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Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite
The Djinn by Alexis Tiger sees twins Patrick and Brook take possession of a home they have inherited from their grandmother. When they find a golden lamp, they joke about genies. Rubbing the lamp produces a beautiful young woman who responds to the name Elena. Patrick bemusedly wishes she would be his girlfriend. A thrilled and liberated Elena magically cleans and furnishes the house. Everything seems perfect, except that she has a jealous streak. Former female friends are mutilated and a severed finger turns up in Brook’s room. The scary incidents continue and Brook’s qualms escalate. Will Elena turn her anger against Patrick’s sister and their new friend Zel?
The Djinn by Alexis Tiger is a wish-fulfillment story of novella length with dark, threatening elements. I liked the way Brook tried to warn her brother Patrick, who was unaware of the carnage he was provoking. It was chilling and horrifying to see a magical being resort to physical murder. The genie could easily have sent rival females to the other side of the world, or simply made them forget all about Patrick, but instead, she took a violent, hands-on approach. It was a relief to discover newcomer Zel was competent and powerful in her own way. I liked the role that mobile phones, televisions, and news reports played in the story. The style was clear and easy to read, with humorous dialogue and exchanges between the siblings to lighten the tone. The book mixed magic and supernatural slasher elements to form a frightening young adult thrill fest.