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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Dahlia, a centuries old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a sh ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published July 31st 2017 by Matt Dallmann
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Kelly McDonough
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story and found the author's attempt at bringing a new twist to the stereotypical world of genies quite refreshing. However, I felt this story is better suited to the young adult genre. The story is set in modern time, and I think younger readers could relate to Liana's struggles with her mother's death. I also found the way that genie Dahlia's capture and imprisonment is revealed fascinating and quite creative. Internal dialogue was a bit distracting at times, but consider ...more
I thought this was an interesting novel, though not what I had expected. In the beginning, I was confused with the switching narration and trying to understand what was going on. It became more clear what was happening the more I read, but I never fully connected with any of the characters. Still, this was a entertaining story and one I'm glad to have read. If you enjoy YA fantasy, and the description sounds good to you, I think you should give it a read. ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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The story alternates between the tale of Dahlia and Liana, a genie and a teenager in the present. The shift in the story was kinda abrupt and hard to grasp initially, but later on, it becomes better. The conversations and the writing style is easy to follow, given that it is primarily aimed at the YA crowd. But Tribal Affairs might suit to all age group alike.

There are a few moments in the story that you might feel outta place if you had jumped in thin
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just love when a book exceeds my expectations. This book is solid. At first glance when you read this book summary, you may think "fantasy". Yet, this book is more than just "fantasy". It kind of dealt some into the mental psyche as well.

Liana and Taffi were great main characters. They were relatable and engaging. Both the young and adult readers will enjoy this book. Plus, the other characters and locations that Liana and Taffi met and visited along the way were cool. There was more to Liana
Esther Haddie's Haven
I received a complimentary copy of this book for honest review.

Tribal Affairs was different than what I usually read. And what I mean by that is the style of writing. It's told 'fly on the wall' style (third POV), but in the present-tense. That's amazing. Few authors write this way, and when I find them, I always love it. Liana was well thought out, Dahlia was fascinating. The way Dahlia projected her emotions to Liana was awe-striking. Very well written. Easy to read and understand.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I won the paperback of this book in a competition I entered because I was intrigued by the idea of a story involving genies. The tale starts with Dahlia, a genie trapped inside a locket. Unsuspecting Liana wears the locket around her ankle, as did her now deceased mother.
When Liana starts seeing a mischievous young lad nobody else can see, both she and her father worry she is falling mentally ill, just like her mother.
But Taffi isn’t a figment of her imagination; he’s a genie. I won’t go into a
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tribal Affairs tells the story of fantasy, magic and genies. Dahlia, a genie who finds herself locked away in a locket that teenager Liana now possesses. This locket causes a ripple effect for many of the characters within the book. Especially, for Liana and Taffi, the son of Dahlia's enemy, Stefan.

Even thought it is not my normal genre I read, I thought Tribal Affairs was a pretty good book. There is a few main elements of all things I love to read in a story: mystery, suspense, history, roman
Samah (The Nerdy Blogger)
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, books-i-read
Beautiful and simply written. Loved the characters and how the actions were described. The travel between past and future was so smooth and not forced.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I found Tribal Affairs by Matt Dallmann to be a rather surprising read. It was very different from what I’d been expecting. It had an attention-grabbing premise and the genie mythology was well described. I liked how we got the story from the genie Dahlia’s perspective- which was very unique since she was trapped in a locket. I was interested in the mystery of Dahlia’s past, and learning how she ended up trapped in the locket in the first place. Liana and Taffi had a different and sometimes amus ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

“A huge shoutout to the author for sending a paperback all the way from US in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. The Book was all intact and alive with its glossy softy cover.

This review is done as part of the book review program of Ireadbooktours.

Thanks again.”

– Vithya.
Tribal affairs is a tale of centuries old dispute between two ancient tribes of djinn or genies, Marid and Ifrit. Marid’s being the most powerful among the 5 tribes of genie, they are genies who like humans whereas I
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story full of fantasy, mystery and suspense woven around a thwarted romance. Dahlia is a genie who has been trapped in a locket on an ankle bracelet. Liana’s mother apparently died from mental illness and now sixteen-year-old Liana has decided to wear the ankle bracelet. She has no idea the significance of the locket which soon brings chaos into her life.

Liana begins dreaming strange dreams of star-crossed lovers. Then she begins to see images. Before long her father thinks she needs m
Namrata Ganti
Tribal Affairs is a YA novel that revolves around the lives of Dahlia, a centuries old genie, trapped in an ankle bracelet, and a sixteen year old girl, Liana. Liana wears the bracelet for the first time on the opening night of her father's performance. Little does Liana know that this small act will have much bigger consequences.

The story is written in two different points of view, one telling Dahlia's story through dreams that Liana has, the other are Liana's version of the events that unfold.
Tynea Lewis
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Liana finally gathers the courage to wear her late mother’s anklet, her whole world starts to change. First, there’s an accident at her father’s magic show, then she starts having the strangest dreams, and soon she’s seeing people that no one else can. Her shrink tells her she’s going crazy, just like her mother, but the boy no one else can see keeps insisting that everything happening is real.
After being trapped in an anklet for centuries, Dahlia is so close to gaining her freedom she ca
Dahila is a genie who has been trapped for years inside of a stone, a consequence for the sin of loving a human. In the present-day, 16 year old Liana decides to wear her mother's charm bracelet for the first time since her death. Liana's mother had schizophrenia and ever since putting on her mother's charm, Liana has begun to see things, hear things and has been having strange dreams. In Liana's dreams, Dahlia is telling her a story, the story will help set Dahlia free, but it will also help ke ...more
LitPick Book Reviews
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tribal Affairs is a book following Liana and her magical adventure. Liana is a normal girl, or so she thinks. Her early life has been okay; her mother was crazy, her father is the best father in the world. One day, Liana decides to put her mother's old locket around her leg when she goes to her father's magic show. At the show, a freak accident happens, leaving her father as the laughingstock of the town. Afterward, she starts to see glimpses of "something" messing with her father. A few days la ...more
Monica Kelly
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tribal Affairs gives Teen & Young Adult a fantastic Paranormal & Urban fantasy. Author Matt Dallmann gives the YA Readers an easy to follow storyline with G rated content that a parent of a teen would be happy with, the book quickly jumps into the adventure to keep the reader's attention, it does alternate from past to present, between the tale of Dahlia and Liana a genie and a teenager. 

Tribal Affairs tells the story of fantasy, magic, and genies. Sixteen-year-old Liana decides to wear charm (a
Joseph Gil
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I went into this book with low expectations: a story about a century’s old genie trapped in a locket just didn’t seem like a plot that could provoke me to read it beginning to end. When I sat down and began reading though, I was pleasantly proven wrong. The story centers around Liana, a teenager with a father for a magician losing his luster, when she opts to put on her dead mother’s anklet. The wearing of the anklet unleashes a domino effect not just in her world, but the realm within the ankle ...more
Ravin Maurice
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tribal Affairs is a short book that is jam packed with great writing. With evocative descriptions and a fascinating mythology this story about love and the complex drama between different genie tribes reads so smoothly you'll be up late reading this one. The author has done a great job with Liana, the main character, and her complex backstory and struggle with her mental state. And with the story's narrator, which I won't give away, that brings on a twist at the end that I thought was amazing!
Gina Stamper
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult

This was a very intriguing concept that did not unfold predictably. It was surprising in almost every way when I was reading it. I love the simplicity of the Book Cover and the intricate way it was written. Descriptive and Emotional throughout with plenty of action and even romance laced in between. I think this is a great novel for the genre, it fits in perfectly and I think any YA Fantasy fan will enjoy it!
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautiful young adult fantasy story

If you are mesmerized with genie, Tribal Affairs is a must read book for you. It is a beautiful young adult fantasy story to read. This book will bring you from pass to present story of two genies. It is actually a fun book to read. My 12 year old daughter will love to read this book as well. She loves fantasy.

It is a story of love, hatred and forgiveness. The first few chapters are boring to read but you have to keep going. It will take your breath away.
C. Gonzales
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This novel had a powerful main character and a powerful underlying theme of actions and consequences. I liked the way the author set up the novel and that he made sure to give the reader plenty of information so that they came to understand the world he had created.

I liked that this novel is written for Young Adult readers, but can be enjoyed by all fans of Fantasy.
Deklyn Jessen
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story

I was very impressed while reading this book. It it very entertaining and very well written. The detail was great and the story line kept me on my toes the whole time. I would definitely recommend this book!
Corrine Cassels
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun YA fantasy story. The perspectives jump back and forth from human to genie, which was definitely an original premise I haven't encountered before. Those that enjoy the fantasy genre will definitely consider this a good read, although the bouncing points of views got a little jumbled towards the end, maybe on purpose? It wasn't quite clear. Either way, I had fun with this book and would definitely read more from the author. ...more
Anna Munger
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ir-books
Tribal Affairs breathes new life into the "genie in a bottle" troupe with Liana and Dahlia. Set in modern time, Liana and her father Jamison are struggling after the death Liana's mother. Readers are given hints about what happened to her as the story progresses, as it seems Liana is facing the same problems. Only, perhaps she isn't- but these hallucinations are fake, right? There isn't a man named Taffi standing in front of her. Right?

With chapters from the genie Dahlia readers are given inform
Zoé-lee O'farrell
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour of Tribal Affairs by Matt Dallmann.

Wow! This book was not what I expected.

When I saw this book come up on the blog tour I wasn’t sure. I read the blurb and looked at the book cover and I wasn’t going to take part but the book kept coming back to me. It felt like this book was calling to me again and again, so I signed up to read the book. It was most probably Dahlia calling to me from the ankle bracelet!

This book well… I do not know where to begin. So I guess
R.K. Emery
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I felt that the plot was a good one, but the flow of it seemed a bit rushed at times. I found myself trying to keep up.

These characters each have their own personalities and depth to them. None of them felt one-dimensional or forced, they all shined through as individuals.

Once I was in this novel I was immersed for sure.
Tonja Drecker
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
In an ever tightening weave of two stories, this is a fantasy with much more than just magic.

Sixteen-year-old Liana decides to wear an anklet bracelet, which, unknown to her, is the prison for a centuries-old genie, Dahlia. As Dahlia projects her feelings and thoughts, Liana is sure she's going insane. But when Liana wears the anklet to her father's show, unexplained and unexpected things happen. Soon Liana finds herself caught up in a feud between two genie families, and falling in love for the
Angela Thompson
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tribal Affairs offers a YA-friendly look at genies. I have only read a couple of books focused on genies--so, I am not very familiar with their world. This book offered enough details and world building that I developed an understanding of the genies and their tribes without feeling overwhelmed or confused. The book is truly written for a young adult audience (even tween/ young teen readers) with it's easy to read, easy to follow storyline and G rated content.

Readers should expect some sudden sh
Meagan Myhren-Bennett
Tribal Affairs
By Matt Dallmann

She thought she was losing her mind ~ that she was seeing things. But the truth was even more unbelievable ~ Liana unknowingly has connected herself to a genie. This genie has been trapped for generations in the charm of an anklet that once belonged to Liana's mother. And now Liana is about to discover the truth she knew is not the truth that is.

When Liana decides to claim the anklet as her own to wear she unwittingly triggers a chain of events which upend her life
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
One could definitely describe this contemporary fantasy novel an odd duck. Several chapters an unidentified female character narrates, who has a husband named Alexander. For most of the story, chapters appear to be in third-person, with the main character being Liana, daughter of the magician Jamison the Great, one of whose performances has a misfire early on. In another dream-dedicated chapter, Alexander hangs beaten and upside-down from a tree, with the narrator soon saying that she has influe ...more
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Matt Dallmann has a background in acting and holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. His films and screenplays have been featured at film festivals across the United States including Cinequest, Big Apple Film Festival, Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, DragonCon and Zero Independent Film Festival. His piano compositions have been published for commercial use and he i ...more

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