I am so thrilled to be a part of the BECOMING JINN Blog Tour. I love, love, LOVED this amazing book and I can’t wait for its release next week so that everyone can read it, meet Azra and her Zar, and discover this world created by the very awesome Lori Goldstein.
Until then, there are some fantastic posts by the author on this tour to check out – just click the banner above, or scroll down to the schedule at the bottom of this post to visit all the stops. Of course, I’m partial to my post which is about the Afrit. If you’d like to know more about their role in Azra’s life and how restrictive they are, the post follows below the details about the book.
I also have a couple of giveaways to share – one specific to my stop for a Jinn Swag Pack and a tour-wide Grand Prize giveaway for finished copies of the book. Be sure to enter BOTH Rafflecopter forms for chances to win.
And if you want more chances to win some fab prizes, head over to Lori Goldstein’s blog to find out the details about her pre-order campaign giveaway – click the image just above the tour schedule to be taken to the blog.
And if you want to find out what I thought about BECOMING JINN, stop by
tomorrow on Sunday for my review.
Title & Series: BECOMING JINN (Becoming Jinn #1)
Author: Lori Goldstein
Release date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.
To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny.
Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.
Praise for BECOMING JINN
“Becoming Jinn offers everything I adore in a book: a rebellious, snarky heroine, a fresh plot that had me devouring pages, and flourishes of a dreamy romance.” – Anna Banks, New York Times– bestselling author of the Syrena Legacy series
“Becoming Jinn provides a rich metaphor for the potency and frustration of adolescence. Bonds between women and girls are celebrated, while such tired teen-lit tropes as romantic triangles and mean cheerleaders are subtly subverted.” – Kirkus Reviews
Whether it’s spelled jinn, djinn, ginn, jenn, or jann, the jinn are an indigenous spirit of the Middle East and North Africa—and as far from the Western world’s fantasy version of “genie” as can be. A widespread belief in the jinn in this culture dates far back before any hint of religion in the region, well before the seventh century.
These jinn, while hidden from human eye, are not ghosts: they are living, breathing entities. Intelligent with great magical powers, the mysterious jinn can be good or evil. Stories of evil jinn wreaking havoc include things like haunting homes, possessing humans, even killing animals or humans who would offend them or trespass on a territory declared as theirs.
Lore of the jinn spans centuries, and there’s great diversity in the beliefs about them. In fact, one of the books I used while researching Becoming Jinn is called Legends of the Fire Spirits: Jinn and Genies from Arabia to Zanzibar, and it is more than 250 pages recounting all the ways jinn are regarded across fifteen countries. While tales of the jinn vary, there’s universal agreement on many pieces of jinn history, including the idea that jinn were born of “smokeless fire” and that the jinn are divided into categories or tribes, one of which is the ifrit or afrit.
Powerful and most often evil, the ifrit, like all jinn, can shapeshift or shield themselves through the use of invisibility. Some stories have towering demon ifrits terrorizing humans, acting as “deputies” to archdemons, or zealously guarding ruins or treasures.
With this checkered history, the Afrit were the perfect choice for the council that rules over the world of the Jinn in Becoming Jinn. In the novel, the Afrit have placed more and more restrictions on the Jinn, from dictating who can be granted a wish, to regulating when a Jinn receives her powers and where she is allowed to live in the human world to breaking up families by mandating that all male and female Jinn must live apart.
The Afrit have strong powers and keep a watchful eye over the Jinn who live among the humans. They have harsh punishments, including a perverted jail for those who defy their rules or break their biggest one: revealing themselves or their magic to a human.
To Azra, the unseen Afrit are the source of all that is wrong with her Jinn world, and yet she, like the rest of the Jinn, are powerless to fight them. While Azra knows little about the Afrit, as the novel goes on she will discover more about them, their past, and what may lie ahead for all Jinn.
While the Afrit in Becoming Jinn come mostly from my own imagination, there are bits and pieces culled from the different sources I read about the jinn that flesh them out and make them a more robust force in the novel that comes alive for the reader.
Thanks so much for having me and letting me offer more insight into the history of the Afrit.
Lori Goldstein was born into an Italian-Irish family and raised in a small town on the New Jersey shore. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Lehigh University and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before becoming a full-time author. She currently lives and writes outside of Boston.
Lori is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, April 21, 2015, Spring 2016). You can visit her online at www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com.
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Lori Goldstein is hosting a pre-order campaign for BECOMING JINN. If you’d like to learn more, visit her blog by clicking on the image below.
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