives. There was just so much history told, both through flashbacks and in conversations. And some of it didn't seem essential to either the story, or why Suki is the way she is now.
The characters are the most important part of the story, aside from the plot. If the characters seem weak, annoying, or I essentially end up hating them, then the author is doing something wrong. Don't get me wrong, I liked the characters. But I didn't end up loving any of them. Except for Raven, who was a fantastic villain, I was confused by some of their personalities. Especially Charlotte. When she finds out that the guy she's crushing on was involved in her best friend's accident, she's all like, You must be wrong. Oh, he's so hot, I don't care. I was not a fan of her and Phineas' relationship, nor the fact that she didn't listen to Samantha's or Suki's advice to stay away from him. He was not the good guy here. Charlotte's personality is made up to her being the sensible and safe one out of the two best friends. Instead, hers and Sam's personality and roles are reversed throughout the story. The characters are the most important part of the story, aside from the plot. If the characters seem weak, annoying, or I essentially end up hating them, then the author is doing something wrong. I also wasn't totally convinced of Suki. She's lived everywhere, yet she has a very clear southern US accent. She said the south was one of her favorite places on earth. But if she's lived all over the world, one would think that her accent might include all sorts of different dialects and speech, as well as with the way she talks. Her accent was not the only part of her personality I wasn't keen to agree with. I also didn't like the advice that she gave the girls.
Am I the only one confused by the ending? What did Charlotte do? Before you maim me for all the negative, I really did enjoy the story! I loved how Suki wouldn't grant wishes unless it was for the most unselfish of reasons. As long as it was for good. I liked where the story was heading, although I'm still confused by a lot of the aspects. I liked James and Sam the most. Although, who James is and why he was there was a little hard to understand. I thought Raven was a brilliant villain, and I was intrigued to find out her motivations for everything. And that ending leaves me wanting to know more! :)
Suki's background and how she told snippets of her past at times was great, but also had me a little baffled about her actual relationship with her past releasers. She is very strict about getting involved with James - whom I loved - but sounded a bit flaky otherwise. I admit that I wasn't completely sold by her. I was also not 100% happy about her limits at times. And I definitely think the girls were a pain in the @#*. That is probably why I had a hard time loving this book. I spent more time frustrated with the girls. Raven was probably the only other character outside of James that I thought was true to character and actually made sense even if she was the villain. The whole true love thing causing her to lose it and her blind faith in that love is definitely believable although not what I would have done. Phineas just seems weak to me, but with potential in future books.
I know others loved it and I can see why, but I just couldn't get there myself. I think this book fits great with YA, but I don't think it will appeal to all ages. I hope I'm wrong because I do think it was interesting.