Friday, 10 May 2019

Book Review: Once UpOn a Genie by Durriya Kapasi



I stumbled upon this book on Half Baked Beans Facebook Page and downloaded it few months back. The title of the book, always made to start reading this book as a word Genie would take me to fantasy land. I am glad that this stumble was pleasant one, so now coming up with a review of this book.

Book Title & Cover:

Book Title “Once Up on a Genie” by Durriya Kapaasi will definitely makes many to pick a book and start reading as many readers want to be in a land where imaginations have no limits.



Book cover is yellow based where a Genie is appearing from the bottle and aback cover has main character Daisy and her best friend Darren.
Story revolves around these three characters and they do justice on the cover page.

About the Author: 
Durriya Kapasi is a Creative Writing Teacher, a foodie and a traveller. She is a cancer survivor and now she also supports and motivates cancer patients. Born in India and now she is best selling author with debut novel.


Story:
 The story revolves around Khalil and Daisy, and Darren who is Daisy’s best friend. Daisy discovering the bottle after her grandmother death and how her loneliness is evaporated by the genie is a complete delight to read.  But how only three wishes by Khalil turns the whole life of Daisy is described very well. How Darren who don’t want to come in between Daisy and Jinn love but eventually falls in between is full of twists and turns. One decision of Daisy makes impact on three lives, and how all cope up with it.

Once upon a genie book review - AuraOfThoughts


What I love in this book:

Narration Style : I like the author has used narrations from not one character but from all three main characters, which in a way is a different and that adds to the pros of the book.

Elaborate Descriptiveness: Describing the imaginary land and that too with minutest detail is what took my heart for the author. May be in future if I ever imagine a Jinn and a Genie Land I would imagine a scene from this book. 

Characterisation: The characters stick to their personality and do not show personality surprises, which I liked in the story. They definitely grow along the story but stick to their roots.

Bonding: The bonding between mother nad child is well expressed in the book where Khalil meets his mother and the tension between Daisy and her mother is also captured in true sense that readers feel the pain of Daisy.

What a miss in Book?
There are few angles I frlt could have been more explainatory, as in why Thomas could see Khalil and when Khalil mentioned he is not God and cannot stop life and death, still was able to cure Darren. Maybe we can expect these answers in the sequel, Neverfound Land.

Final Word:

If you want to sail through the imaginary land of Genie, then this book is surely for you. Pick this book and have a read where you feel variant emotions through the book. For me it is 4.5/5.

Book Details:
Book Name: Once Upon A Genie
Book Author: Durriya Kapasi
Length : 200 Pages
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Available on leading online stores.

This book review is a part of my Write Tribe ReadingChallenge 2019 where 12 book are to be reviewed in one month of a year. I have picked the prompt number 22 - A book with an imaginary/mythical creature. This review is of month April, you can find all reviews in the linky here

@Sonal

24 comments:

  1. Wow! this is such an interesting plot. am quite intrigues to know what Daisy decides!

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  2. Looks like a great read for the summer holidays. I like short books with easy on mind stories that can be finished without carrying a shadow of loss.

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    1. It is very refreshing one with a fairy land touch.

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  3. The plot and your review builds up an interest. I would get the book in hand soon.

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  4. This seems like an interesting read! I think I will enjoy it.
    Noor Anand Chawla

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    1. If you love fantasy land stories you should definitely go for it.

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  5. I have heard this book. A friend recommended it to me as well. But never got around to reading it. Will do now. You've mentioned in available online as well so i"ll see if I can find the kindle version. :)

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  6. I always love reading book reviews to understand the gist of the story. Thanks your review is very helpful.

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  7. Once ipon a genie sounds so sweet.Genies do transport us to magical world.Good review

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    1. Yes, Genie world itself sails one to the world of wishes and fantasy world.

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  8. I love the review, short but to the point.

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  9. 4.5 is definitely a good rating for a book, I am so intrigued to read this one. I am all game for thriller, suspense and fiction novels. Loved this one and would be buying it soon.

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  10. Looks like a good read. I will check out for myself too.

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  11. I am so into paranormal and supernatural stuff! And genies have always caught my attention. Will check out this! :)

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  12. This sounds very intriguing. Only 3 characters and the whole genie angle is very new. Must check it out

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  13. Wow, this sounds like a very interesting book. Thanks for sharing the review.

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  14. Sounds very interesting. I am about to finish my current read. Will look this up for my next.

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  15. Seems interesting read. Fiction about Genie must be engaging.

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  16. i love reading all kinds of fiction books and So, this is surely that is interesting. i would like to grab a copy soon.

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  17. The storyline is quite interesting even the book cover is also good. You have given the hints about the characters so well. I am planning to read this.

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