Review: Smokeless Fire by Samantha Young

Smokeless Fire by Samantha Young
  • Pub. Date: October 19, 2011
  • Publisher:Self Published
  • Pages:357
  • Series: Fire Spirits #1
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When eighteen year old Ari Johnson is transported from her bedroom into the chilling realm of Mount Qaf - home to the terrifying and mercurial Jinn - she learns a truth that rocks her very world. Suddenly her anxiety over college and her broken friendship with Charlie seem like small change compared to the war she now finds herself stuck in the middle of. Her unease isn’t lessened any by the hot guardian, Jai, who won’t stop following her around everywhere - a Jinn whose loyalty Ari hates to question but must. She has no idea who she can trust.

When the truth burns through her life in its determination to turn it to ashes, Ari will have to battle with ancient deadly creatures, epic family drama and heart-wrenching romantic entanglements.

First Line: Her eyes attempted to overcome him.

ReviewI was really interested to read Smokeless Fire one being that it's written by Samantha Young who's stories I have come to love and two it's about Jinn's. Not to many paranormal books that involve them so I was excited to get pulled into their world which is so different from the typical angels, vampires, demons, zombies and so on that I've been reading about.

Ari is your average high schooler, she's not sure about what she wants to really do, has a friend named Charlie who is her best friend but their relationship has been strained ever since his little brother was killed and his been off into drugs and hanging around the wrong group of people, and she has a father who is not the best father in the world. Then on her eighteenth birthday she ends up being thrown into a different realm, Mount Qaf where she meets her real father the White King and discovers that she is a full blooded Jinn and not just any Jinn she is the Seal the only being that can control any Jinn including the most powerful one Azazil the father of all the Jinn Kings.

Ari was for the most part likable  she is at first in denial and doesn't want anything to do with her real heritage but having the swoon worthy Jai Bitar her 24/7 guardian around doesn't help. At times I found her a little annoying because I just wanted her to get over it and embrace who she is especially after being told how important she is to the balance of things. And she is constantly chasing after Charlie who yes you do feel sorry for but he wasn't that great of a friend to her for two years and then he goes and does something pretty selfish.

Then there is Jai, he is not just the swoon worthy guy that just happens to be there no he has his own demons that he is battling and by far the most interesting character. He is in his twenties I believe twenty-three was the exact age and it shows. He is much more mature then Charlie and just downright bad-ass.

 Overall this was a great take on Jinn's, the ending was a little sudden so make sure to have the second book ready to go. I've already read the second in the series which i'll have a review up for soon.

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