Thursday, May 19, 2016

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway - Circle of Jinn (Becoming Jinn #2) by Lori Goldstein

Circle of Jinn (Becoming Jinn #2)
by Lori Goldstein
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: May 17th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
Rate: 3 stars


Being Jinn is Azra’s new reality. As she grants wishes under the watchful eye of the Afrit council, she remains torn between her two worlds—human and Jinn. Soon, secrets spill. Zars are broken. Humans become pawns. And rumors of an uprising become real as the Afrit’s reach extends beyond the underground world of Janna.

Straddling the line becomes impossible. Aware of her unique abilities, Azra must not just face but embrace her destiny. But when the role she must play and those she must protect expand to include a circle of Jinn greater than her own, Azra will be forced to risk everything. A risk that means there’s everything to lose, and at the same time, everything to gain—for herself and her entire Jinn race.

In this dramatic sequel to Becoming Jinn, Azra’s story comes to a heartfelt and thrilling conclusion.

--> I am lucky enough to get to be on the tour for Circle of Jinn.  I got a copy of the book from the author as part of the tour.  I was excited to read this book since I had been a part of the tour for the first book, Becoming Jinn, and was interested to see where the story would go next.  Now, of course I can't promise no spoilers if you haven't read the first book.  So, in that case, you should just click the link for the first book, and go read that.  I will just say that this second book definitely answered a lot of questions about the Jinn world, as well as wrapping up the story quite nicely!

Where we had left off in the first one, Azra had been trying to complete her first few wishes.  For now she is living with her boyfriend Nate and his younger sister and grandparents, while his mom is in the hospital, and they lost their father in the car accident.  The wishes they want are something that Azra doesn't know how to do. Basically they don't want to feel the pain anymore. Each of them, Nate and his sister, want the other to not feel so much pain over the accident.  But Azra doesn't know how to do this. While the Jinn are able to kind of change memories and keep humans from knowing about things they may see accidentally, mind control isn't something that can be done without consequences, as we saw with Azra's neighbor before.  Azra is also worried about her friend Henry, because he knows about all of the Jinn stuff.  And as a human, that is horribly dangerous, he could be killed if the Afrit, the Jinn in power, find out.

So Azra is trying to figure out how to grant the wish, and one day, a surprise visitor shows up from Janna, her brother.  Soon he is helping her out, but along with his help, she learns more and more about the world he came from, the world he really should not be away from.  She learns that she has a connection to the Afrit that may help her.  She has been somewhat estranged from her Zar sisters, but soon they will connect again when things start to get intense with her brother.  And soon it is not only her brother, but maybe others from Janna that will show up.  Some are there to help, others are not.  And Azra will have to hope that whoever the traitor is, they will not give away the plan her father has put in place to try to get things to be more fair back in Janna.

I can't go into much more detail without giving some major plot points away, so I will try to leave it at that.  Just know that there will be definite dangerous parts, as well as emotional parts, and we will get to see Azra learn her powers as a Jinn with all her triumphs and failures along the way.  As I mentioned, I loved the way it was wrapped up.  I like when an author gives us a look at how things go after the main conclusion of the story.

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My debut novel, the Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy Becoming Jinn, is a modern spin on the traditional tale of wish-granting genies. The sequel, Circle of Jinn, releases May 17, 2016 (Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan).

Too much of my day involves chatting books, obsessing over The Vampire Diaries, and perfecting the art of efficient writing through Twitter. Find me at @loriagoldstein and follow my blog at, my Tumblr at, or my Instagram at

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I am represented by Lucy Carson of The Friedrich Agency.

Prize: Win an infinity necklace and some Circle of Jinn swag (US Only)