Monday, December 8, 2014

The Fire Wish

The Fire Wish is a YA fantasy novel – the first of the Jinni Wars – by Amber Lough.

Princess Zayele of Zab does not wish to leave her little brother or her home but has been selected to be the bride of the prince of Baghdad. As she travels to the palace in a locked caravan, she longs for nothing more than to return home.

And she won’t pass up an opportunity.

Jinni Najwa has just been admitted to a band of spies as her unusual ability to access an area of the human word no other Jinni can is revealed.

When Najwa uses her magic to glimpse the human world for a mere moment, Zayele sees her, captures her and makes a wish.

The wish does not go according to plan.

Zayele and Najwa – already remarkably similar in looks – have traded places. Najwa is now the princess on her way to marry and Zayele is suddenly expected to help with the war against humans by using a talent she does not have.

Now they are both in terrible danger amongst their enemies…

The Fire Wish is covered in flattering quotes from authors I admire and the cover caught my eye.

Well, you can’t judge a book by its cover – or by its fans.

Sadly, The Fire Wish didn’t work for me.

It was kind of Freaky Friday meets Aladdin – but without the fun of either movie, for me.

It was confusing and hard to get a grasp on because – in my opinion – the author failed to develop the narrative world well. I never felt there was a strong sense of environment, time or plot that really centered the novel.

For quite a while it was tough keeping everyone straight, also, as there are so many out-of-the-ordinary names and the characters personalities alone weren’t unique enough to differentiate them.

Lacking any connection to the characters – whom to me felt weak, cliché and one-dimensional – I also struggled to become interested in the plot. Though later on in the book there is an attempt to explain more how the war between humans and Jinni began, it was still very jumbled in my opinion.

Many people seem to love this book – its exotic tone, romance and intrigue. I am happy for them!

On my side of the fence, The Fire Wish did not have any pull, sparkle or impact on me. All the words simply lay flat on the page and never became alive for me – didn’t sweep me away anywhere.

I eventually had to start skimming The Fire Wish.

You know that everyone is different and this could be your favorite book – so don’t take my word for it!

Read The Fire Wish for yourself!!!

No comments: