Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.
But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid in class who becomes Genie’s self-appointed guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student with an oddly formal command of the English language, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate—right down to the furry tale and penchant for peaches.
Suddenly, acing the SATs is the least of Genie’s worries. The fates of her friends, family, and the entire Bay Area all depend on her summoning an inner power that Quentin assures her is strong enough to level the very gates of Heaven. But every second Genie spends tapping into the secret of her true nature is a second in which the lives of her loved ones hang in the balance.
My Rating: ★★★★ – 4 stars
Welp. Nothing like having your personhood denied in the morning to start off the day right.
After attempting to start this review many different ways, and deleting every single one of them, I’m going to start this with the only way I seem to be capable of:
*claps very loudly*
I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. In fact, I expected to be kept vaguely interested throughout the story, but not really get involved in it.
gino;sfeifvnkashljfrn so I bought this book without looking in it, so when I finally opened it and saw it was told in a multi-media format, my groan could be heard in Africa. Yeah. People looked at me weirdly, but I was too busy getting prepared to be let down to be self-conscious because I hate books told like this.
And I ended up liking this a lot???
This story is told through documents gathered by the Illuminae group and sent to Executive Director Frobisher (of Beitech). And it features exes Kady Grant and Ezra Mason, who have to flee their planet on the day they break up with each other. Weirdly enough, I was laughing by the first twenty pages, which I took as a good sign – maybe this book wouldn’t be so bad. I thought maybe it’d be a light, fluffy read.
This book flew by way too quickly (like summer – hehe, get it?). It’s actually pretty short, under three-hundred pages. And, I will admit – that’s the reason I picked it up. I was going through a reading slump and page counts started scaring me, so when I saw this at the library, I just picked it up. I figured, Why not? I can do this. It’s short.
I can honestly say that I did not expect that ending. Because whoa. Until the very end, about like ten pages to the big revelation, things started coming together and I finally figured it out. But Mr. Hercule Poirot was just like “I’ve actually known for quite some time loser.
The book featured a boy named Nick as the main character. He and his best friend Marta get suspicious after their Biology teacher – Bunny Starch – goes missing and the principal tries to tell everyone that she had a “family emergency”.