CIRCLE OF JINN Blog Tour: ‘5 Jinn Stereotypes Azra Wishes Weren’t True’ Guest Post + Giveaway


I am super excited that CIRCLE OF JINN is releasing next week and that everyone will get to find out what Azra was trying not to spoil in her guest post below. (She was clearly having a hard time keeping secrets. I, on the other hand, have no problem keeping them. So you’ll have to find out on your own…unless Author Lori Goldstein plans on sharing a few secrets on other stops on the tour.)


If you want to know which five Jinn stereotypes Azra wishes weren’t true, be sure to check out her guest post below. (I definitely agree with her choices.) If you’d like to know more about each of the books in the series, information on all are also below. And if you’d like to know more about this series’ author, links to places you can find Lori Goldstein online are beneath her bio.

I also have a copy of CIRCLE OF JINN up for giveaway. So if you’d like the chance to win this awesome and delightful book, enter in the Rafflecopter. And if you plan on ordering (or already have ordered) CIRCLE OF JINN, details on a pre-order giveaway where you can get some super fun swag are at the bottom of this post.

And if you’d like to visit the other stops on tour, the schedule, which will be updated with direct links to each stop as they happen, is beneath the Rafflecopter.

The wait is almost over. So following this tour, with fun guest posts, interviews, and giveaways, is the perfect way to pass the time until CIRCLE OF JINN’s release.


Circle of Jinn Cover

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Title & Series: CIRCLE OF JINN (Becoming Jinn #2)
Author: Lori Goldstein
Release date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


Being Jinn is Azra’s new reality. As she grants wishes under the watchful eye of the Afrit council, she remains torn between her two worlds—human and Jinn. Soon, secrets spill. Zars are broken. Humans become pawns. And rumors of an uprising become real as the Afrit’s reach extends beyond the underground world of Janna.

Straddling the line becomes impossible. Aware of her unique abilities, Azra must not just face but embrace her destiny. But when the role she must play and those she must protect expand to include a circle of Jinn greater than her own, Azra will be forced to risk everything. A risk that means there’s everything to lose, and at the same time, everything to gain—for herself and her entire Jinn race.

In this dramatic sequel to Becoming Jinn, Azra’s story comes to a heartfelt and thrilling conclusion.


The Guest Post

5 Jinn Stereotypes Azra Wishes Weren’t True

First off, thanks for not using the “g” word (genie . . . and especially for not letting my Lalla Samara hear it . . . *shudders*). I, Azra Nadira, am a Jinn, descended from a long line of Jinn. So long in fact, my family cantamen (our genie . . . er . . . Jinn handbook) weighs almost as much as I do.

But, if I’m being completely honest (a trait not inherent to Jinn considering we live among humans, pretending to be one of them, our entire lives), the Jinn share a myth or two with your big blue “genies.” Some of which, I’d give up chocolate and caffeine to have not be true.

1. Bound to a ring or a lantern . . . or a bangle. We Jinn receive our magical powers from a shiny, intricately carved bangle that doesn’t go with anything I own and yet is my permanent accessory. I can’t get it off. I tried. It’s not only my fashion sense, or lack there of, that wants it gone. I also want it gone because . . .

2. Tied to a master. My bangle ties me to a “master.” Not in the traditional sense of your genies, but it shackles me to the Afrit, the Jinn “council” (uh, yeah, not so much a council as a . . . oops! spoiler alert). They can track not just my use of magic but me through it. Creepy. Wrong. Which is why they must be stopped. Which is why I’m going to . . . (crud, this spoiler stuff is hard!).

3. Able to grant a literal wish. You know, the one where the woman wishes to be thin and the tradeoff is losing last night’s dinner every morning? Where the dude wants to be invisible and everyone in his life ignores him? We can get away with granting a wish that way. It’s frowned upon. It risks punishment. But it can and does happen. It’s not right. I may not have wanted to become a Jinn, but even I know that.

4. Transformed into someone . . . well, kinda, sorta, hot. In your world, genies, at least genies of the female persuasion, look like they stepped out of a Victoria’s Secret catalog. I used to think the Afrit were mocking humans for making us more attractive when we become Jinn (heck, they probably are), but mostly, our transformation into someone taller with shinier hair is simply genetic. We are all descended from Lalla Mimouna and Sidi Mimoun, the first Jinn power couple. Legend has it that Jinn were once spirit creatures, made of smokeless fire. These spirits inhabited a plane between the air and the earth and embodied the purest elements of the natural world. In return for corporeal form, the spirits agreed to use the magical powers nature bestowed on them to serve humans for the “greater good.” Guess “pure” translated into “hot” when those spirits got legs. Then again, Jinn are particularly clever. It wouldn’t surprise me if the bargain with nature included an eye-candy clause and we Jinn actually are the most shallow of species.

5. Prevented from granting our own wish. That’s one of the few things we can’t do. We spend our lives granting wishes for humans, but are never able to make our own wishes come true. If we could, what would my wish be? I used to think it would be to not become a Jinn, to be . . . normal. Simply Azra. Now? After (redacted) and (redacted), if I could grant my own wish, would it be the same? In a way, maybe, but it would be more. My wish would be to (redacted).

I’m telling you, I’m so glad CIRCLE OF JINN is coming out on May 17, because these spoiler alerts are killing me.

About Lori Goldstein


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, sequel, Circle of Jinn, May 17, 2016). You can check out her editorial services here and visit her online at




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Title & Series: BECOMING JINN (Becoming Jinn #1)
Author: Lori Goldstein
Release date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, 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.



Genius of Jinn

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Title & Series: GENIUS OF JINN (Becoming Jinn Prequel)
Author: Lori Goldstein
Release date: March 15, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 51
Formats: eBook


In this prequel to BECOMING JINN and the upcoming sequel CIRCLE OF JINN, thirteen-year-old Azra and her nemesis Yasmin are whisked away to a mysterious land with a special language, awe-inspiring architecture, and quirky toilets: France. As the enchanting French Jinn Tayma guides them through the streets of Paris, they discover not only a book of spells, but a truth neither of them is prepared for: that in their inevitable transition to becoming Jinn, their shared genie ancestry may just make them stronger together than they are apart.


The Giveaway

Courtesy of the publisher, Feiwel & Friends…

I have a copy of CIRCLE OF JINN for giveaway to ONE (1) winner – US only.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

The Pre-order Giveaway

The sequel to BECOMING JINN, which VOYA Magazine named one of the Best Science, Fiction, Fantasy or Horror of 2015 in a starred review, releases on May 17, 2016.

Advance praise for CIRCLE OF JINN from Booklist says “book two takes a sharp turn into high fantasy . . . Romance and wish granting take a backseat to friendship, political intrigue, and Azra’s maturation and ongoing discovery of her heritage. Fans of the first book should be satisfied by this conclusion.”

Preorder or buy a new copy of CIRCLE OF JINN by May 27, 2016, and you’ll automatically become a genie* yourself!

Every preorder, including signed preorders from Lori’s local indie, Porter Square Books (both books available for signed orders), will be mailed a signed bookmark, signed bookplate, and metallic bracelet tattoos.

But wait, there’s more! You’ll also be entered into the grand giveaway to win one of the exact shiny silver bangles featured on the cover of both Becoming Jinn and Circle of Jinn. Details:

* Swag includes temporary bracelet tattoos; the power to become a Jinn must already be inside you.

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