The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

August 29, 2017
Book Review, F.C. Yee, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, InToriLexPublished By: Amulet Books on August 8, 2017
Format Read: Advanced Readers Copy (310 pages)
Genre: Young Adult/ Fantasy/Mythology
Series:  Standalone
Source: Shelf Awareness Giveaway
Rating: FOUR POINT FIVE STARS
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo
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The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo's every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.

Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.

Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…

VERDICT:

REVIEW:

This book was so much fun to read. If I'm speaking in terms of dinner courses, this reads like fried ice cream. The characters are likeable and the humor is memorable. Genie Lo is a formidable force who tries to fight monsters from hell, while crafting herself into a competitive college student. Her character is head strong in a brutish but relateable way. I could only imagine how I would react to learning I have super powers. Quentin is a friend who is full of surprises and a great guide for Genie about how to navigate this new life that crosses worldly dimensions. It was a pleasure to read about a female protagonist who was unapologetically bad ass.
"I'm going to rip his balls off and shove them in his eye sockets."
The author does a great job of describing characters and developing them quickly. The only criticism I have of this short but satisfying book is a lack of world building. The book did fit in action, humor, Chinese mythology and even some romance. But I really wanted to learn more about the leaders and major players described in caring for Heaven and Hell. The pacing was great and every detail helped move the story and kept my face stuck to the book. I liked the focus on the Asian Community and their unique experiences.There are far too few books that focus on marginalized communities, and this was a great one.

This books ending made me hopeful for more action packed adventures where characters cross Heaven and Hell. The mythology described never read like exposition but was presented well as integral part of Genies adventures. The powers and action described stretched my imagination in ways like never before. I would recommend this to fans of Young Adult action packed fantasy, featuring diverse characters. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

F.C. Yee is currently the author of THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO. He will hopefully be the author of more YA books in the future.

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