Author: Erin Hayes
Series: The Cotton Candy Quintet #0.5
Publisher: Self Published
First Published: May 8, 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
All she wishes for is freedom.
After being trapped inside her bottle for so long she has forgotten her own name, a djinni is summoned by a young man who needs his wishes to come true as much as hers.
The hardest part is proving to him that she has the power to grant them. He simply has to believe her enough to ask.
I Wish I Weren’t a Djinni is your run of the mill genie story. A young man finds a lamp, he gets three wishes, and the djinni wishes to be free. It’s a pretty standard genie story that is very predictable but still manages to be sweet. There is a little humor as the genie tries to figure out 21st century life. After a while, though, it got a little tiring.
“What happens to you once I make my third wish?”
As a positive, for a young adult story with mild hints of romance, there was no instalove and I found that to be refreshing. The connection between James and the djinni felt genuine. On the negative, the story could use a second look through from an editor for some polishing, as I found mild grammatical errors.
Overall, it’s a fluffy read and not a bad sampler for this author’s paranormal series. While not my cup of tea personally, the writing is solid and no doubt would appeal to fans of young adult paranormal books. I’m not sure I’d continue the rest of this series personally, but it’s something I wouldn’t mind recommending to others.