Sep 25, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: A Tale of Two Djinns by Mina Khan (@SpiceBites) #romance #fantasy


A Tale of Two Djinns
by Mina Khan

Publication Date: April 11, 2012
Series: Standalone
Genre: Romance/Fantasy
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review

Deejay's Rating: 
Sweet, but lacking true passion

Akshay, warrior prince of the earth djinns, earns the title of Crown Prince at a high cost when he loses his best friend in a battle against ancient enemies, the water djinns. Heartsick, he escapes to Earth to mourn.

Nothing gets the biological clock ticking (and elders lecturing) like almost dying in battle, so Maya, princess of the water djinns, travels to Earth for some no-strings-attached sex to fulfill her duty and produce an heir. But the beautiful and tough warrior gets more than she bargained for when she meets Shay.

Their not-so-simple one-night stand is interrupted by assassins and the world, as they know it, is changed forever. As Maya and Shay pull together to survive, both are determined to have their happily-ever-after and bring peace to their worlds — warring families, shadow assassins, and nosy busybodies be damned.(Goodreads)

This book was a very fast read for me. Initially, I was intrigued by the concept of elemental Djinns and how there were different types of them, water and earth mainly. They are enemies of each other and both want to wipe the other off the face of the universe.

This book is very much a Romeo and Juliet story, as the couple involved are each from one of the opposing families. Maya, the headstrong Water Djinn princess, is just looking for a bit of fun when she meets Akshay, the determined Earth Djinn prince, in the Earth realm. They don’t find out each other’s true identity until it’s pretty much too late, and then they have to fight to stay together.

This book got 3 stars, mainly because of the Insta-Love. They fell madly in love in days and that’s just not believable in my eyes. As I said, it’s a Romeo and Juliet story so I understand the sort of love at first glance thing. Doesn’t mean I like it. And the blend of this sort of ancient propriety and modern manner was strange at times. I mean, they rode horses and used swords, and seemingly lived a rather “primitive” lifestyle. Yet, I found bits of modern technology in the Djinn realms just thrown in whenever it seemed convenient to do so and that was weird for me. This also resonated in their speech. One moment they’re speaking in such an archaic way, then the next, they’re all modern talk. But they’re Djinn and can change their appearances and such, so maybe that was the reason for that.

The positives were the world-building and the characters. I liked Maya and Shay and found them to be well-suited to each other. But are quite stubborn and strong-willed, which created just the right amount of tension between them...and their families. Again, I wish their love hadn’t been so rushed, but it was sweet nevertheless. The author did a good job of providing imagery of the realms they lived in and how they were all connected together. So for the most part, this was a strong aspect.

Overall, a decent read. I’d recommend this book to romance lovers who enjoy love that comes fast and hard. Don’t expect an all-consuming romance, but you can expect a sweet one.

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