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The Fire Wish (The Jinni Wars #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,806 Ratings  ·  282 Reviews
A jinni. A princess. And the wish that changes everything. . . .

Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad—which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form—as each other. A jinni and a human, trading live
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Random House Children's
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Emily I have read this book and part of the second one and there are 0 love triangles which is really refreshing.
Amber Officially, it's ages 12 and up. Unofficially, it's ok for most "avid" readers ages 10 and up.

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Emily May
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, fantasy, young-adult, 2014
This is like The Parent Trap, if it was set in the Middle East and had a nice big side order of instalove.

And let me tell you, I tried so bloody hard to love this book. I was hoping The Fire Wish would make waves in Young Adult and perhaps - if we were really lucky - pave the way for an influx of exciting, non-western, non-white, YA fantasy. I mean, this is set in the Middle East. I don't even know any other fantasies that are set in the Middle East. The potential for this book was huge - a bran
Ash Wednesday

I’m going to try and be fair here, because I’ve truly read worse in this genre and I really appreciated the crash course in jinni mythology embedded within the plot. Because what kind of reader raised by Disney would not be drawn to a story like this? And for a while this had the novelty of an under explored mythology going for it. The lush and decadent world building was like an exotic recipe of something familiar made entirely different by the culture, customs and history. But at it
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Lough's writing is poetic in both imagery and brevity. She does more in one sentence than most writers do in twenty--and she does it beautifully. Lough transports the reader back to medieval Baghdad, a time when the races of jinni (or genie to us less informed folk) and humans are at war, magic comes in wishes, and nobody is who s/he appears to be. The jinni live in an underground cavern glittering with crystals and lit by a bubbling Lake of Fire. Their magi
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Fire Wish by Amber Lough
Book One of The Jinni Wars trilogy
Publisher: Random House Children's
Publication Date: July 22, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

A jinni. A princess. And the wish that changes everything. . . .

Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad—which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and
Jul 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-books
I was lured to this book for a few reasons. The first was the awesome cover which is definitely one of the best I've seen lately. The second reason was that I've always been intrigued by the idea of a book about the Jinni ever since I saw Disney's Aladin as a kid. Unsurprisingly this book struggled to meet my fairly high expectations. That is not to say it is bad as I actually quite enjoyed this one. It was a fun fantasy romance with enough likable characters, mystery, and cool magic to hold my ...more
Kristen Lippert-Martin
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's a rare and amazing book that can take you somewhere you've never been before and introduce you to characters like no one you've ever read about and still convey a story that's so emotionally accessible. You'll be pulled into the mystery of Zayele and Najwa's interconnected fates right away. PLUS -- and here's the big bonus -- the writing is so gorgeous and vibrant, the story blooms in your head effortlessly. So, yeah, pretty much you'll be needing to add this book to your "must-read list fo ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
The main reason I decided to read this book is because I accidentally bought the sequel from Book Outlet, without realizing that it was a sequel. So I picked this one up so that the events of the second book would actually make sense.

Overall, I found this book to just be ok. It took a little bit to get into and I actually didn't like the beginning of the book much at all. I hated one of the main characters and while I liked the alternating POVs, in the beginning, it switched back and forth just
Seth Jolly
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has it all: jinnis, magic, adventure, suspense, and just enough romance. The settings, both in the human and jinni worlds, draw you in. The characters come alive through their actions and dialogue. I also really appreciated how the author alternated two connected stories, told from the two main characters point of view. The story had a nice build up in the beginning and then really gets going, building to an exciting finish. I highly recommend this book.

Also, my 10yo daughter, fan of
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I loved everything about this book. The gorgeous writing and almost dream-like setting reminded me so much of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, which is one of my favorite YAs of all time. I can't wait for the next installment. Highly, highly recommended.
Sara (Freadom Library)
Soooo much better than I thought it would be.

Check out my series review here:

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
The plot of this book hooked me right in the beginning. It’s so interesting because it’s about a subject and a premise that I’ve never read before. It’s mysterious and suspenseful and full of adventure. The mythology aspect is really interesting and the plot full of twists and turns. It kept me hooked the entire time.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 s
Mary Kyle
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WANT MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR! I read it from Netgalley and my library has already ordered it so I will be recommending it to our teens for sure.

It looks like more are planned and I am very happy.

The world building is excellent, the characters are multidimensional and interesting. I care about many of them, though some are just downright bad and you love to hate them or fear them. The rich tapestry of this story will keep me coming back to the author.

There is a warning, it is very hard to put do
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ya
What a beautifully written book! I adored all of the settings--both foreign and otherworldly--and felt so immersed in the worlds of both protagonists. The language and sensory details were just fantastic, and the high-stakes plot kept me madly turning the pages. I think that readers who loved THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS would be just as drawn in by THE FIRE WISH.
Gretchen Jolly
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I loved the story and can't wait to read the next in the series! This was the kind of book that has me marvel at how authors come up with such clever, creative stories.
Emmy Ruijven
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Een boek over Djinns en eens geen standaard vampiers of weerwolven? Dat klinkt goed, toch? Ik was dan ook erg blij toen LS Amsterdam dit boek aankondigde en naar Nederland heeft gehaald. Dit is een van die boeken die het Young Adult genre verrijken, omdat het én een nieuwe mythologie aanboort én een hele eigen sfeer heeft; de sfeer uit het Midden-Oosten.

Je merkt goed dat Amber Lough in het Midden-Oosten is geweest. De manier waarop ze de sfe
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I really really highly enjoyed this book. I was immediately drawn to it because...jinn...need I say more? Jinn are one of the coolest mythical beings, in my opinion(though U feel like I'm spelling it wrong) and I've never really read a book about them. Sure, I know there are one or two YA contemporary books involving Genies but this is deferent, this is Jinn and humans at war! It sounds completely epic, in my opinion, and does not disappoint.

It has lively flawed and awesome characters, a brillia
Whitley Birks
Oct 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I had high hopes for this book, and at first they seemed to deliver. I enjoyed the setting and the characters and the magic of the jinni. We started off with lots of great set up, between Najwa studying to be a spy and Zayele…being Zayele. We had plenty of things to learn about, what with a war going on in the background and whole new culture to learn about with the jinni. I even liked Zayele’s “oh no, arranged marriage!” plot. I usually hate those, but she made it work with her rambunctious per ...more
Nasty Lady MJ
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Really 1.5 stars. That second star is more for potential than anything else. To see full review click on one of the below links:

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Disclaimer: I received an ARC for Netgalley. This did not have any impact on my opinion of the book. Other than to be grateful to the publisher (Random House Children’s) for giving me the opportunity to read this book. The Fire Wish is released on July 22, 2014.

Be careful what you wish for indeed.

I have been wanting a jinni (or genie for all you Aladdin
3.5 stars!

Toen Luitingh-Sijthoff mij benaderde om met de facebookgroep waar ik beheer van ben (Young Adults Boeken en Series <3) een leesclub te beginnen met dit boek, was ik meteen van de partij! Het leek me aan het begin al een heel gaaf boek en toen ik de kans had om dit boek te recenseren, pakte ik die kans met beide handen aan.

Ik kon na wat oponthoud eindelijk beginnen in het boek en wat me als eerste opviel was dat het door de ogen van twee meisjes beschreven wordt (Zayele en Najwa) en
3.5 stars

With simple yet lovely writing, a mystifying atmosphere and a rich setting, Lough builds a very enchanting and original world of jinnies that's unlike anything I've ever read in YA. This is very fun book: quick, uncomplicated, straightforward and easy to follow. There are plot lines that feel familiar, as well as a few bumps along the way, some logic mistakes and a few characters that suffered from a lack of characterization, but not much can be begrudged to the book because it is so si
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Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

When I first heard of this book, I thought it would be amazing! I mean, how often do you get to read about jinns? It's so Aladdin; so chic.

When actually reading the book made my excitement die down a bit.

It's the first in the series, and an okay read. I really like the setting in today's Middle East; you don't see much of it in the book because the characters aren't roaming the lands, but what you do read is very descriptive. Th
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW, WOW, WOW, I just loved this book. I read this book in record time. It has been a long time since I read a true page turner like this. Truly beautifully written. I would say that I would stop reading after this chapter, but just couldn't stop. Amber Lough truly knows how to end chapters so that you just have to continue reading.

The novel is about jinn and humans who are at war in Baghdad and about two girls (one human, Zayele and one jinni, Najwa) who change places and are living in a world
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Another book that I was excited to read. I liked the premise of this book. The world that the author built was cool and magical, yet it was the characters and the story itself that was lacking. Ok, so sometimes the author does not want to give too much away in the first book in a series. So there is that fine line of deciding how much of the plot to giveaway while still trying to keep some mystery for the rest of the series. Yet there was no mystery to be seen. In fact, there was not really much ...more
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I personally loved this book. HELLO, there are jinnis in it! How many books have you read with jinnis? The setting is fantastic, the adventure is even better.

The story follows Najwa, a jinni spy who is sent to spy on humans since the jinni and humans have been at war since she was a baby. People have this misconception that jinnis are soulless, evil creatures who are are there to make wishes for human demands. In fact, Najwa is somewhat delicate. She's thrown into this world that is totally unf
Pat Esden
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it

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 is 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—th
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks-library
This was a pretty good read. I checked this out online through the Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. ebook library through my local library.

Zayele has been chosen to be taken to Baghdad to marry Prince Kamel by the evil Vizier Hazim who is her cousin. She goes with her cousin Rahela only to leave her little brother behind. When she catches sight of a jinni named Najwa, she forces a wish on her (a fire wish) to have them switch places and take her home. Can they reverse the wish before its too late and bad th
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was so excited about The Fire Wish. A Jin and a human girl trading bodies? Freaky Friday magic style!

I'm pretty disappointed. The plot was super predictable, which would've been okay if the characters were really good. They weren't. Simple characters lacked depth, romance was contrived. It read like a young middle-grade book, except that it wasn't interesting. Not horrible, just very boring.
Lori M. Lee
I couldn't read this book fast enough. AMAZING story telling, GORGEOUS setting and description and imagery, awesome characters, and a fascinating, riveting plot. SO DARN GOOD WHERE IS BOOK TWO.
Monica Haak
3.5e ster. Wel leuk, maar meer ook niet.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-bookshelves
3.5 stars

This was a fun quick read! Loved the world building especially in this.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly fun and exciting variation on a classical tale! I thoroughly enjoyed the book and can't wait to see how the story concludes.
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“My entire life, I've been fascinated with stories. To everyone else, it seemed like the story itself was enough. But I wanted to know why someone told the story in the first place. Had something happened? Or were they only wishing for something to happen?” 6 likes
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