I can’t tell you all how excited I am to be on the blog tour for GENIE LO. This is easily one of my favorite books of this year and of all time. Frankly, I haven’t felt so happy that this book is in the world than I did when SHATTER ME was released, so you know, this is a pretty amazing book. Here’s a bit about GENIE LO. (Pretty dope cover, right?!)
Series: Untitled #1
The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.
Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.
Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…
THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO was fun, action-packed, and something not to miss. I’m going to be honest here, I have never read a book that I related to as much as this one. I’m Chinese-American, and seeing the stories of Sun Wukong that I heard as a child come to life in this book was surreal and just absolutely amazing. I felt so light and unbelievably happy, and I can’t express how much I loved this book.
Genie was a fantastic main character—she was spunky, sarcastic, overachieving; she felt real and it was so much fun to see aspects of myself in her characterization. To be honest, I felt so connected to Genie. She’s Chinese, super tall, overachieving – just like me. I’ve never felt so close to a main character (not even Juliette even though I love her with all my heart), and I find that this book needs to go into the hands of Chinese teenagers just like myself!
Quentin was also so much fun to read about. He was infuriating in the best way, and I loved the tension that he and Genie had. She and Quentin made a fantastic team (what did I expect?), and I loved the romance that bloomed. It was a bit weird at first, but I did end up jumping on board. These two characters made this book fly by so quickly and made all the action scenes feel so exciting.
Overall, this fantastic book is not to miss. This #ownvoices book was so powerful and made me so, so, so, so happy. I’m going to be shoving this book to my little sister and all the Chinese-American teens I know. I’m definitely looking forward to whatever Yee puts out next.
Thank you to Amulet Books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
F. C. Yee grew up in New Jersey and went to school in New England, but has called the San Francisco Bay Area home ever since he beat a friend at a board game and shouted “That’s how we do it in NorCal, baby!” Outside of writing, he practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts, and has a day job mostly involving spreadsheets.
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Check out the rest of the tour!
7/31/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Guest Post
8/1/2017- Dani Reviews Things– Review
8/2/2017- Bookwyrming Thoughts– Interview
8/3/2017- NovelKnight– Review
8/4/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Interview
8/7/2017- Arctic Books– Review
8/8/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt
8/9/2017- Book-Keeping– Review
8/10/2017- LILbooKlovers– Interview
8/11/2017- Nerdophiles – Review
Alice is an 18 year old college student who loves the oxford comma, television shows, and the company of dogs. She finds writing in the third person odd yet enjoyable. You can find her scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and forever organizing her shelves on Goodreads.