Monday, July 14, 2014

Review: THE FIRE WISH (The Jinni Wars, #1) by Amber Lough

 I’ve been dying to read THE FIRE WISH and I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children’s.  If you preorder now, you won’t have long to wait. It officially comes out on July 22.

THE FIRE WISH is told from the point of view of two teenage girls. One girl is a jinni, who's training to be a spy in the war against humans. The other is a human girl on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad. When one girl makes a wish, they end up switching bodies—that puts them in the middle of each other’s romances and danger-filled worlds.  But the story is a lot more complicated than that and, as the plot deepens, the reader learns just how entwined their lives and worlds are.

I enjoyed the plot and the characters (particularly the way each of the girl’s attitude toward the new world they’re dropped into is shown and changes). Above all else, I loved the lush world building. It was amazing how Lough managed to make both the human and jinn worlds and the history they share feel real and still keep the writing accessible to a young audience. This is not a story to dash through. It has tons of details to be absorbed and enjoyed.  It would be a great entry-level epic fantasy for upper middle grade or young adult readers.

If you want to learn more about THE FIRE WISH and why Amber Lough was uniquely qualified to write this story, check out Lough websiteHERE


  1. Oooooh, I've been waiting for this ever since Amber talked about the idea years ago!!!! You are one lucky gal and thanks for reminding us that it's almost here.

  2. Vijaya, I've been waiting to read it for a long time as well. It's as lush and wonderful as I hoped.

  3. Sounds like a great concept! Congrats to Amber. =)

  4. You're right, Leandra. It's a combination of the perfect characters and settings to make for loads of tension and action, and twists.