At seventeen, Adeelah Naji is transformed into a genie and imprisoned in a bottle. For a thousand years, she fulfills the wishes of greedy masters–building their palaces, lining their pockets with gold, and granting them every earthly pleasure. All that sustains her is the hope of finding Karim, the boy she fell in love with as a human. When at last she finds a note from her beloved, she confirms he has access to the elixir of life and that he still searches for her.
But someone else also hunts her. Faruq–the man who plots to use her powers to murder and seize the life forces of others–is just one step behind her. With the help of a kind master named Nathan, Adeelah continues to search for Karim while trying to evade Faruq. To complicate matters, she begins to experience growing fatigue and pain after conjuring, and finds herself struggling against an undeniable attraction to Nathan.
As Faruq closes in, Adeelah must decide just how much she’ll risk to protect Nathan and be with Karim forever. How much power does she really have to change her future, and what is she willing to sacrifice for an eternity of love? If she makes the wrong choice, the deaths of many will be on her hands.
What I thought:
Bottled was a pleasant surprise. This book came up on my BookBub and often the books I find through there are sub-par. It’s a great service for finding Ebooks on the cheap, but most of the time if a book is being given away it’s just not that good. I still find gems every once in awhile though so I keep using the service.
So here’s the good and the bad, in my opinion at least. Adeelah was a fun character to follow and for the most part I found her believable as a girl trapped as a genie for a thousand years. The world created by Carol Riggs in this book was well thought out and one I wouldn’t mind reading more about. Although this book is a stand alone so there is little chance of that happening. All in all the pace, plot, characters and the whole book in general was good and I recommend it.
The bad, the romance between Adeelah and Nathan was a bit hard to believe. I did like Nathan as a character. But the idea that a girl who has been in love with one boy for a thousand years and has fought to find him would start falling for someone else in a matter of days was hard to swallow.
Awkward romance aside I enjoyed this book and will probably read it again someday.