Title: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo
Author: F.C. Yee
Publisher: Abrams & Chronicle
Publishing Date: August 08, 2017
Number of Pages: 336
She annihilates standardized tests and the bad guys. Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.
But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid in class who becomes Genie’s self-appointed guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student with an oddly formal command of the English language, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate—right down to the furry tale and penchant for peaches.
Suddenly, acing the SATs is the least of Genie’s worries. The fates of her friends, family, and the entire Bay Area all depend on her summoning an inner power that Quentin assures her is strong enough to level the very gates of Heaven. But every second Genie spends tapping into the secret of her true nature is a second in which the lives of her loved ones hang in the balance.
I am a Filipino, and I grew up reading and watching not only Philippine mythology and Folklore but other Asian mythology stories as well. If you are familiar with Jackie Chan, you probably watched "Forbidden Kingdom" which includes the story of "The Monkey King".
I requested "The Epic Crush of Genie Lo" not only because I want to learn more about the Chinese mythology but also because reading the blurb gave me a gut feel that it's not just going to be a promising book but one that is also action packed. Guess what? I REALLY ENJOYED READING IT!!!
Reading the book gave me warm, gooey feelings because of the familiarity of the characters but at times, during the action scenes, made me feel over the edge, which is exactly what I was looking for! I also liked the fact that Genie is a reincarnation of "something" I didn't expect, a breath of fresh air.
This book would definitely be on my "most likely to be read again" pile and I recommend it for readers who wants to read about Chinese mythology that has full of humor, action-packed and a love story that you'd surely be rooting for!
RATING: 5 STARS