REVIEW: Djinn by Sang Kromah

From Goodreads:
Some believe that at birth, we’re each born with a guardian attached to us, watching from afar, but never seen. Truth is, there are certain people, special people, born of this world and of the other, who need that extra protection. They go their entire lives, unaware of the other world, and unaware of the existence of their own personal watcher, watching from afar. But what happens when fate takes a turn for the worse, and The One who needs the aid of a watcher most can’t be found to be protected?
Bijou Fitzroy is strange. With the unwanted gift of being an empath, she has spent her entire life as a sheltered recluse, homeschooled by her secretive and overprotective grandmother, who never allows them to stay in one place long enough for Bijou to settle and make friends. When Bijou and her grandmother move to Sykesville and she starts to attend the local high school, Bijou’s world begins to crumble. Town locals begin to disappear and the creatures from her nightmares begin to take shape in her reality. She finds herself at the center of a war she never knew was being fought all around her.

*I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Review

I started this book and I was instantly hooked. It has such a typical Young Adult feel to it that I actually felt quite nostalgic reading it despite the fact I had never read it. I finished this book in 2 sittings, it was quite addictive. There were so many twists and turns and every-time I tried to predict what was going to happen I got it wrong, which I loved.

I really enjoyed the mystery around Bijou. She was a great main character, I enjoyed seeing her annoyed if I’m honest, she can be feisty when she wants to. I wanted to know everything about her; why she was able to feel the feelings of those around her was my main question.

Another thing I loved was that throughout I didn’t know who could be trusted, that left me on edge throughout. I didn’t even know if Bijou’s closest friends could be trusted. The other characters in this book were well developed. It didn’t feel like Bijou was the only developed character, which I really appreciated.

Kromah did a fabulous job of mixing folklore with modern culture, the two just flowed together so effortlessly. I enjoyed learning about the Djinn, something I knew very little about beforehand. Her writing style was flowing and easy to follow. I also greatly appreciated the Buffy references, being a huge fan myself.

I thoroughly enjoyed Djinn and I think I’ll be re-reading it in the future.

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