Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler


NPeeler-JinnandJuiceWhen I got the chance to get a review copy (via Netgalley) for Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler, I was beyond thrilled. I loved Peeler’s Jane True series. Peeler’s writing is awesome because of the way she makes you connect with her characters (snark, wit and a loveable charm).  However, it is with great sadness that I had to DNF Jinn and Juice.

Meet Lyla: Jinn, belly dancer, and the hottest new urban fantasy heroine in town.

To escape an arranged marriage, a jinni granted Lyla her wish: to live a thousand years as a jinni herself.

Now, her servitude is ending, but there are a few obstacles in Lyla’s path to freedom. A Magi intent on binding her again, a jinni bent on vengeance, and not to mention the nightmare from her past that threatens to make her curse permanent — and claim her very soul.

Jinn and Juice is the first in a new series by fantasy writer, Nicole Peeler set in a world of immortal curses, vengeful jinni and belly dancing.

First, what I liked–Peeler’s writing. She still has that same ease that is easy to follow and weaves a good tale into her world building.  I really wanted to like Jinn and Juice because I adore Peeler and her writing.

But like I said, I had to DNF it.  My time is extremely limited these days and I just could not connect with any of the characters, let alone with the story. My attempt at reading Jinn and Juice came back in February 2015–when admittedly I was in a slump.  I had every intention of making an effort to go back and re-try Jinn and JuiceHowever, I kind of realized, as I got OUT of my slump, I didn’t *want* to go back and try to read Jinn and Juice again.  I’d been devouring books left and right, and I didn’t want to spend what minimal free time I had trying to read a book I couldn’t connect with.  So I officially DNF’d Jinn and Juice.  This decision made me incredibly sad.

Why couldn’t I connect? I like Peeler’s writing. I think the problem lies within Lyla herself.  Maybe I had expectations, similar to Sarah (another LE reviewer who’s reviewed Jinn and Juice)–namely some sort of expectation that Lyla would be as loveable as Jane True. Jane had a self-assuredness about her…along with spunk, grit and snark, that endeared me to her.  Lyla, not so much. I spent most of the time wondering WTH the point of all this was. I felt like Lyla kind of rambled on and wandered aimlessly.  I’m sure as the story continued, some of this disappeared; but, I couldn’t devote more time with a character I didn’t connect with and just didn’t care enough about to find out the rest of the story.

So, with a heavy heart–but an ever expanding Mt. “TBR” pile–, I DNF’d Jinn and Juice, to try and make headway for stories I could connect with–and devour–on the ever shrinking amount of free time.  I do hope your experience differs from mine, because I adore Nicole Peeler and want her new series to do well.

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Attorney by day, Publicist for Barclay Publicity and reviewer/LE (assistant) editor by night. I'm a huge book nerd and love to read. I have 2 dogs, both Labrador retriever mixed breeds, who are very rotten and think they run the house. Let's not lie, they totally do, I just can't them know it ha ha! My usual genre is romance or urban fantasy. I love all things having to do with paranormal, with the occasional good contemp/BDSM/erotica thrown in to spice it all up.