This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
Genres: Fantasy, Humor, young adult
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
Format: ARC, E-book
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The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo's every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.
Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.
Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…
What a pleasurable read! The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is a book that would appeal to all readers. This story has it all, epic battles, good versus evil, romance, Chinese mythology, I could keep going on and on! This story was better than I ever expected, I just couldn’t get enough and I hope against hope that it will turn into a series!!
Genie Lo is not your average teenager. She spent all her free time hyper-focused on getting into a top-tier college and her entire life was centered on that goal until the day she met Quentin Sun. Quentin was not your average transfer student, in fact there was something very unique about him indeed. Once he came into her life, reality as she knew it turned itself upside down.
Quentin was relentless in his pursuit of Genie, I thought that was just adorable. What he wanted from Genie was not very clear, at the start, but what was clear was that once demons start showing up in this small California city Genie needed Quentin’s experience fighting these demons. Together they will come against an epic force that will strip Genie to the core and force her to face her inner capabilities. Seriously, this was an exciting read and I had fun reading every page!
Genie’s character was fully realized and her voice was exactly what I would expect from a teenage girl with the expectations she has set for herself. The way that Quentin and Genie speak to each other is very relatable and frank. It has snark, sarcasm, and created a real team feel between the characters. I know that I absolutely want more of them! In addition, the friendship between Genie and her best friend Yunie was just wonderful. I do wish that there had been more of Yunie is this book because I really enjoyed their interactions. Yunie was a great supporting character and the scenes she was in had me laughing out loud!
Quentin was a character and a half. From the moment he came on the scene he was intense, comedic, and a great anti-hero. He was just adorable and his intensity towards Genie was perfect. At the start, he came off stalkerish but when you learn why he was drawn to her it will all make sense. I loved, loved, loved, that Quentin was not an alpha-male towards Genie. He respected her, not saying that he didn’t try to get heavy handed at the start, but he quickly gave Genie the space she needed to improve.
This story has the “chosen one” trope but it is not cliché. As the story develops you quickly realize that the characters have layers and the chosen one has not been chosen for an obvious reason. It is quite hilarious actually how Genie came to be the “chosen one.” I absolutely enjoyed the Chinese mythology that was written into this storyline. I liked that I knew what to expect with the folklore but that there were unique differences and that they were relatable in a modern way.
One thing that really endeared me to the story was that the story was about Genie and at no point did the male characters take away from that. Quentin was very much the stronger of the two characters but he was secondary in the battles because it was about Genie training, overcoming her struggles, and coming into her strengths. Definitely a book that inspires girl power.
Overall I found every aspect about The Epic Crush of Genie Lo to be memorable. The characters were just fantastic and layered. The relationship between Genie and her parents is comical and heartwarming. There are pop culture references used that keep the story tethered in the here and now. With much of the storyline tied up with mythological creatures and fighting demons the references help to keep the story where it was intended. I believe that the author did an amazing job blending action, badassery, and Chinese mythology into a book that will appeal to all readers!
*Thank you to NetGalley & Amulet Books for this eARC of
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo*