For 2/3 of this book I was planning on giving it 4 stars, however when we hit the last third all of the things that had bothered me in the first part now became worse and by the time I had finished it had lost 2 stars.
So what was wrong?
Well the genie concept was interesting but strangely enough this was never really explored. Alexander didn’t ever explain how the genies grant wishes or how they managed to get from one place to another without arousing suspicion when they teleported. It was never explained what would happen if people were told that genies exist; it wasn’t detailed how much time passes in the real world when genies are called to do their duty and how do they explain their absences to the real world.
It felt to me that whenever Alexander needed to move the plot forward, details would get overlooked. Like, how did the suspect actually find out they were on to him/her (I don’t want to give it away so I won’t go into details). It came to the point where the penny was just dropping for some of the characters and then boom it was all over bar the shouting. The reason for the set up was also never explained in full so I ended up pretty confused by it all.
Another thing that did really irritate me was the relationships between the main family members. The protagonist, Jen is 17 in the book but her parents spoke to her and treated her like she was about 10, telling her she had to be in by 7.30pm and getting involved in brother/sister squabbles like they were life or death arguments. The mother was unnecessarily cagey about her work but again it seemed that the author used that caginess to gloss over plot points that hadn’t been fully planned out before the actual writing commenced.
I can imagine that you are wondering if I actually liked anything in the book.. yes i did. I like the easy style of writing that Ms Alexander has. The story gets going straight away and pulls you along with it. I do think that the genie aspect was such a promising avenue to explore and with a little more planning the story could have really taken off.
Juli Alexander is by no means a bad writer and I certainly wouldn’t judge her by this piece of work alone.
~This work has also been known under the title Karma Beat~
I was pretty excited when this book turned up in a tote at work and quickly grabbed a copy. It went on my huge ‘to read’ pile but was destined to be read sooner rather than later. So, when its turn came I snuggled down in my bed and started the first Stephen King book I’ve read in years.
Unfortunately I was quickly disappointed as I really wasn’t particularly enamoured by this book. Knowing that Stephen king has moved on from horror I was quite excited to read this new book. It was billed as a crime/ghost story and I suppose it was but I found it more of a coming of age tale, the crime and ghost bits just being second to the main story about the primary character, Dev and his relationship with a sick boy and his mother.
Having says that, Stephen King always writes well and I quite enjoyed the tale.
Is it up to his previous standard? No
Would I read future books of his? Of course, it is Stephen king after all.