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The Golem and the Jinni review

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Decker

Star rating: ★★★★ ☆ 4/5 stars

Format: library eaudiobook

Summary: Set in 1899 New York, this book focuses on two magical beings– a golem and a jinni, who both find themselves in a world they don’t understand. 

Review: The description of this book led me to believe that this book was a love story between two magical beings. It is not. They have a close bond but it is not romantic at all. In fact, I would lean towards believing Chava is a romantic and asexual. I was kinda bummed because I really thought it would be a romance and that idea really intrigued me.

I didn’t like how though they both have names, the author often will only refer to them as “the golem” and “the jinni”. I found it hard to connect with them and made them less full characters. I know they weren’t human, but they were still people and it just felt like the author was purposefully putting distance between the reader and two main characters. 

Overall, I liked the story. I thought the multi-cultural magical beings interacting was great. Usually an author will pull from one culture of if they pull from multiple it ends up less distinct. They both had distinct cultures they were a part of and I thought it was really cool how it was done. They both had very rich and detailed worlds, I thought the world building was excellent. 

I felt like Chava, the golem, wasn’t the focus often enough. I really liked her and her struggle to fit in, I thought it was much more interesting than anything else. But she just seemed to face into the background more often than not which was so disappointing. 

Recommendation: If you want an interesting novel about culture and magical beings, this is a great choice. But don’t pick it up in the hopes of a romance. 

2019 Popsugar Challenge Prompt: A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature



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