The Fire Wish and The Blind Wish (The Jinni Wars #1 and #2)
Author: Amber Lough
Publication: July 22nd, 2014 and July 28th, 2015
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Format: Kindle Edition 320 pages and Kindle Edition 352 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Mythology, High Fantasy
Read: May 2015 and June 2016
The Fire Wish
A jinni. A princess. And the wish that changes everything. . . .
Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad—which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form—as each other. A jinni and a human, trading lives. Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered—enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love.
Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
The plot of this book hooked me right in the beginning. It’s so interesting because it’s about a subject and a premise that I’ve never read before. It’s mysterious and suspenseful and full of adventure. The mythology aspect is really interesting and the plot full of twists and turns. It kept me hooked the entire time.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
In general, it’s very simple but very descriptive which I appreciated because it makes it so much easier to picture such a vast and extraordinary world. The sentences are short and tight which made the story move very fast. My favorite part was definitely the world building which is just amazing.
Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
This is the part where it got a little iffy for me. I was so enchanted by the world and the mythology that I honestly couldn’t care less about the characters, specially considering they were plainly stereo typical and totally opposites of each other. First there’s Najwa, the jinni and she’s the good one. She’s very brave and protective of her people and smart. She’s headstrong but also has a tendency to take a backseat when someone older doesn’t agree with her ideas. The only bad thing is that she’s very anxious and insecure. I understood it because of the situations she was placed in, but it got really annoying, really fast. Then there’s Zayele, who is the human and the bad one. She got on my every last nerve and I pretty much tried to ignore her when it came to her perspective and just focused on the plot instead. She’s selfish and mean and kind of a bully at some parts. She’s desperate to get out of her situation but resorts to something completely horrendous and ends up screwing things up even more for everybody. She has a tendency to act before she thinks and it gets her and everyone around her into hot water. She’s outspoken which I guess is the only good thing I can say about her character but it also backfired on her at times so I guess it can’t be that good. The side characters were so unmemorable that I didn’t write a note about them on my notebook and the romance was basically insta love times two.
The Blind Wish
Two sisters. A war. And the wish to end regret. . . . The magical, evocative follow-up to The Fire Wish.
The war: The lies that started the conflict are in the open now, but the war between the humans and the jinn is as bitter as ever—and becoming far more treacherous.
The sisters: Najwa and Zayele have just learned they’re half-jinni, half-human twins. Najwa is now the jinni representative at the human palace, working to bring peace. But her new role comes at a price—she’s no longer allowed alone with her cherished Prince Kamal. And as Zayele adjusts to life among the jinn, she discovers that she’s a magus, one of the most powerful jinn in the Cavern. Suddenly, she’s thrown into special training, and the strongest young men in the army are competing to be paired up with her.
The wish: Once again, Zayele makes a wish. A wish that she doesn’t think can possibly go wrong. A wish that neither sister could imagine would change the outcome of the war.
Plot – 3 out of 5 stars
Gosh, I’m so disappointed in this sequel. The plot in this book was not as exciting as I expected it to be. It was slow and some parts of it were really boring. It felt like there were two separate plot lines, again both driven by the two different main characters but even that didn’t make it entertaining. I did like that it delved deeper into jinni life, death, grief and the different wishes. My favorite part of this series has always been the world building and it’s still top notch. But the end was really convenient and I didn’t get lost in this book like I did the first.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
Pretty simple but incredibly descriptive, It’s very short and the sentences are tight so it makes it easy to read quickly. However, it became really redundant after awhile. The reader knows things before the character and things are constantly being explained again and again. There’s a lot of telling and not showing which didn’t bother me in the first book but did in this one because the plot isn’t as exciting. The great thing though is that the world is really creative and imaginative and I loved it.
Characters – 3 out of 5 stars
This is the worst part and the source of my biggest disappointment in this book. I hope that the main characters would improve and develop in this second book but that didn’t happen, at all. Najwa is still just as anxious and just as insecure in the beginning of this book. She feels very vulnerable after the events of the first book and is very withdrawn. She’s still obedient and loyal and brave and smart but it just doesn’t really matter to me. It was like meh. I didn’t care for her point of view but it was not as bad as Zayele. You’d think this girl would’ve learned something after the catastrophe she created in the first book but nope. She’s still stubborn and reckless and again she makes a wish without thinking the consequences through and causes so much mayhem and pain to other people. She means well but she’s too impulsive and ends up screwing things up instead of fixing them like she wants. By the halfway point I had no more patience for her and her tantrums so the bit of growth she did have went practically unnoticed. The biggest problem for me is that they remain two seperate entities. The relationship between the two main characters is practically nonexistent and that feels like such a wasted opportunity. Also, the romances are super weak and the insta love continues. And the ending definitely did not do justice to the amazing world and it’s history.
These are definitely the greatest books literature has ever seen but I really loved the first one and it was very disappointing that the second one didn’t live up to par with it.
The first book was definitely the best thing since sliced bread but I definitely enjoyed myself a lot while reading it. The plot was predictable but addicting. It’s about girls from two different worlds, one is a jinni, the other is about to become a princess. One is straight laced and obedient, the other upset and a little selfish and everything comes to a head when one captures the other and they switch places. This story was incredibly predictable but at the same time, completely entertaining. Usually I have a really hard time ignoring faults within books when I know there’s something off about it but honestly, I was so addicted to the story and how fast paced the book was that I ignored everything else. I could not stop reading. There was mystery and suspense. The mythology was super interesting to me, I’d never read a book about jinnis before this one and I really liked the way the author created her version. The setting was just absolutely beautiful and the writing and it’s descriptions helped paint a magnificent picture of it. Honestly, I was just blown away by all the imagination and craft that went into the world that the faults within the plot and characters didn’t bother me as much as they usually would have. As I said before, the plot is really predictable, I saw a lot of the twists or even simple plot points coming from a mile away and nothing was really shocking or surprising. Najwa and Zayele were completely different characters and I feel like it was a purposeful decision but an over exaggerated one. There was a lot of use of stereotypes to drive their two personalities away from each other and it was just too much at times. They are polar opposites to the best of their abilities and yet they both annoyed me. Sometimes they got along and annoyed me for the same things: they both instaloved the shit out of two of the male characters, who were underdeveloped and basically just used to have a romance and to lengthen the plot onto a second book. And other times they were themselves and they annoyed me because of separate things: one was over the charts selfish, and the other was so passive she should’ve just laid down the entire time. It was incredibly frustrating and if it would’ve been any other type of setting, I wouldn’t have looked beyond it but I swear I devoured this book.
The second book was incredibly disappointing specially after how much I loved the first book but this one offered nothing new to the world that I love. The plot is slow. We follow half-jinni sisters (twins) Najwa and Zayele as they try to end the war between the jinnis and humans. I thought this was going to be full of excitement and action but it really disappointed me. I loved the first book because the world was so vivid and it was exciting to read and this book just brought the entire series down. It was really long and drawn out, some parts were really really boring and felt completely pointless. Since these books are dual point of view, I understand getting to see different parts of the plot from each character but this book just felt like two separate plots that tried to connect but don’t manage to do it well at all. The lack of excitement and energy only managed to make the problems, that I could ignore in the first book, stand out times a million in this book. The writing style was really repetitive and juvenile in a way. Besides the descriptions and imaginative world, it doesn’t give anything new and didn’t help drive the book at all. There is practically no character development from the first to the second book and the ending was really rushed and way too convenient after what’s supposed to be years of struggle and the history within this world. Nawja spends the entire book grieving because of the loss she faces in the first book and while I understood her, there was a point when I just wanted to shake her because there were more important things going on! She follows orders to the letter even the ones she doesn’t agree with and I just got tired of her playing the good, obedient one all the time. Zayele on the other hand keeps screwing shit up but worst of all, now she gets a reward for it! That’s right, she gets a really really awesome thing after you know doing a bunch of petulant, selfish and self-centered things. One thing I was hoping would happen in this book is that the sisters would spend time together and create a connection but nope, that didn’t happen either. They’re still the same strangers they were in the first book and they live together! It was such a wasted opportunity to show some great development and ugh. What did get attention were the romances which were feeble at best. The insta love is still strong in this one and it just got tiring. These kids don’t spend enough time together to care about each other let alone love and now they’re stopping wars and bonding magically together, puh-lease. I was just completely and totally disappointed and I wish I hadn’t read this sequel.
Overall, I wish this series could’ve turned into favorites for me but the second book ruined it all. While the first had it’s problem, the world building and mythology were spectacular and I hoped the technical things would improve and develop in the second book. Unfortunately that didn’t happen and I finished this duology with a bad taste in my mouth because the sequel lacked all the charm the first one had and it just made all the problems stand out even more. I’m not sure if I’ll be trying out more books by this author or not.
So that’s it for this review! Let me know if you’ve read this series or if you’ve thought of checking it out. Let me know what you think of my review and my thoughts on it. Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you on my next post!