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The Iron Will of Genie Lo

(The Epic Crush of Genie Lo #2)

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The fate of the heavens is at stake in this hilarious and highly-anticipated sequel to the The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, from the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi

Genie Lo thought she was busy last year, juggling her academic career with protecting the Bay Area from demons. But now, as the Heaven-appointed Guar
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Amulet Books
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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
THIS WAS PERFECT. PERFECT. January 2020 is going to be EPIC.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo was my favourite book in 2017 and I think... I think I love the sequel just as much. If not more.

This was such an amazing sequel and I'm SO SAD THAT GENIE'S STORY HAS COME TO AN END BUT... I'm okay. You're going to be okay. Iron Will ends on such a hopeful note and is one of my favourite series endings ever -- because it just fit Genie's story and her journey so well.

My full review is now available on my blo
Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon
Two years

That's how long I waited for this book.

22 months to be more exact.

And at long last, it is here, it sits on my bookshelf right now. I'm looking at it as it sits right next to the first book.

Was it worth the wait?

Mostly, yes.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo was one of my favorite books of 2018. Although this likely won't be a favorite of 2020, it was still a wild ride with salty gods and badassary. It was so nice to finally be back with these characters and this world and to finally get the clo
julianna ➹
Feb 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: everybody that's not may
Recommended to julianna ➹ by: everybody that read it basically
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
I completely and utterly fell in love with The Epic Crush Of Genie Lo when it came out and gave it what I believed to be a well deserved 5 stars so you can imagine how excited I was when I heard that F. C. Yee was going to be writing a sequel and the thought of a series really got my blood pumping. Epic Crush was an outstanding and fresh contemporary take on the ancient Monkey King legend and I could definitely see all the potential the book had to become a brilliant ongoing series if it carried ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
This concludes the story started in the Epic Crush of Genie Lo, and does so brilliantly.

Genie is now the Shouhushen of the Kingdom of California, and responsible for hordes of demons now living on Earth. Guanyin and Quentin help, but when the Jade Emperor himself goes missing in the face of a new supernatural danger from across the planes of existence, they all get drawn into a mission of immortals to save the universe.

This is an amazing conclusion to Genie's story. Her approach to problem-solvi
Feb 19, 2018 marked it as anti-library
Shelves: arcs
Can't believe I got approved for this within an hour of requesting, truly unprecedented 😭




' will be about Genie’s development as a leader in the supernatural world. It’ll touch upon her realization that ugh, everyone from book one is sticking around in her life, and she’s got to adjust her long-term plans to deal with that. Also, there’s more Yunie.'

Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
The Iron Will of Genie Lo Pits Herself Against a Mysterious Demon Qi… and a Nearby College?!

Anyone who’s read The Epic Crush of Genie Lo surely wanted a chance to return to Genie and Quentin’s demon stuffed San Francisco. It was a wonderful modern twist on Chinese mythology. And I was super excited to see what trouble these gods got into in the duology, The Iron Will of Genie Lo. Sometimes we can be shocked by a character’s sacrifice.

Did this Fangirl get swept away by The Iron Will of Genie Lo?
Marta Cox
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
What I really liked about this sequel to The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is the simple fact that she’s shown as human with college worries, true friendship and a family that she loves. What I struggled with was her relationship with Quentin as because as much as I wanted to like him there were times I was left rolling my eyes. Perhaps I expected too much from this book with its nod to Asian legends of Sun Wukong but honestly this Monkey King is far too juvenile and boisterous for my liking. Genie is ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading the first book I was really excited for the second. Unlike the first book which had a more clear, singular hero’s story arc, the second book has multiple overarching arcs that I wish were more fleshed out. The first half and second half could have been two different parts. Things like Genie’s duty as Shoushen could have had more substance to it. I’m pretty sure this is the last installment, but I would have liked to see more of the characters. Much like the first, I enjoyed this bo ...more
Belinda (TheBookBuddies)
Jan 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
I received this book from Amulet/Abrams & Chronicle in exchange for an honest review.

Genie Lo has just become the new Guardian of California, appointed by the Jade Emperor himself and now on top of deciding where she wants to go to college, and what exactly she wants to do with her life, she needs to babysit a bunch of Chinese demons called yaoguai stuck on earth and under her control. But even more evil is coming her way, and Genie may have to team up again with her boyfriend Quentin aka the Mo
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I could read one million more books in the series. Genie's voice is top notch, I love her to bits ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
I adored the first book. I adore this book!

If you're in the mood for a short, quick read with lovable and genuine characters, an interesting and unique plot complete with Asian legends, laugh-out-loud humor on every page, and a completely perfect ending to the series, you should read these two books!

That ending was perfect! I love how much Genie grows throughout both books. I especially loved the romance and relationship growth that happened in this book. This book has really readable writing wi
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog.

Rep: Chinese American mcs

Galley provided by publisher

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is one of the most criminally underrated YA books of the past few years, so it stands to reason that this book will become criminally underrated too. Do not let it. Just sit down and read this series right now because, if you haven’t, you’re missing out. If you like Rick Riordan’s books, and any of the books in his imprint, this will be right up your alley.

Okay, that’s done. Onto the actual review.

Samantha (WLABB)
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diverse, arcs, ya, fantasy
Rating: 4.5 Stars

This was bittersweet for me, as it was an ending, but I will say, it was a fantastic send off for a character, who had wiggled her way into my heart.

I fell in love with Genie in her previous book, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. There was just something about her humor and her wit, and the way she saw and interpreted the world. I loved her ambition and her drive, and she spoke my native language, sarcasm, fluently. She was strong and fierce, and the way she sought to uphold her duty
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wasn’t quite as funny as the first book but it was just as good. More from this author please!
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Iron Will of Genie Lo is a sequel that examines responsibility and being a leader. Faced with more decisions and pressure than before, Genie has to figure out how she can balance her own dreams of the future and her new life. While Genie Lo has plenty of introspection about her own identity, especially as she's faced with the prospect of college, there's also plenty of action.
my only real complaint from book one, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo was having too little of yunie and genie's friendship. this time, the relationships between genie and other women (both peers and mentors) were everything i could ask for. yes, genie still remains herself and wants to do things independently to protect others, but she's learning how to lean on others and what sister relationships might look like. it made me tear up, not gonna lie.

the payoff we get in iron will cannot be unders
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
i loved this so much
it is so underrated
read it you cowards!!!

okay this is my worst haiku no contest. however, this book is the opposite of my haiku because it's SO GOOD. seriously, the genie lo duology is criminally underrated. i love the writing and the books are also very hilarious. many bookdragons need to pick this duology up.

i liked this book more than the first one because the stakes are higher and i think the execution of the plot is better. i also loved seeing how genie and quentin's r
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
More like 3.5 half stars. The Iron Will or Genie Lo is a pretty good sequel to a really interesting and unique fantasy based on Chinese mythology.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book. I’m definitely a fan of Genie. She’s tough and snarky. Plus as a fellow tall woman, I have to respect her for being a relatable heroine. But the thing I liked most about Genie is she walks this great line between being a reluctant hero and being ready to take on anything and anyone to protect those she love
An action-packed, funny, poignant and wonderful finish to Genie's story.
There are countless problems in Genie's life: 1) a whole host of demons she's trying to keep corralled on Earth and relatively content, 2) where to go to university, 3) how to pay for university, and 4) an unexpected and frightening situation in her family. How Genie deals with everything, including a newly strained relationship with Quentin, is great to watch.
Because this is Genie, she gets to punch some of her problems.
Lauren Stoolfire
Genie Lo thought she was busy protecting the Bay Area from demons. But now, as a Heaven- appointed Guardian, even the well-being of demons is her responsibility—and their numbers are multiplying. Guanyin and Quentin are doing their best to help; but what they really need is for the Jade Emperor to get off his butt and deal with the crisis. While he’s AWOL, Genie nominates Guanyin to fill in his shoes, unaware that the role will go to the god who can defeat a mysterious threat to the supernatural ...more
Feb 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
i'm here i'm ready i'm WAITING HELLO? ...more
The Iron Will of Genie Lo was a wonderful follow up novel! It was filled with plenty of action and adventure as well as a few coming of age elements. This is a duology that I would highly recommend!
michelle (magical reads)
4.25 stars

read on my blog

**I received an ARC from Netgalley and Edelweiss. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**

“Can we just go?” I said weakly. “Through the rift or whatever? I can only deal with so much. I don’t think I want to be on this plane of existence right now.”

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo was one of my favorite reads of 2017, and I was eagerly awaiting the sequel! You know I hit that request button as soon as it went up on Edelweiss/Netgalle
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


The Iron Will of Genie Lo, by author F.C. Lee, is the second and apparent final installment in the authors The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. The story begins right where the first installment ended. The story follows Genie Lo who recently learned that she's the reincarnation of a powerful celestial weapon called Ruyi Jingu Bang which appeared in the story Journey to the West featuring Sun Wukong aka Monkey King who now goes by Quen
Apr 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
JAN 14 2019

Great sequel to the first book, though I was surprised how little it focused on Genie’s guardian duties.

This book basically goes over a competition among the god since the throne of heaven is up for grabs, so how could that not be thrilling to watch?

Genie and Quentin are dating in this book, which is one of my favorite elements of this series, since they have such a cute relationship, and actually, my biggest problem with this book is how scarce their interactions were

In the beginni
Kristy Mauna
Fans of F.C. Yee’s debut novel, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, will happily be reunited with Genie as this loved series comes to an epic conclusion.

"The cosmos did not tilt toward justice. The good and the decent did not prevail. The Universe would throw chance after chance at the unworthy until the capitalized on it and stole everything from the rest of us."

It’s been a few years since readers have been with Genie and her friends so it took awhile to get reacquainted with this world. After a co
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tbh, I'm not sure how to feel about this book, I liked it overall, but there were kind of major things that annoyed me.

1. Genie and Quentin's relationship was practically non-existent. The reason Epic Crush was so fun was because of the constant banter. It was silly and hilarious and made me absolutely love the first book. It almost felt like the author either didn't know how to handle a new dynamic or didn't want to focus too much on the relationship, so he did was authors love to do to newly c
Rich in Color
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
First up, if you haven’t read The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (review here), do that first. It’s absolutely a must-read for fantasy fans, especially if you’re also an Asian American superfan of Monkey King like me. And for extra reading, check out our interview with F.C. Yee back in 2017!

Now, let’s get down to business (cue the Mulan track!)… The Iron Will of Genie Lo is the equally epic sequel to The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. Genie Lo is still saving the world, and specifically the Bay Area, from demo
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