Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Review: I Dream of Genies

I Dream of Genies by Judi Fennell

Publication Date: January 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Magical Elements
ISBN-13: 9781402241895

(Received for review from Sourcebooks)

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Excerpt from I Dream of Genies
Book Trailer: Judi Fennell talks about her Mermaid series and her new book, I Dream of Genies

Synopsis (Book Blurb):


Matt Ewing would gladly hunt down a fortune in lucky pennies if he thought it would help save his business. But for all his hoping , Matt's clueless when his long-awaited lucky charms falls in his lap in the form of a beguiling genie. He just can't believe that this beautiful woman could be the answer to his prayers...


Spending 2,000 years in a bottle would make any woman go a little stir-crazy. So when Matt releases Eden from her luxurious captivity, she's thrilled to repay him by giving him the magical boost he needs...

But for all her good intentions, Edan's magical prowess is a little rusty and her magical mistakes become more than embarrassing. And though Eden knows falling in love will end her magic and immortality, she can't help but be drawn to the one man who wants her just for herself...


Award winning author Judi Fennell is known for her descriptive writing and extraordinary imagery. Fennell's latest novel, I Dream of Genies is no exception. The book is filled with magical places and characters that Fennell brings to life with humor, wit and the power of the mind's eye. Her descriptions of the magical city of Al-Jannah will make readers feel like they are on a magic carpet ride of a lifetime.

Eden has been cooped up in her bottle for over 2,000 years, serving a punishment for the accidental murder of a former master. Looking out the window of a Seattle antique shop every day, she spots a man that captures her interest. Matt Ewing is down on his luck. His business is about to tank due to the recession and he's at his wits end when he is practically ran over by a woman in a genie costume. Eden was inadvertently set free when a garbage truck almost crushes her bottle. Now Eden wants to repay Matt for helping her, but she has a wayward Egyptian cat, a baby dragon and a very angry vizier to deal with. Will she risk giving up her new found freedom and her magic to fall in love?

Judi Fennell has created a book with dazzling scenery and magical adventures galore, but there is also a serious romance blossoming between Matt and Eden that gives the book some serious heat. The love scenes between Eden and Matt practically sizzle off the pages. Fennell has some descriptive magic of her own that really adds to this part of the book. These two characters just can't seem to get enough of each other. Of course if you'd been in a bottle 2,000 years you might get a little hot and bothered too! I liked this aspect of the book, a lot but it could be a bit much for some readers.

The characters in the novel were well thought out and very interesting. Eden of course reminds me of all the great re-runs from the "I Dream of Jeanne" television show primarily because she's a genie and because of her little magical mishaps along the way. But, she is very determined character, who thinks she knows what she wants: Freedom. Eden's character grows significantly throughout the book and she begins to realize that there are many different kinds of freedom. Freedom from being forced to do things you don't want to do, freedom to be able to love who you want to love, freedom from your past and freedom to create your own destiny.

Matt is a great hero for a lot of reasons. He is willing to risk his life to save Eden which is admirable, but he is still unable to accept the help of a family who just wants to see him succeed. He has great loyalty, not only to Eden but to the dream he and his father shared. Matt learns a lot about freedom himself throughout the book as well. He learns that being free to make your own decisions and go your own way, doesn't mean you have to do it alone. I liked the way that Matt was able to just accept that there is magic in the world as well. He was open to the impossible which is something I wish more men were capable of.

I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the next from Judi Fennell. Character development and descriptive prowess really give this book an edge on some of the other supernatural kinds of books out there right now. Wit and humor abound in this one, as Eden gets herself and Matt into one mess after another and that gives the book a very light-hearted feel. It is pretty high on the heat meter, which in my book is a good thing!

I would recommend this one to romance lovers and even those who lean toward the paranormal. With all the magical characters I think it will satisfy both types of readers. The supporting cast from Obo, the cat, to Humphrey the dragon add a lot of pizazz to the story and some definite comic relief.

I Dream of Genies is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

Judi Fennell is an award-winning author. Her romance novels have been finalists in Gather.com's First Chapters and First Chapters Romance contests as well as the third American Title contest. She spends vacations at the Jersey Shore, the setting for some of her paranormal romance series. She lives in suburban Philadelphia, PA.


Judi Fennell said...

so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the review!

justpeachy36 said...

You're welcome, Judi! Thanks for stopping by. I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the second in this series...