Published by Hachette Audio, Orbit Books Genres: Adult SFF, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Length: 11 hours 38 minutes
Narrator: Kara Bartel
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*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
Cursed to be a jinni for a thousand years, Leila nears the end of her servitude—only to be bound once again against her will. Will she risk all to be human?
Born in ancient Persia, Leila turned to her house Jinni, Kouros, for help escaping an arranged marriage. Kouros did make it impossible for her to marry—by cursing Leila to live a thousand years as a Jinni herself.
If she can remain unBound, Leila's curse will soon be over. But Ozan Sawyer, a Magi with the ability to See, Call, and Bind jinn has other plans.
Oz needs Leila to help him penetrate Pittsburgh's steel-soaked magic, a juice potent but poisonous to supernatural creatures, in order to find a missing girl with her own mysterious connection to Kouros. Unfortunately for Leila, becoming Bound to Oz may risk more than just her chance to be human once more—it could risk her very soul...
Jinn and Juice is the first in a new series by fantasy writer, Nicole Peeler, set in a world of immortal curses, powerful jinni and belly dancing.
Jinn and Juice boasts a unique urban fantasy world with an array of supernatural races I don’t frequently see. From shadow wraiths, to will-o-the-wisps urban fantasy readers are sure to be pleased.
Things kick off rather quickly introducing readers to Leila an unbound Jinn who works as a stripper at a supernatural nightclub. Unlike other jinn who are born jinn, she was once human and was cursed to serve a thousand years. But she must be in an unbound status on her thousand year anniversary in order for her curse to be lifted. Unfortunately for her a magi has just found and bound her.
My points of note
– There was a nice use of supernatural races that I don’t see in every other urban fantasy. There was an ageless prophet, a half troll, a will-o-the-wisp, shadow wraiths, some vampires, succubus and some other creatures I’m forgetting right now. While the characters were interesting I only found two of them to be memorable (as in I can even remember much about them right now while writing this) and that was Leila’s long time friend and the second was his drag queen girlfriend.
– I liked the world building. There was just the right amount of information given to make me interested instead of overwhelmed.
– Leila has sass and I like that. Her use of melons with a hole cut out in the past to fool previous masters sounded pretty funny and made for a hilarious mental picture. It’ll make sense if you read it!
– The magi character Oz that binds Leila is also the romantic interest and he was just a smidge too goody goody for my tastes. Which was out of sync with him still keeping her bound. He’s still a nice character but could have used more zest in his personality.
– The budding romance between Leila and Oz didn’t give me that spark that leaves me rooting for their possible relationship. You know what I mean? So I guess I didn’t feel enough chemistry between them.
– There was plenty of action that kept the pace of the read moving along nicely. But then I’m an action junkie.
Overall, I’d say Jinn and Juice was a good first installment for an urban fantasy series. It’s nut abnormal for me to rate a first book at 3 stars to have the next ones get better. It shows a lot of promise and has some really cool characters. I’m definitely thinking this series will get stronger and I’m looking forward to seeing that happen.