Bottled by Carol Riggs

What happens when the guy you fall for has a wicked, jealous father and curses you to be a genie for centuries? Find out in this Ya-Fantasy I gave 3 stars.

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy,

Pages: 227

Published July 7th 2016 by Clean Reads

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At seventeen, Adeelah Naji is transformed into a genie and imprisoned in a bottle. For a thousand years, she fulfills the wishes of greedy masters—building their palaces, lining their pockets with gold, and granting them every earthly pleasure. All that sustains her is the hope of finding Karim, the boy she fell in love with as a human. When at last she finds a note from her beloved, she confirms he has access to the elixir of life and that he still searches for her.

But someone else also hunts her. Faruq—the man who plots to use her powers to murder and seize the life forces of others—is just one step behind her. With the help of a kind master named Nathan, Adeelah continues to search for Karim while trying to evade Faruq. To complicate matters, she begins to experience growing fatigue and pain after conjuring, and finds herself struggling against an undeniable attraction to Nathan.

As Faruq closes in, Adeelah must decide just how much she’ll risk to protect Nathan and be with Karim forever. How much power does she really have to change her future, and what is she willing to sacrifice for an eternity of love? If she makes the wrong choice, the deaths of many will be on her hands.


My Thoughts

Adeelah was once a human girl who had fallen in love with a boy name Karim, but his father Faruq was not keen on the idea of his son having anything to do with a peasant and he was also a jealous man who wanted his son’s affections all too himself. So, Faruq found a Djinn to curse the girl into being a genie, where she would have no choice but to serve Faruq and be apart from Karim.

Except he wasn’t expecting to ever lose the bottle that housed his genie girl, and he did, over the course of a thousand years he would and he’d always find Adeelah.

Amidst one of those times a boy named Nathan comes into contact with the bottle and he is unlike any of the cruel and selfish masters Adheelah has had and she cannot help but start to develop feelings for him which serves to confuse her feelings for Karim.

The story is interesting, but it wasn’t what drew me into the book, I found Nathan to be an interesting character – a selfless individual who was always looking out for others. I can’t say I was interested in any of the others, they just felt flat for me. The ending of the book, too, felt rushed, however I did enjoy the character growth and some of their developments as the book went on.

If you’re looking to absorb as many genie/djinn books as you can then this is one to grab.

Do you have a favorite genie story? Share below. I’m ready to binge read some genie stories!


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