Genie is a high-achieving high school student looking to get into an Ivy League College. She spots a kid being bullied at the start of the book and succeeds in scaring the attackers off. When the kid she saved, Quentin, shows up in homeroom and jumps on her desk claiming that she belongs to him, she punches him in the face. Obviously, this is the start of a wonderful friendship. When the two are attacked by a demon from Chinese folklore on the way home from school, and succeed in fighting him off, Genie realizes that Quentin is more than the average high school student, and perhaps she is as well.
Much as Buffy was the designated slayer, Genie is a designated demon-fighter. The difference is that she hates it and hates Quentin for getting her involved in it. She learns that she cannot avoid who she is though. Yee writes vibrant fight scenes that really capture how things go down. He also created very believable high school students. Genie feels real, like someone I might have gone to school with. While I was not surprised by the villain reveal, I was impressed with how it was handled. This book is great for fans of mythology, demon-slaying, or young adult adventures.
Review by Jessica A.