Published by Orbit on November 25, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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.
My Thoughts: 5 stars
I will never look at genie’s the same. And that’s a good thing. Jinn and Juice is a spectacular story filled with characters so engaging and fascinating that I couldn’t begin to choose only one as a favorite. Sure, Lyla is awesome (um, no way she wouldn’t be) and Ozan was likable despite how he and Lyla started out. Seriously, though, all the secondary characters need their own book. Those were some of the funniest moments in the novel, and I need to follow each in future books.
Author Nicole Peeler clearly has world building abilities like whoa. Who would have thought the steel and concrete backdrop of Pittsburgh could provide such a great undercurrent of cool. As a fan of hard-working cities like Detroit, I loved the setting and the glimpses of life there.
I’m trying not to give spoilers (don’t you hate that?) so I’m afraid to say more than “I could stay in this world forever.” The driving force behind the story is the relatability of the characters, the desire to see Lyla win no matter what, and the OMG twists that left my jaw hanging.
The romance had me worried a couple of times, partly because I wasn’t sure how I felt about Ozan for a while. What Peeler did with that relationship, however, fit very well.