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The Iron Will of Genie Lo

(The Epic Crush of Genie Lo #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  73 reviews
The fate of the heavens is at stake in this hilarious and highly-anticipated sequel to the The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

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
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
Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon

That ending was beautiful ಠ_ಥ

Update April 2019
At long last, there is a cover, synopsis, and release date, I have waited well over a year for this. I don't like that the cover doesn't really matched book one but I figured they would change it so the prophecy has been fulfilled. Also the wait will be long and hard but I can survive!

Prereview March 2018
Librarian: *opens up library in the morning to find me sleeping in the YA section*screams*starts dialing 911*
Me: shhhhh! I'm
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
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.'

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
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
Belinda (TheBookBuddies)
Jan 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading the first book I was really exited 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 flushed out. The first half and second half could have been two different stories. Things like Genie’s duty as Shoushen could have had more story 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 book ...more
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
Samantha (WLABB)
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
c, (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.

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.
Feb 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
i'm here i'm ready i'm WAITING HELLO?
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
mina reads™️
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/Netgalley.
*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
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
I LOVE Genie. I’ll happily read any story featuring Genie. However, this book felt a little scattered, jumping from place to place and conflict to conflict without what feels like essential important anchor (which was laid out so skillfully and hilariously in book 1): setting the scene of Genie as a somewhat unwilling, unlikely, yet exceptional and wonderfully oddball, brave but vulnerable and completely irresistible heroine, a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I felt like we needed more time in ...more
Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
**3.5 stars**
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for a free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
This was a solid sequel to Epic Crush of Genie Lo! I liked seeing the new challenges that Genie had to face. This series is really fun with the Asian mythology and snappy humor. I also really love Quentin. While the plot was slow in some parts and the ending felt off to me and with the chemistry between Genie and Quentin still not reaching
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
For perhaps the first time ever, Erlang Shen and I stared at each other with something akin to mutual understanding. There was a measure of respect in his gaze. He was looking at someone as awful and hate-filled as him. Rage was our common ground, a lack of forgiveness our shared little plot.

1. I had a lot of feelings about The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. And I do mean a lot. I'm still not over how the book is unapologetic about having a protagonist who's filled with fury. Female characters aren't
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley, cbr11
Rejected title: The Epic Rage of Genie Lo

The Iron Will of Genie Lo picks up pretty close to where we left off with Epic Crush. Genie is now the Protector of California, splitting her time between high school (where she's once again had leadership thrust upon her as captain of the volleyball team) and keeping yaoguai in check. It's a fairly tightrope that's rapidly fraying at both ends as she tries to figure out how to keep all the plates spinning without letting anyone down.

Genie is angry,
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Fans of the first of the Genie Lo books will adore this second novel in the duology. Genie has been busy doing her job keeping the demons in the Bay Area under control and settling their disputes. Meanwhile, the Jade Emperor has disappeared just as Genie finally takes some time off to visit a college campus with her best friend. As supernatural things start happening on the campus, it is up to Genie, Guanyin and Quentin to try to keep things in line. But the disappearance of the Jade Emperor has ...more
Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
4.5 stars

In terms of excitement and social themes, this is every bit as strong as Epic Crush; the characters are still delightful; the mythology gets fascinating expansions. There are satisfying twists I predicted due to fantastic foreshadowing and build-up, as well as shocking twists I didn't predict but found equally enjoyable.

But. With everything else going on, I felt as though the relationships — particularly Genie and Quentin's — were kind of perfunctory. They hit most of the right notes,
I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Life has been busy for Genie Lo, the reincarnated Ruyi Jingu Bang--the weapon of Sun Wukong (the Monkey King)--as she and Quentin (the Monkey King in question--and boyfriend) have gone from battling demons to governing over them. As the Shouhushen of the Kingdom of California on Earth, Genie has a lot on her plate. She needs a vacation. And she's looking forward to her long weekend away with her best friend, Yunie,
Summary + Thoughts: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo was one of my favorite books from 201x, and I’ve been looking forward to the sequel. Good news: if you liked the first book, you’ll like this one. In this sequel, Genie has settled into her Heaven-mandated role as Protector of California, working with Quentin the Monkey King and the Bodhisattva Guanyin to keep the demon population under control. But, she still struggles with balancing her supernatural life with ordinary high school stuff like ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Iron Will is wonderfully fast and action-packed. The plot is sufficiently twisty, keeping things interesting throughout the whole story. I loved becoming more familiar with the more prominent Chinese gods, and Yee did his readers a favor by having them interact like a family or a ragtag band of heroes. It gave me a better glimpse into their personalities, their strengths and weaknesses.

Genie was definitely herself -- angry and bullheaded and hilarious, head butting her way through the adventure
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