Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!
Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.
To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny.
Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.
For our blog tour post, we are VERY excited to have Azra visiting us today with a fun essay. Hope you enjoy getting to know Azra a little more!
At the start of the summer, if you’d asked me to predict what would be in this “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” essay, I’ve have been wrong. Every word I’d have put down would have been pure fiction.
Better than the truth? Maybe. In some ways. It wouldn’t have seen me here, in this bedroom, breathing in the heavy air of sorrow and staring at walls that are not my own. It wouldn’t have seen me missing my best friend’s birthday. But it also wouldn’t have seen me finding my best friend.
How many pros does it take to balance out a con? I guess it depends on the size of the con. Or the pro.
Laila, Henry, Nate, Chelsea, my mother, Samara, they are all a part of how I spent my summer vacation. The Afrit played a role too. That I knew. That’s the only thing I was right about.
That the Afrit would worm their way up through their underground lair and take over my life. That my every action and reaction would be because of them. I never wanted this. I never wanted to become a Jinn.
But I have.
And what I’m going to have to do means I always will be.
But because of “How I Spent my Summer Vacation,” I’ve also become something more: a friend, a daughter, a Zar sister. And I always will be.
Here, the trick — because when genies are involved, there’s always a trick – is to figure out how to be all of them at the same time.
But that’s a topic for another essay. Do humans write “How I Spent my Fall” essays?
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