She Holds The Key To His Heart, And He Wants It Back Rena Is The Youngest Daughter Of The Sea King, And She S Dreamed Of The Surface For Years But Her First Visit On Her Th Birthday Isn T What She Expects She Watches A Jinni Fall From The Sky And Chooses To Save Him, Despite Her Mother S Warnings That All Jinn Are Evil Once She Meets Gideon, She Can T Get Him Out Of Her Mind And Maybe, With A Little Help From The Queen Of Hodafez And Some Magic Of Her Own, She Doesn T Have To Bethany knocked this one out of the park After reading The Stolen Kingdom, I was excited to read the second installment in the series and it was fantastic This was not what I expected I was frustrated and agitated by the characters especially Rena and there were times I had to put the book down and walk away but I couldn t stay away I was totally invested in the characters and wanted to see what would happen nextand now I m waiting anxiously for book 3 The Jinni Key is a loose retelling of The Little Mermaid that follows Arie s story in a surprising direction It s the second book in a four book series of fantasy retellings, all based in the same world Title The Jinni Key Genre YA Fantasy Retelling Series Book 2 of 4ABOUT THE BOOK She holds the key to his heart, and he wants it back When Arie reveals her Gift, she thinks the worst is over But she couldn t be wrong The only one who can save her now is a mermaid named Rena.Rena is the youngest daughter of the Sea King, and she s dreamed of the surface for years But her first visit on her 16th birthday isn t what she expects She watches a Jinni fall from the sky and chooses to save him, despite her mother s warnings that all Jinn are evil Once she meets Gideon, she can t get him out of her mind And maybe, with a little help from Arie and some magic of her own, she doesn t have to The Jinni Key is a loose Little Mermaid retelling Set in a world that humans share with mermaids, dragons, and the elusive Jinn, this is not the fairytale you remember BUY THE JINNI KEY ebook BUY THE JINNI KEY paperback Barnes Noble JINNI KEY GOODREADS PAGE THE STOLEN KINGDOM WEBSITE This is book two of four The last two books in the series are set to release in spring and fall of 2020. Bethany Atazadeh s writing talent grew with book 2 in The Stolen Kingdom series, THE JINNI KEY There was very little that I predicted, when there was a moment of loss I truly felt it, and I loved the unique spins she placed on the well known THE LITTLE MERMAID tale THE JINNI KEY is a very loosely based retelling of THE LITTLE MERMAID, with the only similarity being that there s a mermaid who longs to be on land with the man she loves I found a lot of the choices that Bethany made to be very clever, which allowed THE JINNI KEY to mesh really well with book 1 THE STOLEN KINGDOM, an ALADDIN retelling The stories following the same characters flowed seamlessly together while maintaining their own plots and their individual character focus I feel as though Bethany truly knows her characters and never strays from how they would act or what they would say, while still keeping me on my toes. I was excited to read this Little Mermaid retelling I ve always enjoyed the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, but Bethany s loose retelling is roughly akin to the original fairy tale which is a little darker and the end isn t as happy Bethany s version is a HEA for the most part While Rena probably looks like Ariel with the red hair, her personality is developed than Ariel s.Rena can be tough to love at first but I didn t have a problem with her because I understood why she said and did the things she did Although, it s funny because I thought she d be empathetic as The Jinni Key holder and the youngest sister of that royal family Let s just say they aren t the kindest people lolI enjoyed the way Bethany gave us a flashback to give us a little backstory about Rena and her family From there, it launches to how Rena came to land and then we start where the first book left off The author seamlessly wove the beginning chapters and executed it flawlessly I had wondered how and where we d start off after reading the first chapter from the first book We don t get as much extended world building as I thought we would get after the first book Other than the underwater kingdom, which I wish we got to see of or at least again after the first time I enjoyed seeing how the sea magic worked although very little is explained which is fine I don t feel like we traveled around as much in this book as the first book which is fine but I wished we did because I enjoy Bethany s world development.We don t get to see as much romance in this book, I feel like it s like pining than romantic interaction which was well written so you won t get any mutual instant love here I had hoped to see character development in all the characters but I think Rena is the one who develops the most even though we get POV from Kadin and Arie I liked Kadin and Arie s POV but struggled through them a bit I do see them as necessary for the development of the book but weren t always gratifying to read, probably because of their stuck situations FYI, we don t get to see Kadin s full motley crew in the book so don t expect to see them I did miss Naveed but glad Bosh was still around Gideon was around but I didn t enjoy him as much because he seemed so surly in this book.The pacing of the book read quickly but I did feel like it was rushed towards the end, the climax wasn t as climatic as the first book in my opinion While it wasn t quite what I wanted or expected, I appreciated that the author tied up the important loose ends.Overall, I enjoyed reading this loose fairy tale retelling but the similarities between this book will be vastly different from the versions you know It had less recognizable similarities than the previous book, which is fine but wanted to share that I loved Rena s overall character development arc and Bethany s underwater world building If you enjoyed The Stolen Kingdom, I think you ll like this book too and you ll get to learn what happened to the previous main characters 3.5 out of 5 rating for me An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review I was not compensated in any other way.
Bethany Atazadeh is a Minnesota based author of YA novels and non fiction She graduated from Northwestern College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a writing emphasis After graduation, she pursued songwriting, recording, and performing with her band, and writing was no longer a priority But in 2016, she was inspired by the NaNoWriMo challenge to write a novel in 30 days,
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