The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin

I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited when I requested this novel. The djinn are fascinating; growing up in Abu Dhabi meant I read scores of stories about them. Getting the chance to read about them again, from stories by some of my favorite authors sounded like an amazing opportunity!

Imagine a world filled with beings that are hiding in plain sight. They are monsters, saviours, victims, and even our childhood friends. They are everywhere, in every corner of the world, in every form imaginable. They are the Djinn. They are among us.

There were quite a few stories that captured my interest. I liked that the stories were unique; you had stories that were set in olden times and ones that were more modern. The djinn in these stories were from different nationalities and settings, and it allowed them to be transformed in a way I had never imagined. However, not all of the stories were interesting to me. While there were some that left a lasting impression, quite a few just made me go “meh”. Maybe my expectations were too high, but this anthology wasn’t as amazing as I had expected. It did expose me to a wider range of authors, some whom I will definitely check out in the future. But other than providing me with a few interesting stories, I was just left feeling a bit disappointed.

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