The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought in The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. 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… (via Goodreads)
I received an eARC of The Epic Crush of Genie Lo from Netgalley, courtesy of the publisher, Amulet Books, in exchange for an honest review!
With absolutely no hesitation, I adored The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. Full stop. I could just leave my review there, BUT I WANT TO GUSH ABOUT IT.
This book is Percy Jackson meets The Incredibles meets Chinese mythology, written by a Chinese man.You guys know I love all of that. This book was stunningly well-written. Every conversation had me laughing and cheering for Genie, Quentin and Yunie.
Genie was hilarious, and felt like someone I would have thought was scarily awesome as a teen, even without knowing about how much of a badass she was fighting demons.
I loved how, despite the story being a superhero one, Genie still cared about her academic record and goals, and talked about how her duties as the human form of a badass weapon got in the way of her school work. She had bad pollen days, which made it really hard for her to focus on the superhero stuff.
I also loved that Genie wanted to share her new part of her life with her mother and Yunie, even though she also wants to protect them. I can’t wait to see what happens when she tells Yunie all about everything, and for her to be more a part of the series.
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