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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 showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.

277 pages, Paperback

Published July 31, 2017

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Matt Dallmann

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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 is a member of ASCAP. Matt is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the boutique medical billing firm VGA Billing Services, Inc. in New York City. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

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103 reviews9 followers
February 28, 2020
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 considering the nice pacing of the plot it makes up for some rough dialogue scenes. A pleasant enough read for a snowy
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1,591 reviews192 followers
April 20, 2018
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.
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231 reviews56 followers
October 14, 2017
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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 thinking only of Aladdin's Genie.The Djinn/genie world seems much more complicated than that. They have even feuds between their tribes (thus the name Tribal Affairs, get it?) and lots of restrictions on their power. So much for the shape-shifting goofy genies! *sobs* *sobs*. But kudos to the strong world building that even a genie noob like me could understand.

If you are a fan of YA fantasy, then you should pick this book Tribal Affairs right away. Even if you are not, try the book you might end up liking it thanks to its interesting narration.
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5,266 reviews195 followers
September 30, 2017
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. As the story progressed, these attributes were revealed. There was a romance between Liana and Taffi but it was not the main strong focul point of the story. I liked this as it did not distract from the overall story.

There were moments within the story where it would flash into the past. These moments helped add to the present and the connection between Liana and the bracelet. This was such an easy, smooth read. I finished this book in one day. I look forward to reading more books from Mr. Dallman.
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902 reviews56 followers
October 27, 2017
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.
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Author 14 books115 followers
August 20, 2018
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 any spoilers here, suffice it to say the story revolves around Liana and Taffi’s fledgling relationship, and an ages old rivalry between genie tribes – hence the title.
This is a YA book, so a clean read, and the characters are vividly brought to life. They engaged me well, helping me read all the way to the end despite a pretty large issue I had with the writing (more below). The plot draws you along at a fast pace, and Dallman has an excellent knack of writing in such a visual manner (unsurprising for someone with a background in films) you can easily picture what is going on, and all the wonderfully imaginative, colourful settings.
So, the writing. For me, there was a huge issue over point of view. The story begins with Dahlia, even though she is trapped and pretty much out of contact with the outside world. It then follows Liana. The problem is, the viewpoint narrator swaps randomly from Liana, to Dahlia, to Taffi, sometimes even within the same sentence! I found it confusing and unsettling, and pretty distracting. Later on, to compound the issue, yet more points of view from other characters are added as well.
I was also frustrated by a couple of loose threads that I found distressing: Liana and Taffi ride a horse through a magical stage prop into the ocean, and while Liana magics herself and Taffi onto a boat, there is no mention of what happens to the poor horse. And later on, Liana attacks a young boy (case of mistaken identity) and renders him unconscious. Although she feels guilty about what she’s done, we never hear anything more about what happens to him after we see him lying senseless at her feet.
Please don’t leave me dangling! This reader wants to know what happened to horse and boy.
Perhaps these things wouldn’t bother a regular YA reader, all I can say is, they bothered me. Not enough to make me drop the book, but enough to say I’d hesitate to read another book by this author unless I knew I wasn’t going to find the same sort of things in it.
Recommendation - if head-hopping doesn’t worry you, then go right ahead – the story and characters are worth it. I just wish I’d found it an easier read.
5,547 reviews
July 11, 2018
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, romance and mystique. It is not a long story, so it took me no time to finish it in one sitting. I have to admit, I was a little confused at what was going on at first, but it quickly came together for about 25% into it. It held my attention from then on and I did not want to put it down. I had to know what would happen next for Dahlia, as well as, Liana and Taffi. There are a few twists and turns I did not expect. Ines that I could not have predicted. It was fascinating how it all came together in the end.

I give Tribal Affairs four stars. I am interested in reading more by Matthew Dallmann in the future. I am adding him to my list of must read authors.

I recommend Tribal Affairs for those who enjoy a good, entertaining, fun and quick young adult fantasy for all ages. Most definitely worth a read.

I received this book from the author. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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621 reviews76 followers
July 11, 2018
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.
1,672 reviews
October 25, 2017
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 amusing relationship, but sometimes they seemed more like siblings than love interests.

The story was filled with vivid imagery, and often times were quite jocular. The dialogue was engaging, but there wasn’t much character development. Also at some points in the story I was completely lost as to what was going one. Like there was this scene where there were headless camels running around and causing havoc. I’m still scratching my head over that one.

On a whole this was an original, clean fantasy.

I received a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive and all views and opinions are my own.

33 reviews2 followers
September 3, 2018

“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 Ifrit are the shrewd types who manipulate humans and outwardly hate them.

As The Blurb goes….

‘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 showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son’.

Main Characters :

Dahlia, Liana, Taffi, Stefan, Jamison and Amon.

To simply put it, Dahlia is a centuries old MARID genie trapped in a golden locket and the locket belongs to liana’s late mother which now she’s wearing as an anklet bracelet. The wearing of the locket starts a chain of bizarre events in liana’s life. As the story progresses she finds herself in a different magical world, not just that, she realises that her arrival was awaited from centuries where now she is prepared for a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy Stefan. With this, there is another main character Taffi, Stefan’s son, who plays  an important role in this genie conflict tale.

I loved the book’s different and fresh take on magical fantasy choosing a plot around genies as we all have a childhood fantasy of genies who turns our wishes into reality with just a command. The narration was indeed good and the language as easy as it could be. Though initially i couldn’t get myself to start reading it as I didn’t know what to expect from a story of genies. But once i was on it, it didn’t feel even once like it was overdone or too much or clichéd. The story was modern unlike what you would expect from a genie story as the plot starts with the main protagonist 16 year old liana, a college goer staying with an aged father, who is a professional magician, trying to make a living out of it.

It was only a few chapters down the line, i found myself hooked to the story and i mean completely hooked and also i had difficulty recognizing dahlia’s and liana’s dialogues apart. There were times i thought it was liana thinking when it was actually dahlia and vice versa, as both their character’s and pasts had many similarities.

I loved all the magical sequence in the story. The love story of Dahlia and Alexander was as beautiful as liana’s and Taffi. There were quite a few lines i found catchy and one of them being, “Through all our travels and tragedies, we had seen both the dark and the light in each other’s eyes and still chose to stay” which perfectly sums up their love for each other.

Final verdict :

If you are fan of magical fantasy in a dire need of fresh air, This one is highly recommended!
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799 reviews45 followers
August 25, 2018
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 medical help like her mother did. But Liana is convinced that there is something stranger – and more real than she can understand – going on. She meets a strange young man named Taffi, which is the same name as the horse in her father’s illusion act. Is Taffi really a genie as he claims? Is he there to help her or hurt her? Are they both a victim of a curse or is it all a delusion or hallucination?

The world of genies created by the author is fantastical, full of magic, power, jealousies and beasties. The reader quickly learns there is a connection between Dahlia and Liana but there is a long path of adventure and danger to reveal the details. The genies intrigues and relationships are similar to human although they seem larger due to the powers the genies can use. They also seem more dangerous and less benign than one might think a genie would be.

The author uses an interesting approach by having Dahlia narrate the story at first. However as chapters progress, the point of view shifts to third person. Later it is clear that Dahlia is narrating again. I often have the Kindle reading to me, so I had to keep close track of whose feelings were being described since Dahlia should have been describing observations of other’s expressions and actions rather than describing their internal feelings. This caused some confusion for me which was a little distracting. Although, thinking back, I think perhaps Dahlia could read the thoughts of the others. Still, it created some confusion.

In spite of that, I enjoyed the fantasy journey and the strange creatures along the way. I especially liked the sea creatures from one of the genie worlds. There is a tentative, stumbling romance including appropriate teenage angst. It was interesting to read the emotional growth of the characters. I recommend this to readers who enjoy fantasy and a light YA romance.

Source: iRead Book Tours.
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430 reviews41 followers
August 18, 2018
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. Matt paints a pretty informative picture of the genie world, how they live, the extent of their powers and the various tribes that exist. We also come to know of their differences in personalities and how they look upon humans.

At first it was a little difficult to catch on to the changes in narration and the sequence of events, but as the story progressed, the characters became familiar and slowly the plot started to make sense. Through all this, Liana discovers her ancestral connection to the genie's and embarks on a journey with Taffi, a genie who turns up at her house and who claims to want to help her. It is only later that she discovers the connection between Taffi and Stefan, the person who is solely responsible for the event that set the rest in motion : the trapping of Dahlia. Additionally, Liana works to find within herself her powers and strength with the help of Taffi and her great great great great.... something grandfather, Amon.

The story is simple and a fast read. It flows easy and there isn't anything complicated that we need to focus hard to understand. It is an interesting read and though I did not connect with some characters, Liana and Dahlia truly left an impression on me for their strength and ability to love so deeply as well as their compassion.

I would like to thank Laura Fabiani and the iRead Book Tours team for giving me this opportunity to read and enjoy this book! If you are a fan of YA fiction and genie's and wishes being granted, do pick up this book!
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71 reviews3 followers
November 4, 2018
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 can taste it. She needs Liana’s help to defeat the genie who trapped her in the anklet, but Dahlia’s mortal enemy isn’t going to give up that easily. Just as Liana gets close to the truth, he curses her and sets Liana on an adventure that will take her to the land of the genies and back, and eventually bring her face to face with the man who ruined both her and Dahlia’s lives. But this time she’ll be ready.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was very fast-paced, and I was never bored. I was fascinated by the places the author created and the creatures that accompanied them. At times, I was a little confused by the sequence of events and the characters’ emotions, but it didn’t detract from the storyline. I appreciated all the twists and turns that made the story both unpredictable and interesting. Throughout the book, Liana struggles with whether she’s strong enough to accomplish her goal, which is something many of us are familiar with. I especially enjoyed her character development as she learned just how strong she truly was. Readers of all ages can relate to Liana and those who accompany her as they juggle love, loyalty, and trust in this exciting fantasy novel.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in genies and magic or is interested in a fast-paced read with plenty of twists and turns.
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1,339 reviews31 followers
August 14, 2018
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 keep Liana safe from Stefan. Stefan is another genie, an enemy to Dahila and now Liana. Liana soon meets Taffi, Stefan's son and together they enter the world of the genies and a tribal feud that has been raging for centuries.

Tribal Affairs is a unique young adult book featuring genies. The writing switches between Liana and Dahlia, Dahila's story being mostly in dream form as she is trying to impart information to Liana in a non-threatening way. I was first intrigued by Dahila's demeanor and story of being trapped inside the stone. The story begins right as Liana puts on Dahlia's stone, so I didn't get to learn much about Liana before she believes she is schizophrenic and is involved in the genie world. I was taken away with the rules, knowledge and powers that the genies in the story had. I was very interested in the different types of genies and what they could do. I would have loved to learn more about their world, feuds and powers. Liana is a relatable character and I enjoyed her interactions with Taffi as well as what Taffi sacrificed. Overall, a fast-past, young adult read with genies leaving me wanting to go deeper into their world.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
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703 reviews24 followers
November 4, 2018
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 later, she is able to fully see that "something," and it's a mischievous genie with a familiar tattoo on his shoulder!

Later, she realizes she's seen that tattoo on someone else before. Liana goes to find him to understand who he is. Little does she know, the other genie is evil and curses her to make her invisible to all humans. Now Liana must set out on a long journey in order to become whole again. Will Liana be able to make herself visible again? Can she defeat the evil genie? Find out in this great book!

Matt Dallmann wrote an interesting book filled with magic and genies. This book was enjoyable and fun to read. However, some parts were slow. For the most part, the scenes worked well together and flowed smoothly.

The author incorporated unique ideas into this story. For example, the method of "trapping" a genie in this book was different than other methods I've read about. This method seemed more logical than some of the other theories I've read. I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up because there was some death.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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82 reviews13 followers
August 6, 2018
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 (ankle bracelet) which, unknown to her, is the prison for a centuries-old genie, Dahlia. The charm has a ripple effect for many of the characters within the book. The genie has been trapped for generations in the charm of an anklet that once belonged to Liana's mother. Soon she finds herself caught up in a centuries-old conflict between two powerful tribes of genies. The main characters come from very different worlds, which you read when it's going from past to present and they have very different backgrounds. 

I look forward to reading more books from Matt. Dallman.
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4 reviews1 follower
January 29, 2020
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 anklet too. This is where we meet Dahlia, the genie who is trapped inside the anklet. I was wrapped up in the story, reading carefully to see how the plotlines of Liana and Dahlia would come together. I was most impressed with the complexities of the different worlds, specifically the genie one. I imagined it would be cartoonish, but it turned out to be full of life and in the thick of the plot. If you are looking for a good YA book with a tranquil narrative plot, I suggest giving this a shot – you won’t be disappointed.
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Author 14 books39 followers
February 14, 2020
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!
Highly recommended.
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572 reviews20 followers
August 2, 2018

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!
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514 reviews1 follower
August 21, 2018
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. I am not a fan of fantasy but I am interested with genie. Liana and Taffi are my favorite characters. They are both fun characters.
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847 reviews30 followers
July 29, 2018
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.
5 reviews
February 12, 2020
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!
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162 reviews5 followers
January 24, 2020
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.
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45 reviews
February 4, 2020
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 information about the 100-year-old's past, including the events that led to her capture and imprisonment. She is chained to Liana's ankle when the girl jumps from one reality to another, unaware of her unwilling passenger.

Together, he dual points of view create a long, tangled history of politics, family, and the cost of love.
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Author 1 book200 followers
October 16, 2018
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 at the beginning then!

You get drawn in straight away. A genie called Dahlia has been locked away in a prison by someone who knew her true name! The book split between Dahlia narrating the story and Liana narrating the story, however sometimes we were viewing Liana’s point of view but through the eyes of Dahlia. I must confess at times I did get confused with the narration only because I was not always sure who was narrating but this was more to do with me not concentrating as I was getting excited. However, this kind of writing had me hooked and if I could I would have devoured this in one sitting, to me this writing was fresh and engaging.

We are introduced to the magical world of genies by Taffi causing mischief on Liana’s dad Jamieson (These are not your friendly blue genies like in Aladdin). Taffi is an Ifirit genie, the bad kind. The ones where the world should be at their feet for them and do their bidding. However, things change for him when he realises that Liana can see him, something she should not be able to do.

The author tackles the subject of schizophrenia, first by Liana’s mother having been “diagnosed” with it because they thought she was crazy as she could see things and because of the dreams she had. Now, Liana going through the same struggle, seeing things that are not there, seeing the same doctor and being told to take the same tablets. She isn’t crazy, the things she sees are real, all through the actions of Dahlia showing Liana all that has happened.

Dahlia’s purpose is to grant three wishes to Liana, so she projects her past on Liana as a cry for help and an understanding of what has happened and who needs to be stopped. More so this purpose is driven by an unknown connection between the two which we discover later on. Plus the first wish that Liana wished was just so cute and normal, I adored it.

Like normal when reading books, I end up shouting out loud at the book, as if it can hear me and change the story already written. Scenes with Liana had me shouting at her, a scene on a boat with a young boy and an old man had me shouting (a lot of shouting going on here!)….so I did feel foolish when she turned out to be correct *facepalm* which is generally unheard of for the character to be right. Normally, the reader is correct so I liked the shift in this perspective and it put me in my place! Just shut and read, please!

It has a Romeo and Juliet feel in this book with Liana and Taffi, being on opposite sides of the tribes but still trying to find a way to reach other. You have the theme of redemption with Taff. He is struggling with who he is meant to be, the Ifrit genie but through his growing love for Liana, he tries to redeem himself with what he has done because failure in her eyes is not an option. However, this is not the main focal point of the book, and it is even described in a way of being so innocent, making it so much more endearing.

There best be more books to come on this story, I need to know what happens next!! I completely adored this book and it was like the magic of the genies I was drawn into it……….

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987 reviews36 followers
July 16, 2018
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.
Profile Image for Tonja Drecker.
Author 3 books191 followers
October 10, 2017
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 enemy's son.

After reading the blurb, I was looking forward to reading this one and was not disappointed. This book isn't only about the fantastical world of genies and granting wishes, but hits a more emotional level as well. It starts with two stories: that of Liana and that of Dahlia. They both come from very different worlds, have very different backgrounds, and yet discover a way to connect. The tale switches alternately between the two, beginning with two threads and, as the book continues, slowly weaves the two closer together until they meet for one wonderful, exciting ending.

The book holds a steady pace, never drifting into long-winded explanations or descriptions. Every scene sits and carries the action along. It's not always high-tension, but it's still grabbing and makes this a tale hard to put down. It's easy to get lost in Liana and Dahlia, and sympathize with them. The other characters do not share this same depth and come across shallow. But this doesn't disrupt the flow.

There is a lovely romance, which adds a nice amount of warmth and interesting twists, but it never overtakes the main plot or comes across cliche. It's appropriate for even the younger end of the YA audience, but then the entire read will work for more gentle readers too without losing the excitement fantasy friends enjoy.

Summed up, this is a refreshing twist on genies, which YA fantasy friends are sure to enjoy and even see a bit of themselves in the characters.

I received a complimentary copy and found this to be such an engaging read that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
Profile Image for Angela Thompson.
408 reviews10 followers
October 13, 2017
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 shifts in the story. The author's writing style builds his fantasy world with chapters alternating between Dahlia (as recollections from the past) and Liana (in the present). It took me a few chapters to settle into this flow. Then, only a few chapters later, there was a sudden shift in the storyline, and we were off on a full-blown adventure. That first sudden shift set the stage for the remainder of the book--but, I was hit with a lot of new things quite suddenly. The next major shift nearly made me set the book aside. Again--the second sudden twist was necessary to the book, and the reasoning and logic unfolded over the remaining chapters. It was just a sudden, unexpected shift that didn't seem to fit my vision of the book. Having said that; the author did a great job moving the story beyond each twist and pulling the reader back into the context.

Would I recommend Tribal Affairs by Matt Dallman? I did enjoy this book--and the author was able to keep my attention through to the very end. I did have a few, "What just happened?" moments--but, the author pulled me through those very well as he progressed the story. The book is a quick, easy read with a lot of elements happening at once bridging the human world and the genie world. Readers will find some reality along with the fantasy in this book--yet some things seemed to catch the reader by surprise. I would recommend it to readers who prefer more clean fantasy novels and fans of young adult fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the author or publisher. All opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Meagan Myhren-Bennett.
Author 14 books27 followers
October 9, 2017
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 and everything she believed was true. Soon she finds herself caught up in a centuries-old conflict between two powerful tribes of genies. And Liana's only hope of understanding exactly what is happening to her lies with a young genie who is partially responsible for the whole mess she now finds herself in.

But can Liana trust Taffi with her life and her heart? Or will he prove a true son of his father and an enemy to Liana and her family?

But this is more than Liana's story as Dahlia's story is told as well. Who is Dahlia you ask. She is the genie that has been trapped within the locket which Liana is wearing. And Liana and Dahlia's stories are told in an alternating fashion until they come together in a climactic conclusion.

If you are a fan of fantasy and like it clean this is a book you'll want to pick up and enjoy. Though marketed to the YA reader I feel any fantasy fan 13 or 14 and up will enjoy this book. The pacing doesn't drag and the action and danger is a steadily building force throughout. And the author's ability to draw all these threads together comes to a satisfying story that ends in a way so that the reader is not left with any unanswered questions.

I was provided a review copy of this book by the author with no expectations of a positive review ~ All opinions expressed are my own.
Profile Image for Jeremy Gallen.
651 reviews3 followers
October 24, 2017
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 influence over Liana’s dreams.

Liana is still a student in grade school, with a few classmates pranking a slide presentation by including pictures of her father’s failed performance. She is a troubled pupil, under the care of a psychiatrist named Dr. Rattner, who suggests medicating her. Liana quickly finds herself thrust into a fantastical world inhabited chiefly by genies, with one named Stefan serving as something of an antagonist later on. The author divides genies into a few tribes, such as the Marid and Ifrits in a reflection of real-life djinn mythos that adds well to the narrative.

Liana and a friendly genie, Taffi, male, set off on a ship called The Drunken Maiden, with Liana urged to keep control of her supernatural abilities, and while the action isn’t exactly on an epic scale, there is some revelation towards the end, such as who exactly is narrating the story, which accounts for an overall satisfying yarn. There are some derivative aspects such as an apparent inspiration by the Star Wars franchise, and the author does err in mentioning witch burnings regarding the Salem Witch Trials (where no alleged magicians were incinerated), but the book is otherwise recommended.
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