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review 2017-06-19 19:46
Book 33/100: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
The Amulet of Samarkand - Jonathan Stroud

I just wasn't as enamored of this book as a lot of other people seem to be.

While I found Bartimaeus' narration more compelling than Nathan's chapters, I didn't really find myself "getting behind" either character. I don't really need characters to be "likeable" in the books I read, but I kept wondering exactly who or what I should be rooting for in this book, what should keep me reading. Was I supposed to want Nathan to succeed in his endeavors, even though he was kind of a jerk to Bartimaeus? I kept thinking the book was probably trying to be something of a "buddy comedy" where Bartimaeus and Nathan were supposed to start out loathing each other but would eventually come to be reluctant comrades, and that perhaps THAT was the outcome we were supposed to be pulling for. But that aspect of the story never really seemed to materialize, either.

So I'm sorry to say that my mind wandered a fair amount during this book. It took me a long time to figure out the era it was taking place in, and I eventually determined it's in a sort of alternate present-day since a laptop was mentioned at some point. And although the magic system and political set-up and hints of a coming revolution were all interesting, it also felt somewhat muddled to me. It did remind me of a children's version of "Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell," and it was well written, but I probably won't be reading further into the series.

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text 2015-09-28 16:03
All Bottled Up: Genies in Romance Novels
Oracle's Moon - Thea Harrison
Temptation in a Bottle - Shona Husk
Jinni's Wish (Kingdom Series) - Marie Hall
The Price of Freedom - Jenny Schwartz
Chosen (The Djinn Wars Book 1) - Christine Pope
Ghostland - Jory Strong
The Djinn's Dilemma - Mina Khan
Tales of the Djinn: The Guardian - Emma Holly
Jinn and Juice - Nicole Peeler
I Dream of Genies - Judi Fennell

Wishes, magic, immortality? Never wears a shirt? Sounds good to me!


These are wonderful  romances with Djinn heroes and heroines!


My lists are never in any particular order. 


1. Oracle's Moon by Thea Harrison


When Grace Andreas's sister, Petra, and her husband are both killed, Grace inherits the Power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister's two young children--neither of which she is prepared for. Then Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn Prince of House Marid, decides to make himself a part of the household both as guardian and counterpoint to Grace's impudence towards the Elder Races.


2.  Temptation in a Bottle by Shona Husk


His only wish is to be free…

For centuries Gage has existed only to fulfill the most intimate desires of the woman who holds his bottle. Now Gage has a wish of his own—to be a real man and a have a real life even though he knows it’s an impossible dream. This time he plans to take his bottle and break it just to see what will happen.


Paramedic Sasha Watts has seen the damage falling in love does to people and she has no intention of being another of Cupid’s victims. She accidentally frees Gage without knowing he is a genie. After one kiss he walks away and she never expects to see him again, but the goddess Inanna has other ideas.


As punishment for breaking his bottle she erases Gage’s memory of everything but Sasha. Only Sasha can give him the life he longs for and only Gage can be the man she’s always dreamed of, but first she’ll have to open her heart and he’ll have to finish the job Inanna gave him. If he fails, he’ll cease to exist as a man and a genie.



3. Jinni's Wish  by Marie Hall


A long, long time ago there lived a man. A Jinni, who had one wish. To know love. But the woman he thought he knew betrayed him and the love he thought they shared. Tortured for his crimes, he was cast out of Kingdom, stripped of all his powers, left to langour in pain and solitude, until eventually he becomes nothing but a ghost...


Paz Lopez is an artist with a dream. To buy a ridiculously large penthouse in the swankiest section of Chicago. But there's just one hitch, she has no man to share her dream with. A fateful visit to a carnival and Madam Pandora's tent sends Paz on a mission to find the love of her life before it's too late.


But the Madam forgot to tell Paz one very important detail... to meet him, Paz will have to die first.



4.  The Price of Freedom by Jenny Schwartz


As a guardian angel, Mischa must protect the one man who may be able to bring about lasting peace to the Middle East. As a djinni, Rafe must fulfill the wishes of a terrorist leader. Their duties colliding, Mischa and Rafe become foes, but the heat between them is undeniable.


When the terrorist learns that a guardian angel stands between him and his greatest wish, he orders his djinni to remove her. Taking creative license, Rafe spirits her away to his private oasis, where she will be unable to protect the peacemaker.


Beyond their mutual desire, they find common ground in honor and loneliness. Passion quickly grows into love. But it's soon clear to Rafe that love cannot be bound, and Mischa must be true to her life's purpose. Even if Rafe must sacrifice his own taste of freedom to grant hers...


5. I Dream of Genies by Judi Fennell 


He needs to change his luck, and fast!

Matt Ewing would gladly hunt down a fortune in lucky pennies if he thought it would help save his business. But for all his hoping, Matt's clueless when his long-awaited lucky charm falls in his lap in the form of a beguiling genie. He just can't believe that this beautiful woman could be the answer to his prayers...


She's been bottled up for far too long!

Spending 2,000 years in a bottle would make any woman a little stir-crazy. So when Matt releases Eden from her luxurious captivity, she's thrilled to repay him by giving him the magical boost he needs...


But for all her good intentions, Eden's magical prowess is a little rusty and her magical mistakes become more than embarrassing. And though Eden knows falling in love will end her magic and immortality, she can't help but be drawn to the one man who wants her just for herself...


6. Ghostland by Jory Strong


Welcome to a postapocalyptic world, where the afterlife holds beings that only the bravest can summon-or dare to desire.


Taken from her home and family, shamaness Aisling McConaughey must enter the "ghostlands" to save a wealthy man's mistress. But there's a price to pay for her power: She must summon the Djinn prince Zurael en Caym-and yield to his savage, sensual rage.


Zurael intends to kill Aisling after she's served as bait to find an enemy in possession of an ancient tablet. But the more he tastes her innocent spirit, the more he'll use his fiery touch to keep her hungry for his mercy-even as they weave an erotic spell that he cannot escape...


7. Chosen by Christine Pope


When a fatal fever nearly wipes out the entire world's population, the survivors of what became known as "the Dying" believe the worst is in the past. Little do they know…


In the aftermath of the Dying, survivor Jessica Monroe searches for sanctuary in a world unlike any she's ever known before. As fear and isolation envelop her, Jessica encounters the sensitive and helpful Jace, who she believes is another survivor.  But Jace has a past and secrets of his own that's he not ready to disclose. Soon Jessica realizes that the destruction of humanity might actually be the first step in a larger, more complicated plan -- a plan that may very well involve her. Struggling to discover her role in a terrifying new world where everything has changed, she must decide who she can trust. But is the price for that trust just too high?


8. The Djinn's Dilemma by Mina Khan



O'Shay, half-djinn and assassin, is used to taking out the bad guys.

But his latest assignment, Sarah White, is nothing like he expected. A

glimpse of her bright aura reveals her gentle spirit, while her luscious

beauty clouds his mind and makes him long for only one thing--to taste

her. Sarah shares the feeling of raw desire at Rukh's touch. He can turn

her on with a glance, and satisfies desires she didn't even know she

had. But Rukh had been hired to kill her--and the only way to save her

is to find out who wants her dead before someone else finishes the



9. Tales of the Djinn: The Guardian by Emma Holly


Elyse Solomon hasn’t had it easy. She lost her dad and her husband under suspicious circumstances, and her relatives know more than they’re admitting about both deaths. Then a mysterious stranger with a briefcase full of cash moves into the basement of her New York brownstone. Arcadius is gorgeous and sophisticated, but nothing about him adds up—that is, until Elyse discovers her sexy tenant is a genie desperate to save his people from a deadly curse. With so much heartache behind her, can Elyse find the courage to help the man who might be her true soul mate?


10. Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler


To escape an arranged marriage, a jinni granted Lyla her wish: to live a thousand years as a jinni herself.


Now, her servitude is ending, but there are a few obstacles in Lyla's path to freedom. A Magi intent on binding her again, a jinni bent on vengeance, and not to mention the nightmare from her past that threatens to make her curse permanent -- and claim 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, vengeful jinni and belly dancing.


Want more? Check out my Goodreads list: All Bottled Up: Genies in Romance Novels

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text 2014-11-19 16:04
Magical Cats in Romance Novels
Royally BeSwitched, Teen Paranormal Romance - Molly Snow
A Curious Affair - Melanie Jackson
Heart Fire (Celta) - Robin D. Owens
I Dream of Genies - Judi Fennell
The Cat's Meow - Emily Carmichael
The Magical Christmas Cat - Lora Leigh,Erin McCarthy,Nalini Singh,Linda Winstead Jones
Cupid Cats (Dark Ones #7.5 - Katie MacAlister,Vicki Lewis Thompson,Connie Brockway
Thoroughly Kissed - Kristine Grayson,Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Cat's Fancy - Julie Kenner
Girl with the Cat Tattoo - Theresa Weir

They talk, teleport, sparkle or what ever else cats claim when playing the "What Would be Your Superpower" Game.


Magic kitties. Yeah. I think every romance should have that. Not really but I love it when they do!


My lists are never in any particular order.


1.  The Celta Series (okay this is really #1) by Robing Owens

      Heart Mate

      Heart Thief

      Heart Duel

      Heart Choice

      Heart Dance

      Heart Quest

      Heart Change

      Heart Journey

      Heart Search

      Heart Secret

      Heart Fire  Ratkiller!


2. The Cat's Meow by Emily Carmichael

3. The Magical Christmas Cat by Lora Leigh

4. Cupid Cats by Katie MacAlister

5. Thoroughly Kissed by Kristine Grayson

6. The Cat's Fancy by Julie Kenner

7. The Girl with the Cat Tattoo by Theresa Weir

8. I Dream of Genies by Judi Fennell

9. A Curious Affair by Melanie Jackson

10.  Royally BeSwitched by Molly Snow


Do you have a favorite magic cat? Let me know!


To vote for the best of the best of Magical Cats in Romance, go to my Goodreads list: Magical Cats in Romance



If you need a kitty pick me up, go here! Kitten Therapy. 



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review 2013-10-16 00:00
I Dream of Genies - Judi Fennell Great premise, a fictional account suggested by the I Dream of Jeannie TV series. The backstory of genies dating back to Roman times is wonderful, the magical details are well worked out. The romance is a little over the top, a little too perfect.

Great fluffy romance.
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review 2012-12-05 00:00
Borrowed Ember by Samantha Young (Fire Spirits, #3)
Borrowed Ember - Samantha Young

*Read the full review at Witchmag's Boekenplank*


It took me a while before this book managed to put its claws in me. But once it did, it wouldn’t let go until the end. Together we went through a whirlwind of events, including some very unexpected ones… I liked that this book had more “story” and less Charlie doing stupid things and Ari saving his sorry ass. It’s centered more around Ari and the true meaning of the Seal. A huge improvement when compared to the previous book, where only the beginning and the end managed to grab my attention. Mainly because Charlie and his stupid antics were too annoyingly present during the middle part.


Charlie still hasn’t improved a bit. He seems to know exactly what’s wrong with him and he even knows that he’s addicted. But getting help? Yeah right. It seems that the only goal in his live is getting revenge. Does he really think that it’s what his little brother wanted? That he wanted Charlie to live a miserable live because of revenge for him? A life on the run? I’m sorry, but I don’t think so!


Enough about Charlie, let’s talk about why I really liked this story. First, there are the dreams. They are actually a bit more like hints for the reader. They give you some insight in the colorful history of the Jinn and let you speculate where the story is going. they show you how the war started and why it did. Who, surprisingly, the instigator was. It put the whole thing in an entirely different context, one that I didn’t see coming! And I love getting surprised like this ^^


Then we have romance time. A lot of romance time. Maybe a bit too much at times, so much I started wondering if it was used as filler. Anyway, the “love scenes” made the story feel lengthy at times. I know they are in love, but I don’t need to see this confirmed every other page. I also know Jai has issues when it comes to love and that Ari needs to show him love can also be a good thing, but still… At times it was just toooo corny.



4 HEARTS. Less annoyance about Charlie and more information about the Seal. A lot of important things happen, even with the sticky behavior of Jai and Ari. We’ve got abnormal dreams and hints, which lead to high expectations and funny, sometimes shocking events. This book isn’t one to stick with the familiar, it dives directly into the unknown!

Source: witchmagsboekenplank.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/review-borrowed-ember-by-samantha-young
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