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The Iron Will of Genie Lo

(The Epic Crush of Genie Lo #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  45 reviews
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 bestselling 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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 14th 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
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 trying to sleep
Librarian: what are you doing here?
julianna ➹
Feb 01, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.'

Belinda (TheBookBuddies)
Marta Cox
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Samantha (WLABB)
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
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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  ·  review of another edition
(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.
i'm here i'm ready i'm WAITING HELLO?
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michelle (magical reads)
4.25 stars

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**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.
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
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
*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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cbr11, netgalley, fantasy
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,
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,
Erin Boyington
There are some characters who immediately endear themselves to me. Ever since I learned about him thanks to Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese, the Monkey King has been one of those. Which, duh, there's a reason that Journey to the West is one of the best-loved epics in the world. Genie Lo, on the other hand, is a fully modern character who turns out to be a near-perfect counterpoint to this iteration of Sun Wukong, aka Quentin.

She's absurdly tall and stretchier than Mr. Fantastic. She's
Karen Parisot
Genie Lo is a senior in high school thinking of the future. She is a star volleyball player and has a boyfriend named Quentin. Genie is human but has been gifted with god-like powers. As Shouhushen she’s responsible for all the demon spirits living on Earth. Her boyfriend is Sun Wukong the Monkey King and Genie is the reincarnation of a renowned weapon once owned by him. Between dealing with demon issues, trying to figure out her academic future and worrying about her parents she pretty much has ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A DELIGHT. Did I love it as much as The Epic Crush of Genie Lo? No, not quite -- it's hard to hit that level of magic in a sequel, where you're trying to expand a universe instead of just introducing it. But Genie's voice is still pitch-perfect, her worries about college and her family oh-so-relatable, and her determination to cut through all the bullshit and promote the best candidate for the job refreshing. I didn't love the drama introduced by unsettling her relationship with Quentin, but I ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kenzie Cooper
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sequels can be tricky, but The Iron Will of Genie Lo delivered. In fact, it might be better. This book opened the narrative arcs to include more persons of interest in a way that helped build the world and the characters inside it. Unlike its predecessor, this book took a more introspective approach. This shift allowed more relatability to the characters and a stranger pull for the readership, imo.

This story reified Genie's humanness. Her relationship, her college experiences, and her deepening
I got a ARC ebook version of this book from Edelweiss. I LOVED the first book in this series so I jumped at the chance to read the sequel. But I was sadly kinda disappointed with it. There wasn't really any action until half way into the book, which for a sequel was surprising. Also, what I loved about the first book was the banter between Genie and Quentin. It literally made me laugh out loud on several occasions when I listened to it in my car. This one didn't really have that, Genie and ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely worth the wait and, like all the best stories, it left me wanting more of this world and these characters. And, although Yee claims this is a duology, he kindly left space for more adventures with Genie and Quentin and Yunie and Guanyin, though such adventures would have to move from the realm of YA to adult Fantasy.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
An thrilling adventure of epic proportions. This story had everything I could have ever asked for. Mythical dieties, incredible adventures, supernatural beings, and the tough decisions we all have to inevitably make about our futures. Although our problems probably have less gods and demons in them. I truly hope this series continues even though it ended perfectly as Yee wrote it.
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