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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  269 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Kyra’s life is far from normal.

She's been on the run for as long she can remember and her father is the only stable thing in her life, but everything changes when the people pursuing them finally catch up.

Kyra is abducted by the handsome and mysterious, Will. He takes her to a secret compound where she is told the truth: She's a Djinn, a genie-like creature with super powe
Published December 2013 (first published November 5th 2013)
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Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, I was a beta reader for Laura, whom I met at a writing course, and this is her debut novel, Djinn. Kyra is a girl on the run with her father. Who they're running from, she doesn't know. So when the pursuers finally catch up and kidnap Kyra, she learns that everything is not as it seems. Her world is about to change big time, because she's a genie, and not everyone is happy about her return. But with her mysterious and dreamy trainer, Will, Kyra will have to find a way to adjust to her ...more
Kate Policani
A teen shouldn't have to live a life on the run, with constant moves and training in self-defense. Kyra and her father have always lived this way, and though she resents it, it is what she knows.
But everything she knows shatters when a boy named Will and his team of supernaturally-powered friends kidnaps her and takes her to the community of the Djinn. She learns her true past as a noble daughter of the Djinn, a magical people with fantastic powers, and she discovers the true identity of the man
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This deserves so much more than 5 stars! Dammit! Review to come

Review originally appears on my blog All The Bookish Love

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Holy heck, was this book amazing or what? It went right off the chart for me. I’ve read my fair share of YA books, but never have I been so infatuated and enthralled by one than I was with this one. Let’s face it, most YA books are either dystopian, have vam
Nadia Said
3.5 Stars

Just finished Djinn! There were parts of it I LOVED and parts of it I didn't love. Honestly though, there really wasn't anything technically or structurally wrong with this book. No complaints in the grammar department, and everything was formatted right. What made this book a 3.5 versus a 4 or 5 was the fact that it's a classic YAPR (YA Paranormal Romance or as I like to call them: yappers).

I loved the world building! The Djinn society, their affinity for dogs, all the different magic
Ericka Greer
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
(I received this free ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review)

I LOVED reading Djinn! The writing was good, the characters were great, and the cover is perfect! Once I got done with the opening scene I knew it was going to be good.

Kyra and her father have been on the run for her whole life. He trains her to fight and to observe her surroundings. Kyra takes what her father teaches her and although she questions it she feels that he is just protecting her. She even goes through great l
Ginny Lurcock
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pages-301-500
There were moments in Djinn where I was all "pfft, that's obvious." Other moments were I was all *blink* "did not see that coming ... "

And then the moment where I was all "OH MY GOD, NO!! WHY?!"

And while I understand the reasoning behind that moment, why it was necessary and how well the author handled it ... I'm still back there wondering if I could have done anything differently. What I, as a reader, could've done I'm not sure ... but there you have it.

What I liked:

Djinn, while it had it's mom
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I was given a copy of this book as a gift from Stephanie's Book Reports in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book in the Djinn series, and it is Kyra's story.

Kyra has been on the run with her dad her entire life. She has no idea who it is they are running from and why she is in danger. When she is finally captured, the information she receives turns her entire world upside down. What do you do when everything you thought you knew about yourself and your family turns out to be a li
Nikki Bennett
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has a couple of great things going for it. The biggest is that it isn't about zombies or vampires--it's something truly unique and original. The story is compelling, absorbing, and has some great twists to it. And the characters are so well-done, you get a feel and a sympathy for all of them, even the ones you don't like so much.

Laura Catherine manages to succeed in something that a lot of writers can't do--and that's to seamlessly transition her character through several changes. In t
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED this book! It's well written, funny, romantic, and intriguing! I'm also in love with the cover (: I really liked all of the characters in this book. Will is such a gentlemen, which is pretty rare anymore. In a lot of books I've been reading lately the guy is always some huge bad ass with a soft heart. Will can kick some ass, but he is very caring and sweet. Kyra is an awesome heroine. She can handle herself, she's smart, and even though she's been through a lot, she never let' ...more
Myra Espino
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**Received a copy in exchange for an honest review**

Djinn, another list to my favorite books.
From the start up to the last, everything is perfect.
The concept of the story is really good.
It's not boring and it definitely is unique.

The characters, they are easy to love and like.
Kyra, she's cool and I love her character.
I love that she's not a wimp and she knows how to fight.
Will on the other hand, even though he's a fighter, I love his gentleness.
The other characters, Mia, Pyke, Nate and others..
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting concept. I was really intrigue on how the author would introduce the world of "Genies" in the story. I find the plot really good, it was really compelling, and the twist was very unexpected. I was really thrilled and bedazzled.

Kyra's character is a mixture of soft and strong. I felt her confusion, anger and pain. The only thing that I didn't get about her is that, she easily adapt to her new world, I mean, emotionally in regards with her Dad(Malcom).

Will's character is a rare
Jan 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Well, I read this book all the way to the end! Mainly because it was free for a review.

I must say for a debut this was very good.

It had lots of action, a great story line, and romance! It was laid out and written extremely well.

I would have read it just because I loved the cover.

I looked at some of the other reviews and apparently my opinion is not like the rest. I liked it. I did not love it. I probably would have put it down after 1/4 the way through it out of boredom. A lot was very predictab
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Kyra -- she kicked it in all the right ways! I've never read a story about Djinn before, but I guess I will have to look into reading more. Loved the romance aspect and the parrallels to interracial.intercultural relationship issues. Plenty of hot guys to crush on in this one.

That said, there were a few problems with the book like missing words here and there, and I skimmed in a couple of places because it got dull (or maybe it was too late to be reading and I was just tired?). Very good
Linda Todd
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to Linda by: a gift
Shelves: got, my-fab
This book was the most wonderfully written story I have had the pleasure of reading so far so thank you very much for the chance to read this wonderful book the characters and story line was a truly wonderful get away and loved ever minute of this book as you can see the book was so very hard to put down once I started to read it I couldn't stop so now I would love to know when the next book is coming out and also my thanks go to the author Laura and most say you go girl and keep them coming and ...more
L.L. Hunter
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Djinn is one of those addictive paranormal romances that you just can't put down until you finish it. This is a fabulous first novel for a debut author. I loved all the characters, but Pyke... I can't say why I am not happy about the ending, you will have to read it to find out. If you loved Touching Smoke by Airicka Phoenix and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead you will love Djinn by Laura Catherine!
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book for my kindle after reading the synopsis. An interesting concept! I really enjoyed this book as it was a light fun read. The writing was great and the character development was spot on. You get action, adventure, romance, mystery, and humor. If you like cheesy teen movies and throw in ancient middle eastern folklore, then this book is for you. I only wish the ending didn't feel so abrupt. That being said I can't wait for book two!!!
Storm Chase
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me ages to get through the first part of the book but at chapter four the story started and after that it was great fun. It's a nice, well thought out world, and the heroine, Kyra, as well as the hero, Will, are both very likable. The plot is intriguing too but I didn't realise it would end on a cliffhanger! I'll definitely look out for the second half as I'd like to see how it ends.
Donna Harms
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure of beta reading this book for Author Laura Catherine. I was drawn immediately into the story and by the end it left me wanting more. I look forward to the release of this book to add officially to my collection and for the next book in the series. Well done!
Kim Hepburn
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was a Beta reader for this book and I cannot wait to see/read the final product!! It's a unique and exciting story, I wish book 2 was already out as I want to know more about what happens. I haven't read a book about Djinn before so it was really good to read something new!!
May 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Elementary writing. Elementary Characters. Elementary Plot.
Not worth the time.
Read at your own risk.
Ronel Janse van Vuuren
It has an interesting premise: Djinn and the implied folklore about them. But it would’ve been better if their world was more fleshed out, their history better explained instead of “she learned their history”, and more emphasis placed on who the bad guys are and why they are a threat to “normal” Djinn.

The societal structure reminded me a lot of “Vampire Academy” and the Earth Kingdom in “Avatar: The Last Airbender” – but the rules weren’t clearly explained to Kyra who is entirely new to this way
Mindy Bigham
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**4.5 Fiery Hearts!**

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Kyra has been on the run with her dad her entire life. Trying to live a stable life and actually staying in one place seems very complicated. Kyra has nightmares that are so vivid they seem so real to her, almost as if they are part of her.

With Kyra and her dad's guards down the men looking for her show up and take her to a secret compound where her nightmares become a reality. Everyone has the same
Autumn (Triquetra Reviews)
Will edit one review is finished.

Edited on March 27th, 2014

First a quick thanks to the author for giving me a copy of the book when I won a giveaway! I love winning books and this was a great prize!

Cover! I think this cover is really awesome. The colors are great and it gives an air of mystery, but once you read the story it all comes together.

I went through emotions in this book just like Kyra did. At first everything was happy and then - BOOM - your life turns upside down. I went up and down
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very different from the normal "vampire and werewolves" fare. That is why I was drawn to this book. I recently read the Forbidden Trilogy by Karpov Kinrade(I may do a post on it soon), and this kind of reminds me of that series mixed in with one I love, but have yet to finish, called The Significance Series by Shelly Crane.

Kyra is a very strong character. Very strong-willed, smart, resourceful. She analyzes her situation and tries not to get too emotional.

I don't want to give any of the twists a
Hayley Guertin
Djinn was a great read! I really enjoyed how the book started off. Laura kept the book at a nice fast paced read and it was very interesting. Not everything was revealed to the reader and we learned things at about the same time the main character did, which was nice because then there was still mystery and a need to keep reading.

The book was really well written. I loved that there was a prologue at the beginning that helps you understand some things further down into the story because it clear
Tasha Williams (Red's Midnight Readers)
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Kyra's life is far from normal.
Kyra has spent her life on the run. Going from town to town, just her, her father and their beat up old truck trying to evade the bad people, who are after them. However these people catch up with them and Kyra finds herself kidnapped and taking to a place where she quickly learns that all is not as it seems.

This is the first in the Djinn series and the first time I have come across this author. I am a massive fan
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Her entire life Kyra and her father have been on the run she doesn't know exactly who from but she has seen them as they tried to take her, close to her 18th birthday and suddenly the past has caught up. When she finally finds out the reason for all the running her world will be tipped on its axis more than ever and she will have to find out what the truth is between what seems to be lies.

As Kyra discovers a world she could never have imagined she has to learn how to use her new powers she sudde
Jenn Sut
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was given a book in exchange for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.

Malcolm Lockhart and Kyra have been on the run since she was two years old. Every new place means a new name. She's not thrilled with Sally, but she has no choice. She has been training with Malcolm since she was twelve years old. Her mother and why they are on the run are a complete mystery to her. Why are people after them? Why won't Malcolm tell her what is really
Laurie P
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

I was given this book for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.


This book is the first book in the Djinn series.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are well developed and the story believable.

Kyra was kidnapped at the age of 2 by her father. At 17, her mother's people get her back. Then she learns what she really is and what her powers are and how to control them. Then her father's people come for her, breaki
Heather Langston
So, the beginning took a little "warm up period", however, probably around 40% into the book, I didn't want to put it down! The Djinn is a nice change to the YA paranormal romance genre. It was fairly clean (some slight "heavy pecking" at one point ). And the ending is somewhat of a cliffhanger (though not where you want to throw something....more like an "Aw man!" type ending.=o) There were a couple of typos I noticed but not enough to detract from the story (obviously!). Loved the characters! ...more
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Laura Catherine was born in Melbourne, Australia where she spent most of her childhood creating fantasy worlds and talking to her invisible pet cheetah who ran along powerlines.

She completed a Diploma of Writing and Editing at Holmesglen Tafe where she learned a lot about turning her stories into actual books instead of just ideas hidden away on scrap paper in her desk drawers.

Laura self-published

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  • Blooders (Djinn #2)
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