Description: One minute Sara's bored on vacation in Istanbul. The next, she's unearthed a flying carpet that cleverly drags her to the mysterious Island of the Djinn—or genies. By her side is Amesh, a hot boy she's starting to love but doesn't yet trust. When Amesh learns the secret of invoking djinn, he loses control. He swears he'll call upon only one djinn and make one wish. The plan sounds safe enough. But neither Sara nor Amesh are any match for the formidable monster that that swells before them. It hypnotizes Amesh, compelling him to steal Sara’s flying carpet—the ancient Carpet of Ka—and leave her stranded.
Discovering the Carpet of Ka has sparked a new path for Sara, one that will lead her to battle creatures even deadlier than djinn. In this fight, Sara can save mankind, herself, or the boy she loves. Who will she be forced to sacrifice?
My Thoughts: When I first read the description of this book, I knew I wanted to read it. Aladdin is one of my favorite animated movies, and this book sounded like a cute and more edgy version of it. I have to say that although this was entertaining, the romantic aspect turned me off a little bit. For the life of me I could not understand why Sarah liked Amesh so much, plus their relationship turned too serious too fast.
As far as the main character, at first I found Sarah annoying, childish, and selfish. As I continued reading, I start to find – partly because she matured and partly because I’d gotten used to her – that she was an adequate character. She’s not one of my favorite characters but she has the potential to get better, or grow on me as the series continues.
My favorite character was the carpet and the voice behind it. Everything seemed to get better when it arrived. In fact, the moment it first appeared in the story was the moment I really started finding the book entertaining.
Thanks to the two thirds of the book I really liked, I found myself beginning to turn the rest of the pages very quickly, wanting to know what would happen. The book got better and better as it neared the end, which has now caused me to look forward to the next book in the series.
Release date: September 13th 2010