Review Pen: Once Upon A Genie by Durriya Kapasi

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Book– Once Upon A Genie
Author– Durriya Kapasi
Previous Works– Debut Novel
Author Contact– fb.com/durriyakapasi
Publishers– Half Baked Beans
ISBN-13– 978-9384315702
Number of Pages– 182

Blurb
Daisy had no idea what was in store for her when she uncovered the priceless reward concealed in a miscellaneous bottle; a super sexy genie that would pull the rugs below her feet. Khalil Muwahid, the genie owed Daisy his gratitude for freeing him from the trap. He generously asked her for three wishes without holding any grudges against her. Gradually there was a strong connection between them, the bond of love. Also, the rules of Djinn world were amended for their love, where Daisy wasn’t supposed to ask for the third wish since they could be together, everlastingly. BUT on the horns of Dilemma, Darren, Daisy’s best friend’s life was at threat. Does she use the last wish to save Darren? Or does she save her love?

Review
The loss of her grandmother opens an entrance in Daisy’s life for a genie. Enters Khalil Bin Muwahid, hot as compared to the hell fire and filled with gratitude on being freed, he grants Daisy three wishes.
The eye finds it’s candy and the heart finds it’s lover and Daisy falls for the dominating and gorgeous being descended to provide a shoulder to her tiring life.
Daisy slips out a wish by mistake and that sets them on a tiny journey away from the human world where she learns the ways of the Djinns .
The more time she spends with him, the more he dwells in her mind , making her worry about the fact that a human and a Djinn cannot be together.
With the second wish granted and the last wish remaining, Daisy’s best friend Darren struggles for life in a hospital bed. Making it a tough decision for Daisy whether to choose friendship or love, for the genie would have to leave after all the three wishes are asked for.

Once upon a genie is a pure chicklit and surely appeals to the target audience.
The plot is unique among Indian authors and is fast paced, thus giving a lot of content to read in just 182 pages.
The author Durriya Kapasi has done a great job at the storytelling as it’s a chicklit and requires some description in order to make it demanding among the young ladies who would be cribbing for some romance and the author has excelled at providing it.

If a person ever had a taste for fan fictions, this book is gonna leave them blushing for sure.

I loved the way the book ends giving the hint for a sequel which probably has some genie world action. (That’s what I dreadfully hope.)

Grammer Nazis are gonna love this book, it just has two printing errors ( including the double printing of about 12-18 pages).

The cover is classy along with the blurb that is informative as it could be and that’s the kind of blurb that helps people at having a clear sight of whether they want the book or not.

Ratings-
Cover- 4 out of 5 stars
Title- 4 out of 5 stars
Blurb- 4 out of 5 stars
Plot- 3 out of 5 stars
Writing and Presentation- 3.5 out of 5 stars
Overall rating- 3.7 out of 5 stars

The book aims at a particular section of age so it might not be enjoyed by everyone who reads it. So if you love chicklits, Once Upon A Genie is THE book for you.

I expected a bit more of magical description of the Djinn land than given.

There were a few places which needed a bit of description in order to avoid confusion, for example, everyone knew that Daisy’s grandmother was a good witch but that couldn’t be something that a reader can accept without any revelation on her past.

Reviewed By– Banaja Prakashini

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