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Once Upon A Genie Paperback – 2017
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Daisy had no idea what was in store for her when she uncovered the priceless reward concealed in a miscellaneous bottle; a super sexy genie that would pull the rugs below her feet. Khalil Muwahid, the genie owed Daisy his gratitude for freeing him from the trap. He generously asked her for three wishes without holding any grudges against her. Gradually there was a strong connection between them, the bond of love. Also, the rules of Djinn world were amended for their love, where Daisy wasn't supposed to ask for the third wish since they could be together, everlastingly. BUT on the horns of Dilemma, Darren, Daisy's best friend's life was at threat. Does she use the last wish to save Darren? Or does she save her love?
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The flow of the story makes one feel going on with him or her either as Darren,Khalil or Daisy ,its fluidity makes you never take an eye off the book or the magic will vanish.
The end came so realistic as genies dwell only in our imaginations and stories and growth of Darren as a friend to be the would be father of a child of Daisy is awesome.
Hats off to the author for portraying every chatecters to perfection and add the sparkles of her talent like pixie dust to every sphere of romance,relationship,human psyche.
So we too wish upon a Genie to have more n more such awesome works from Ma'am Durriya Kapasi.
The bright yellow with shades of cream and three silhouettes: two men and a woman. Stars twinkling near one man. Makes for quite an interesting cover, doesn’t it? It could also be used for a thriller story, me thinks.
Before you read a book, any book for that matter, it is common practice to read the blurb. In this case, the blurb contains a spoiler. It gives away the core of the story. But, I felt in this case, it was ok, it wasn’t spoiling anything.
The main protagonist is Daisy, the second is a Genie, Khalil, and the third is Darren, Daisy’s best friend. When the story is about a Genie, there ought to be lots of magic right? Yes, right. Absolutely. There is a lot of magic, the romantic kind as well.
The Genie gives Daisy three wishes when she accidentally frees him from a bottle after the demise of her grandmother, who was a good witch. That is where the story begins. This is a love story, between two people with different lives, and who are from different worlds.
What I liked:
The story is fabulous.
The characterization: the way each character is thought out, the love behind it is genuine, I liked that very much.
Romance always warms hearts. This romance was very sweet and at the same time, heart-breaking. Separations are painful. Durriya has put in a lot of effort in thinking and writing the romantic parts. She has poured out all her pain in writing out certain portions, having gone through it herself. I loved the genuineness. I care for her book. I love her mind, her creative spirit.
What I didn’t like:
The grammar lets the story down. Terribly. I would rather put it this way: if Durriya had stuck to writing simple sentences with easy to use English words, the result would have been beautiful. Alas, by using words that seemed ‘forced’ in many places, the author takes away from the joy of reading. It is through sheer will that you have to keep reading. At one point, you need to skim because in a paragraph, there are just too many issues.
Usage of incorrect words/phrases and poor sentence construction: In the story, somewhere this word ‘bashed’ is used during a romantic encounter. Well, one gets bashed up or someone bashes someone up. It is always used to denote violence. There are many such words/phrases/sentence construction, which are totally incorrect. Consider this: ‘I jumped on my bed for some sleep’. And this, ‘swinging my feet over the side of the bed I walked towards the window, my bare feet pressing against the cold floor.’ ‘She was wiping her face with white napkin’. Well, I have nothing to say. An editor would/should have corrected these.
This is not exactly a comment. But, Genies or Djinns are predominantly mentioned in Moslem literature. The context was kind of hard to believe. Daisy and Darren seemed forced. I would have been happier with a Salim or an Aaliyah. It would have felt more natural.
The narration is very coherent and impressive. The strong imagination and ability to put forth it in an impressive manner of the author are reflected in the book. I am pleased to read this. The plotline is so interesting that even I fell in love with the genie. His character has been portrayed deliberately. The character of Darren signifies the real image of a true friend as well as a true and selfless love. On one hand, Daisy struggles with her predicaments while on the other hand, the two men in her life make every effort to make her life easier and happier. This book is a gem in my bookshelf for its uniqueness and magic!
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