Goldstein, Lori. Circle of Jinn. 390 pages. Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan Press), 2016. $18.99. Violence: PG; Language: PG (9 swears); Sexual Content: PG-13 (kissing with shirts off, but panties on).
A sequel to Becoming Jinn (2015), this story picks up a couple of weeks after the last book. Azra granted a hasty wish to her boyfriend’s little sister, Megan at her father’s funeral, to make their family whole again. Azra is temporarily living with her boyfriend Nate’s family as she tries to fulfill the wish. Meanwhile, friction between her human world and her jinn world continues when she meets a male jinn fresh from the underworld of Janna. He helps her grant the wish and she discovers his true identity and shocking truths about herself and her family. Yasmin, one of the six sister’s in her zar, is distraught when her mother is imprisoned by the Afrit, the evil group that controls Janna and the jinn. Her best friend and potential love-interest, Henry, helps her spread the word about a resistance effort to other female jinn. Azra learns that she is the key to the uprising and if she ever wants to reunite with all of her family she must fight.
Teens tired of vampire romances will eagerly delve into this circle of jinn with its love quadrangle. The jinn are all beautiful and talented, but also powerful at granting wishes. The plot has some exciting twists and surprises, but it ends as you’d expect. Azra grows from a character who pushes everyone away, to one who learns to trust and care for others. Because this is a sequel/companion book, purchase only if the first book is popular at your library.HS-OPTIONAL. Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.