*ARC Review* The Iron Will of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

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Title: The Iron Will of Genie Lo

Author: F.C. Yee

Publisher: Amulet Books

Release Date: January 14, 2020

Page Count: 304 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology

Summary:

The fate of the heavens is at stake in this hilarious and highly-anticipated sequel to the The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi

Genie Lo thought she was busy last year, juggling her academic career with protecting the Bay Area from demons. But now, as the Heaven-appointed Guardian of California, she’s responsible for the well-being of all yaoguai and spirits on Earth. Even the ones who interrupt her long-weekend visit to a prestigious college, bearing terrible news about a cosmos-threatening force of destruction in a nearby alternate dimension.

The goddess Guanyin and Genie’s boyfriend, Quentin Sun Wukong, do their best to help, but it’s really the Jade Emperor who’s supposed to handle crises of this magnitude. Unfortunately for Genie and the rest of existence, he’s gone AWOL. Fed up with the Jade Emperor’s negligence, Genie spots an opportunity to change the system for the better by undertaking a quest that spans multiple planes of reality along with an adventuring party of quarrelsome Chinese gods. But when faced with true danger, Genie and her friends realize that what will save the universe this time isn’t strength, but sacrifice.

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Purchase Links

AMAZON  |  BARNES & NOBLE

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My Review

Hold it! This is a review of the sequel to the very amazing and kick-butt book, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. This review may contain spoilers from the first book, so you have been warned if you choose to read on. You can check out my review of the first book here.

Thank you to Amulet Books and NetGalley for the e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In 2017, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo was one of my favorite reads. I remember being so excited when I found out there would be a sequel. And let me tell you, the sequel did not disappoint. It was honestly one of the best sequels I have read. There’s action, back-and-forth character banter, and so much character growth; the characters (and the story) stay true to what the first book brought to the table.

In the sequel, Genie is not just dealing with the demons – protecting them and finding them a home. She’s also struggling with the idea of her senior year and what comes after: college. Genie knows her parents can’t afford the college she wants to go to, and that insight causes another strain with her parents, especially after the health scare with her mom. And then there’s the part where Genie and Quentin are at a stale part of their relationship and neither really knows how to move forward. All in all, Genie doesn’t really have it easy this year.

One of the reasons I loved this book and its predecessor is the witty and sarcastic banter between the characters, especially Genie and Quentin. It makes the story humorous and makes the characters feel real. Genie and Quentin have such a genuine and loving relationship and, ultimately, have each other’s backs through everything. In this book, they’re now dating, which easily becomes another struggle for Genie. She’s figuring out how to navigate their relationship and how exactly it will fit in her life; she wants Quentin in her life, but with almost every conversation between them ending in an argument, she doesn’t know how to get through the rough patches.

So, needless to say, Genie has a lot on her plate. And her plate starts to overflow when she tries to change the system the gods and goddesses have been following for centuries. Which pegs the ultimate question: will Genie be able to handle everything she’s gotten herself into? What I loved about this is that it really did make Genie feel like a real character. This book showcases her strengths and weaknesses and doesn’t hesitate to illustrate when Genie reaches her breaking point. She dealt with stress and defeat and her anxiety of the future, and I could relate to that on a high level because that’s exactly what it felt like for me when I was finishing high school. It was great to see that portrayal and it was executed in such a phenomenal way.

The writing and flow of this story is wonderful and just as captivating as the first book. There was never too much action, nor was there information overload, which I really appreciated. F.C. Yee has a way of bringing a story together with characters that fit so well and feel so real. He will continue to be an instant-buy author for me, and I cannot wait to see what his next work brings.

Overall, The Iron Will of Genie Lo is a wonderful sequel to the first book, one that is equally as good as its predecessor. Those who loved the first book will not be disappointed, and may, like me, end up liking the sequel more.

My rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars

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My Most Anticipated August Releases

My Most Anticipated August Releases

Hi, everyone!

August is right around the corner, which means more wonderful Young Adult books are coming out! Check out my most anticipated Young Adult releases for August!


Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

Release Date: August 8, 2017

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A magical new world with adventure, romance, and an intriguing plot? Count me in! Faris will do whatever she can to protect her younger sister, especially when her sister is sold into slavery. When Faris agrees to a scheme to buy her sister, she inadvertently binds herself to Princess Bryn, a power-hungry royal looking to sit on the throne. Faris must now smuggle magic into Avinea with the help of North, a traveling magician, and Faris can’t help but start to fall for North. The fate of the kingdom is at stake and Faris needs to figure out how to work through this dangerous game of magic and intrigue, if she hopes to save her sister and many others.

Preorder Shimmer & Burn

*Mary Taranta has an awesome preorder giveaway for those who preorder her debut! Fill out the form here.


The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

Release Date: August 8, 2017

IMG_1461High school girl? Check. Good grades? Check. Have to save the world from demons? Whaaaat? Genie Lo thought she was just an average high school student with her only worries being about volleyball, family, and grades. That all changes when she finds out she is meant to save the world from demons with the help from no one other than the Monkey King! I luckily received an advanced copy of this fantastic Chinese folklore tale and my review can be viewed here. This is such a wonderful read, I highly recommend picking this up. And even though I have already read it, it is still one of my most anticipated releases for August. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is everything I hoped it would be and more!

Preorder The Epic Crush of Genie Lo


The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Release Date: August 8, 2017

Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon: her heart in exchange for an escape from her current life. She becomes “heartless,” and starts to realize that the trade may be a nightmare she did not sign up for. In this new world, Dee teams up with other deal-making teens and soon finds herself growing closer to one charming and secretive boy. The Hearts We Sold sounds like such a lush, yet atmospheric read; I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

Preorder The Hearts We Sold


Crystal Blade by Kathryn Purdie

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Release Date: August 15, 2017

This is the second installment in the Burning Glass series. I highly enjoyed Burning Glass and I am looking forward to the continuation of Sonya’s story! Kathryn Purdie is a great storyteller and she weaves such beautiful writing into her stories, so if you have not already read Burning Glass, you need to now!

Purchase Burning Glass

Preorder Crystal Blade

*Kathryn Purdie also has a special preorder giveaway for those who fill out the required fields here!


Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

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Release Date: August 15, 2017

I am super excited for this book, and you should be, too! Iris and Malina are twins who are born with a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. They live in Old Town Cattaro, where their mother runs a bakery. When their mother is attacked and left hovering between life and death, the sisters must look into their history and the ancient curse that is part of their family. Lies and secrets will come to the surface, but will the sisters be strong enough to overcome these secrets and save their mother?

Preorder Wicked Like a Wildfire


Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: August 29, 2017

IMG_1459Who doesn’t love Wonder Woman? This book is going to be amazing, and I know my fellow co-blogger, Stacy, has read this beauty and has posted a review about it here. Plus, the amazingness that is Leigh Bardugo wrote this wonderful piece of work, so it is no question that I’ll be at the bookstore on release day. If you love superheroes and girl power, Wonder Woman: Warbringer is a book you do not want to miss!

Preorder Wonder Woman: Warbringer

*Leigh Bardugo has a great preorder giveaway! Check out the details here.


Here is a list of other books coming out in August:

August 1

  • Blight by Alexandra Duncan
  • Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor
  • These Things I’ve Done by Rebecca Phillips
  • Venturess by Betsy Cornwell

August 8

  • In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody
  • Reunited by Colleen Houck

August 15

  • A Map for Wrecked Girls by  Jessica Taylor
  • Ferocious by Paula Stokes
  • The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims

August 22

  • Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens
  • The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes
  • The Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker
  • The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

August 29

  • All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
  • The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee
  • The Keep of Ages by Caragh M. O’Brien
  • Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell

These are not all the wonderful books coming out in August, so make sure to check out Goodreads and your local bookstore for other upcoming August releases.

What books are you looking forward to coming out in August? 

♥ Nikole