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She holds the key to his heart, and he wants it back. Rena is the youngest daughter of the Sea King, and shes dreamed of the surface for years. But her first visit on her 16th birthday isnt what she expects. She watches a Jinni fall from the skyand chooses to save him, despite her mothers warnings that all Jinn are evil. Once she meets Gideon, she cant get him out of She holds the key to his heart, and he wants it back. Rena is the youngest daughter of the Sea King, and she’s dreamed of the surface for years. But her first visit on her 16th birthday isn’t what she expects. She watches a Jinni fall from the sky—and chooses to save him, despite her mother’s warnings that all Jinn are evil. Once she meets Gideon, she can’t get him out of her mind. And maybe, with a little help from the Queen of Hodafez and some magic of her own, she doesn't have to... The Jinni Key is a loose “Little Mermaid” retelling. Set in a world that humans share with mermaids, dragons, and the elusive Jinn, this is not the fairytale you remember… If you enjoy clean romance, adventure, and intrigue, then try the books in The Stolen Kingdom series now! These interconnected fairy tale retellings each feature a different princess who has to fight for her happily ever after. **Grab your copy today!** WHAT READERS ARE SAYING: “There was very little that I predicted, when there was a moment of loss I truly felt it, and I loved the unique spins she placed on the well-known THE LITTLE MERMAID tale.” Rachael Martin (Goodreads Reviewer) “I went into this story super excited to find out more about Rena and Arie, and I was left unable to wait for the next book! I seriously read this book in one sitting (which left everything aching, but so worth it!). I absolutely loved The Stolen Kingdom, and book two did not disappoint. The Jinni Key’s world-building was actually one of my favorites, so complex and detailed and very fun.” Sarah Sutton (Goodreads Reviewer) “I couldn't even put the book down because I had to know what happened... These are the kind of retellings that I love because while the base story is weaved in there lightly the story doesn't rely on The Little Mermaid. It goes so far past that and you are invested in everything that is happening…” Katelyn Spedden (Goodreads Reviewer) “There is so much action going on in this book and as the story moved on, the stakes kept getting higher and higher - I couldn't put it down (read it in a few hours) and I can't wait to read the next book in the series!” Elira Barnes (Goodreads Reviewer) “This was an amazing second book! All of Bethany’s hard work paid off ten fold! I loved how all the relationships developed and all the animal moments. I especially love Rena and her quirky personality. She makes an amazing POV character.” Andrea Roberts (Goodreads Reviewer) “I don't want to give anything away but safe to say if you liked Stolen Kingdom, you'll also enjoy this book.” Nichole (Goodreads Reviewer) “Once again, Bethany Atazadeh takes some risks with this Little Mermaid retelling and mixes in a lot of original story and world elements, along with engaging characters to make it an intriguing and magical read that I was sad to see end.” Janine (Goodreads Reviewer) “I loved finding out what happens next. I'm excited and am definitely going to read the third book. Captivating story.” Kaylee White (Goodreads Reviewer) THE STOLEN KINGDOM SERIES READING ORDER: Book 1: The Stolen Kingdom: An Aladdin retelling Book 2: The Jinni Key: A Little Mermaid retelling Book 3: The Cursed Hunter: A Beauty and the Beast retelling (releasing June 30th & available for preorder) Book 4: The Enchanted Crown: A Sleeping Beauty retelling (coming Fall 2020)


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She holds the key to his heart, and he wants it back. Rena is the youngest daughter of the Sea King, and shes dreamed of the surface for years. But her first visit on her 16th birthday isnt what she expects. She watches a Jinni fall from the skyand chooses to save him, despite her mothers warnings that all Jinn are evil. Once she meets Gideon, she cant get him out of She holds the key to his heart, and he wants it back. Rena is the youngest daughter of the Sea King, and she’s dreamed of the surface for years. But her first visit on her 16th birthday isn’t what she expects. She watches a Jinni fall from the sky—and chooses to save him, despite her mother’s warnings that all Jinn are evil. Once she meets Gideon, she can’t get him out of her mind. And maybe, with a little help from the Queen of Hodafez and some magic of her own, she doesn't have to... The Jinni Key is a loose “Little Mermaid” retelling. Set in a world that humans share with mermaids, dragons, and the elusive Jinn, this is not the fairytale you remember… If you enjoy clean romance, adventure, and intrigue, then try the books in The Stolen Kingdom series now! These interconnected fairy tale retellings each feature a different princess who has to fight for her happily ever after. **Grab your copy today!** WHAT READERS ARE SAYING: “There was very little that I predicted, when there was a moment of loss I truly felt it, and I loved the unique spins she placed on the well-known THE LITTLE MERMAID tale.” Rachael Martin (Goodreads Reviewer) “I went into this story super excited to find out more about Rena and Arie, and I was left unable to wait for the next book! I seriously read this book in one sitting (which left everything aching, but so worth it!). I absolutely loved The Stolen Kingdom, and book two did not disappoint. The Jinni Key’s world-building was actually one of my favorites, so complex and detailed and very fun.” Sarah Sutton (Goodreads Reviewer) “I couldn't even put the book down because I had to know what happened... These are the kind of retellings that I love because while the base story is weaved in there lightly the story doesn't rely on The Little Mermaid. It goes so far past that and you are invested in everything that is happening…” Katelyn Spedden (Goodreads Reviewer) “There is so much action going on in this book and as the story moved on, the stakes kept getting higher and higher - I couldn't put it down (read it in a few hours) and I can't wait to read the next book in the series!” Elira Barnes (Goodreads Reviewer) “This was an amazing second book! All of Bethany’s hard work paid off ten fold! I loved how all the relationships developed and all the animal moments. I especially love Rena and her quirky personality. She makes an amazing POV character.” Andrea Roberts (Goodreads Reviewer) “I don't want to give anything away but safe to say if you liked Stolen Kingdom, you'll also enjoy this book.” Nichole (Goodreads Reviewer) “Once again, Bethany Atazadeh takes some risks with this Little Mermaid retelling and mixes in a lot of original story and world elements, along with engaging characters to make it an intriguing and magical read that I was sad to see end.” Janine (Goodreads Reviewer) “I loved finding out what happens next. I'm excited and am definitely going to read the third book. Captivating story.” Kaylee White (Goodreads Reviewer) THE STOLEN KINGDOM SERIES READING ORDER: Book 1: The Stolen Kingdom: An Aladdin retelling Book 2: The Jinni Key: A Little Mermaid retelling Book 3: The Cursed Hunter: A Beauty and the Beast retelling (releasing June 30th & available for preorder) Book 4: The Enchanted Crown: A Sleeping Beauty retelling (coming Fall 2020)

30 review for The Jinni Key: A Little Mermaid Retelling

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Atazadeh

    The Jinni Key is a loose retelling of "The Little Mermaid" that follows Aries story in a surprising direction. Its the second book in a four-book series of fantasy retellings, all based in the same world. Title: The Jinni Key Genre: YA Fantasy Retelling Series: Book 2 of 4 ABOUT THE BOOK: She holds the key to his heart, and he wants it back. When Arie reveals her Gift, she thinks the worst is over. But she couldnt be more wrong. The only one who can save her now is a mermaid named Rena. Rena is The Jinni Key is a loose retelling of "The Little Mermaid" that follows Arie’s story in a surprising direction. It’s the second book in a four-book series of fantasy retellings, all based in the same world. Title: The Jinni Key Genre: YA Fantasy Retelling Series: Book 2 of 4 ABOUT THE BOOK: She holds the key to his heart, and he wants it back. When Arie reveals her Gift, she thinks the worst is over. But she couldn’t be more wrong. The only one who can save her now is a mermaid named Rena. Rena is the youngest daughter of the Sea King, and she’s dreamed of the surface for years. But her first visit on her 16th birthday isn’t what she expects. She watches a Jinni fall from the sky—and chooses to save him, despite her mother’s warnings that all Jinn are evil. Once she meets Gideon, she can’t get him out of her mind. And maybe, with a little help from Arie and some magic of her own, she doesn’t have to... The Jinni Key is a loose “Little Mermaid” retelling. Set in a world that humans share with mermaids, dragons, and the elusive Jinn, this is not the fairytale you remember… BUY THE JINNI KEY (ebook): https://books2read.com/thejinnikey BUY THE JINNI KEY (paperback): Barnes & Noble:http://bit.ly/thejinnikeybn Amazon: http://bit.ly/thejinnikey THE JINNI KEY GOODREADS PAGE: https://bit.ly/thejinnikeygoodreads THE STOLEN KINGDOM WEBSITE: https://bit.ly/thestolenkingdom *This is book two of four. The last two books in the series are set to release in spring and fall of 2020.*

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    Bethany Atazadeh's writing talent grew with book 2 in The Stolen Kingdom series, THE JINNI KEY. There was very little that I predicted, when there was a moment of loss I truly felt it, and I loved the unique spins she placed on the well-known THE LITTLE MERMAID tale. THE JINNI KEY is a very loosely-based retelling of THE LITTLE MERMAID, with the only similarity being that there's a mermaid who longs to be on land with the man she loves. I found a lot of the choices that Bethany made to be very Bethany Atazadeh's writing talent grew with book 2 in The Stolen Kingdom series, THE JINNI KEY. There was very little that I predicted, when there was a moment of loss I truly felt it, and I loved the unique spins she placed on the well-known THE LITTLE MERMAID tale. THE JINNI KEY is a very loosely-based retelling of THE LITTLE MERMAID, with the only similarity being that there's a mermaid who longs to be on land with the man she loves. I found a lot of the choices that Bethany made to be very clever, which allowed THE JINNI KEY to mesh really well with book 1 (THE STOLEN KINGDOM, an ALADDIN retelling). The stories following the same characters flowed seamlessly together while maintaining their own plots and their individual character focus. I feel as though Bethany truly knows her characters and never strays from how they would act or what they would say, while still keeping me on my toes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Reagan

    The Jinni Key is the second book in the Stolen Kingdom series and it is a very very loose retelling of the little mermaid. Rena, the Ariel of this story, had saved a jinni from drowning when he fell out of the sky and she has fallen in love with him and she will do anything to prove that love to herself and her family. After I got the first book in the series through once upon a book club, I was extremely excited to read this sequel. Im just as excited to read the third book and the forth when The Jinni Key is the second book in the Stolen Kingdom series and it is a very very loose retelling of the little mermaid. Rena, the Ariel of this story, had saved a jinni from drowning when he fell out of the sky and she has fallen in love with him and she will do anything to prove that love to herself and her family. After I got the first book in the series through once upon a book club, I was extremely excited to read this sequel. I’m just as excited to read the third book and the forth when they come out. Bethany Atazadeh does an amazing job at helping the world she has made come alive and she also writes characters so well. You will go from hating a character to loving them throughout reading the book. She gives them dimensions and hopes and dreams that are always evolving and makes it all seem so real. There are a lot of cute scenes, sad scenes, and scenes that will leave you on the edge of your seat in this book. Like in the first book, the pacing was a little off. It definitely starts out slow and then ramps up as it goes on. And I like I said before, you will probably start out hating some of the characters but I promise that you will love them in the end. Ok I need to talk about book covers. I personally love minimalist book covers and I absolutely hate when there are people on covers. While this book is not one of my favorite covers I have to admit that the colors are absolutely gorgeous. It is definitely not a bad cover it’s actually quite nice. It looks absolutely beautiful it’s just a bit crowded in my opinion. Overall I really loved this book and I do recommend the series to anyone who loves adventure, romance, and Disney. It is a great book written by a great author.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mandi Lynn

    Review to come!!! 🤩

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lissyiszy

    I was excited to read this Little Mermaid retelling! I've always enjoyed the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, but Bethany's "loose" retelling is roughly akin to the original fairy tale which is a little darker and the end isn't as happy (Bethany's version is a HEA for the most part ^_~). While Rena probably looks more like Ariel with the red hair, her personality is more developed than Ariel's. Rena can be tough to love at first but I didn't have a problem with her because I understood why I was excited to read this Little Mermaid retelling! I've always enjoyed the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, but Bethany's "loose" retelling is roughly akin to the original fairy tale which is a little darker and the end isn't as happy (Bethany's version is a HEA for the most part ^_~). While Rena probably looks more like Ariel with the red hair, her personality is more developed than Ariel's. Rena can be tough to love at first but I didn't have a problem with her because I understood why she said and did the things she did. Although, it's funny because I thought she'd be more empathetic as The Jinni Key holder and the youngest sister of that royal family. Let's just say they aren't the kindest people. lol I enjoyed the way Bethany gave us a flashback to give us a little backstory about Rena and her family. From there, it launches to how Rena came to land and then we start where the first book left off. The author seamlessly wove the beginning chapters and executed it flawlessly. I had wondered how and where we'd start off after reading the first chapter from the first book. We don't get as much extended world building as I thought we would get after the first book. Other than the underwater kingdom, which I wish we got to see more of or at least again after the first time. I enjoyed seeing how the sea magic worked although very little is explained which is fine. I don't feel like we traveled around as much in this book as the first book which is fine but I wished we did because I enjoy Bethany's world development. We don't get to see as much romance in this book, I feel like it's more like pining than romantic interaction which was well written so you won't get any mutual instant love here. I had hoped to see more character development in all the characters but I think Rena is the one who develops the most even though we get POV from Kadin and Arie. I liked Kadin and Arie's POV but struggled through them a bit. I do see them as necessary for the development of the book but weren't always gratifying to read, probably because of their stuck situations. FYI, we don't get to see Kadin's full motley crew in the book so don't expect to see them. I did miss Naveed but glad Bosh was still around. Gideon was around but I didn't enjoy him as much because he seemed so surly in this book. The pacing of the book read quickly but I did feel like it was rushed more towards the end, the climax wasn't as climatic as the first book in my opinion. While it wasn't quite what I wanted or expected, I appreciated that the author tied up the important loose ends. Overall, I enjoyed reading this "loose" fairy tale retelling but the similarities between this book will be vastly different from the versions you know. It had less recognizable similarities than the previous book, which is fine but wanted to share that. I loved Rena's overall character development arc and Bethany's underwater world building. If you enjoyed The Stolen Kingdom, I think you'll like this book too and you'll get to learn what happened to the previous main characters! 3.5 out of 5 rating for me! (An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    Once again, Bethany Atazadeh takes some risks with this Little Mermaid retelling and mixes in a lot of original story and world elements, along with engaging characters to make it an intriguing and magical read that I was sad to see end. This installment in the Stolen Kingdom series stars Rena, a mermaid that has fallen in love with a Jinni, Gideon, and throughout the next year, falls in love via her visions through her enchanted key, the Jinni Key, which targets ones desires. (view spoiler) Once again, Bethany Atazadeh takes some risks with this Little Mermaid retelling and mixes in a lot of original story and world elements, along with engaging characters to make it an intriguing and magical read that I was sad to see end. This installment in the Stolen Kingdom series stars Rena, a mermaid that has fallen in love with a Jinni, Gideon, and throughout the next year, falls in love via her visions through her enchanted key, the Jinni Key, which targets one’s desires. (view spoiler)[Dissatisfied with her place in her world, as well as wanting to meet Gideon, she sets out to land to find him. (hide spoiler)] I grew to love Rena, as she realizes that things aren’t as they seem and learning about herself, others, and the world through her journey. I loved the lesson she learned (view spoiler)[that she was being the selfish one throughout most of the story, and that love isn’t just about infatuation but about being selfless (hide spoiler)] and applying it for great character growth. I loved the characters, all fleshed out with their own motivations, and that’s for the new and returning cast. None of them felt one note or cliched, and didn’t go out of character. I liked the new cast, and the conflict they brought and interested in how they will affect the rest of the overall story. I was happy to see the returning characters and getting more growth out of them, (view spoiler)[especially Bosh, who Rena spends a lot of time with and ultimately saves in the end of the story (hide spoiler)] . I like how Arie grew and faced her new situation (view spoiler)[though things don’t end too well for her, and it crushed me to see it happen (hide spoiler)] . I really loved the world of the series, inspired by the original tales, middle eastern culture and general fantasy tropes, creating something all its own. And no, the Aladdin and Little Mermaid tales don’t clash; it flows seamlessly here as it focuses more on thematics than retelling the story. This installment expands on several aspects that were hinted at before, which I really loved (view spoiler)[especially the dragons (hide spoiler)] . The magic system is expanded, and i love the role it plays throughout the story (view spoiler)[seeing that Rena is immune to Jinni magic and their relations are a bit on the bad side, it’s a much bigger role here (hide spoiler)] . The prose is vivid and for the most part clear and got me into the world easily. There was a few times where things were unclear and muddled, but it didn’t impact things too much. (view spoiler)[Though I’m glad Arie finally coming to terms with her Gift right before it’s stolen away was made clear, unlike in the first book. (hide spoiler)] The plot was different enough from the first book from the series and avoided being a rehash story, though there were some parts of the plot I thought felt similar, but had a different mood this time around. Though I felt it took a while for the story to really ramp up, despite liking seeing how Rena’s life under the sea was like and getting into her goals and motivations (view spoiler)[I was crushed to know that she was being used by most of her kind because of the key, including her own family (hide spoiler)] , as well as world building. But by the time trouble starts happening, I was into the story with all the tension, twists and emotions that came with it and rushed through the last 2/3rds of the story within a day, with my emotions going up and down throughout. The last few chapters had me at the edge of my seat and the ending brought some closure and that cliffhanger ending makes me look forward to the rest of the series to see what happens next. (view spoiler)[I smiled that Rena got to stick around land, but hope she can go back and forth to the sea. (hide spoiler)] If you want to read a mashup of fairytales with an original world, story and endearing characters, read this series. *I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Francesca

    I was introduced to this author through a subscription box and I cannot be more grateful! I fell in love with the first book in this series, The Stolen Kingdom, which is a loose retelling of Aladdin. The Jinni Key is the second book in a 4 book series and its a loose retelling of The Little Mermaid but picks up where Stolen Kingdom left off. We get to see how our favorite characters are doing in this book and get to know Rena quite a bit better. I preordered this as soon as I finished reading I was introduced to this author through a subscription box and I cannot be more grateful! I fell in love with the first book in this series, The Stolen Kingdom, which is a loose retelling of Aladdin. The Jinni Key is the second book in a 4 book series and it’s a loose retelling of The Little Mermaid but picks up where Stolen Kingdom left off. We get to see how our favorite characters are doing in this book and get to know Rena quite a bit better. I preordered this as soon as I finished reading the first one, but was able to receive an ARC from the author a few weeks before the release, super thankful! Bethany weaves such a beautiful tale with her words. Each book in the series is based off a different fairytale. The fairytales are just a glint in the background because the heart of these stories go so much deeper. Rena, a silly young Meremaid, battles to understand the human world and how she fits in. She’s hopeful and naive in the beginning. Trusting everyone at their word, which brings her nothing but pain and sorrow time after time. Until she realizes her worth and how there are some humans out there who are worth risking it all for. I devoured this book!! I can’t wait for the next two books in the series to come out next year. Run, don’t walk, to grab The Stolen Kingdom and Jinni Key and experience the magic for yourselves!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kaylee White

    I'd honestly give this book 4.5 stars. It was a good story and I loved finding out what happens next. I'm excited and am definitely going to read the third book. Captivating story. I had an issue with the main character though. She just rubbed me the wrong way. Not that there was anything the author did wrong, it just wasn't a personality I connect with. The character had some good growth throughout the book and by the end of it, I didn't hate her as much as I did when the story first started. I'd honestly give this book 4.5 stars. It was a good story and I loved finding out what happens next. I'm excited and am definitely going to read the third book. Captivating story. I had an issue with the main character though. She just rubbed me the wrong way. Not that there was anything the author did wrong, it just wasn't a personality I connect with. The character had some good growth throughout the book and by the end of it, I didn't hate her as much as I did when the story first started. I'm excited for the next book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn Spedden

    I received an ARC of this novel from the author! . Ok to start off with I LOVED the Stolen Kingdom so I was really excited for this book and I preordered it the moment I finished book one and I was NOT disappointed. Bethany Atazadeh weaves such a wonderful story and you really do find yourself so invested in all of the characters. I couldn't even put the book down because I had to know what happened with Rena. These are the kind of retellings that I love because while the base story is weaved in I received an ARC of this novel from the author! . Ok to start off with I LOVED the Stolen Kingdom so I was really excited for this book and I preordered it the moment I finished book one and I was NOT disappointed. Bethany Atazadeh weaves such a wonderful story and you really do find yourself so invested in all of the characters. I couldn't even put the book down because I had to know what happened with Rena. These are the kind of retellings that I love because while the base story is weaved in there lightly the story doesn't rely on The Little Mermaid. It goes so far past that and you are invested in everything that is happening and finding away to let Rena keep her legs and be with the person that truly loves her. 100% would recommend this book and I can't wait for book 3!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aminata Coote

    Bethany knocked this one out of the park! After reading The Stolen Kingdom, I was excited to read the second installment in the series and it was fantastic. This was not what I expected. I was frustrated and agitated by the characters (especially Rena) and there were times I had to put the book down and walk away but I couldnt stay away. I was totally invested in the characters and wanted to see what would happen next...and now I'm waiting anxiously for book 3... Bethany knocked this one out of the park! After reading The Stolen Kingdom, I was excited to read the second installment in the series and it was fantastic. This was not what I expected. I was frustrated and agitated by the characters (especially Rena) and there were times I had to put the book down and walk away but I couldn’t stay away. I was totally invested in the characters and wanted to see what would happen next...and now I'm waiting anxiously for book 3...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elira Barnes

    This story was a roller coaster of emotions for me! I was gripped into Rena's story from the very start and was rooting for her to succeed in her mission. I absolutely loved this take on the Little Mermaid and the concept of how our greatest desires can constantly change. There is so much action going on in this book and as the story moved on, the stakes kept getting higher and higher - I couldn't put it down (read it in a few hours) and I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Roberts

    This was an amazing second book! All of Bethanys hard work paid off ten fold! I loved how all the relationships developed and all the animal moments. I especially love Rena and her quirky personality. She makes an amazing POV character. This was an amazing second book! All of Bethany’s hard work paid off ten fold! I loved how all the relationships developed and all the animal moments. I especially love Rena and her quirky personality. She makes an amazing POV character.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This book was sent to me as an ARC from the author. As a long-time Disney fan, and someone who truly enjoyed the first book in this series, I was anxiously anticipating the second book. Unfortunately, due to circumstances and life, I was unable to read it when I first got it, but I was off today, picked it up intending to read only a few chapters, and immediately got sucked in. I finished the book in only a few hours. The pacing and character development in this book was excellent. This is a This book was sent to me as an ARC from the author. As a long-time Disney fan, and someone who truly enjoyed the first book in this series, I was anxiously anticipating the second book. Unfortunately, due to circumstances and life, I was unable to read it when I first got it, but I was off today, picked it up intending to read only a few chapters, and immediately got sucked in. I finished the book in only a few hours. The pacing and character development in this book was excellent. This is a loose retelling of The Little Mermaid and I loved getting to know Rena, her crazy family, and learning more about the characters Bethany introduced us to in the first book. Last, but not least, Bethany has yet to fail in the covers for this series. They are all gorgeous and captivating. :) P.S. I can’t wait to read book three when it’s released and learn more about this world! And I want more of Gideon. He’s definitely one of my favorites. :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    I was really excited to continue this series, but this book wasn't quite as good as the first one. I found Rena a little too naive and annoying. It was cute that she didn't know about human things like clothes and horses, but the naive instalove she had for the Jinni was too eye-roll inducing. The book never said mermaids didn't fall in love or anything, and her parents were somewhat happily married, so it seemed like love should have come up at some point in her life...? And that was just too I was really excited to continue this series, but this book wasn't quite as good as the first one. I found Rena a little too naive and annoying. It was cute that she didn't know about human things like clothes and horses, but the naive instalove she had for the Jinni was too eye-roll inducing. The book never said mermaids didn't fall in love or anything, and her parents were somewhat happily married, so it seemed like love should have come up at some point in her life...? And that was just too much of the story. I did like that she kind of snapped out of it at the end, and it was a creative take on The Little Mermaid, but somehow she wasn't charming like Ariel, she was just kind of ditzy. Anyway, I did like the continuation of the main story, with Arie and her kingdom, and the Jinnis involved. I definitely still want to read the next book in the series and find out what happens with all of that!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Grace Herbst

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another great read! I can't imagine living in a kingdom where your whole family likes to torture you. I'm not sure it's because she held a precious artifact that everyone wanted, but I felt so sorry for Rena. As soon as the deal was made with her sister, I couldn't help but wonder how it would all end. I had a feeling Gideon wouldn't fall madly in love with Rena. If that was true, then would Rena go back to her underwater kingdom? I was glad everything turned out alright in the end. In Arie's Another great read! I can't imagine living in a kingdom where your whole family likes to torture you. I'm not sure it's because she held a precious artifact that everyone wanted, but I felt so sorry for Rena. As soon as the deal was made with her sister, I couldn't help but wonder how it would all end. I had a feeling Gideon wouldn't fall madly in love with Rena. If that was true, then would Rena go back to her underwater kingdom? I was glad everything turned out alright in the end. In Arie's point of view, her kingdom is under attack from Amir again. I didn't quite understand the point of why she was being controlled, but it didn't sound like there was a good reason. I'm glad she was saved before it was too late.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Holly Davis

    What a gem (or should I say seashell?) of a book! Lol. This sequel delivers on everything TSK promises: continuing Arie and Kadin's story and sweeping us up in a new tale with Rena. I absolutely adored Rena's voice and appreciated all the metaphors she used involving the ocean, things only she would say. Despite Arie being helpless at times, she fought as hard as she could and was not the typical damsel in distress. Bosh is a cinnamon roll and I kind of love him. Ha ha. And um, hello, I kept What a gem (or should I say seashell?) of a book! Lol. This sequel delivers on everything TSK promises: continuing Arie and Kadin's story and sweeping us up in a new tale with Rena. I absolutely adored Rena's voice and appreciated all the metaphors she used involving the ocean, things only she would say. Despite Arie being helpless at times, she fought as hard as she could and was not the typical damsel in distress. Bosh is a cinnamon roll and I kind of love him. Ha ha. And um, hello, I kept turning the page with the love triangle ! Such an exciting and well-written story. Bethany is killin it with this series and I can't wait for The Cursed Hunter!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Merie Shen

    A worthy sequel. Gideon is a real person. Rena is ❤ And I really don't want to wait for the third book... Full rtc A worthy sequel. Gideon is a real person. Rena is ❤️ And I really don't want to wait for the third book... Full rtc

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Holmes

    I really liked this lose retelling of the little mermaid. I actually watched the movie a few weeks ago. I like how in the book Rena was blunt and honest. The undersea world building was done amazingly. I liked seeing Arie and Kadin's story continue. The pacing of the book was good, and it was hard for me to put down.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sutton

    I went into this story super excited to find out more about Rena and Arie, and I was left unable to wait for the next book! I seriously read this book in one sitting (which left everything aching, but so worth it!). I absolutely loved The Stolen Kingdom, and book two did not disappoint. The Jinni Keys world-building was actually one of my favorites, so complex and detailed and very fun. The characters were all easy to connect with too, with funny wits and realistic feelings. I was especially I went into this story super excited to find out more about Rena and Arie, and I was left unable to wait for the next book! I seriously read this book in one sitting (which left everything aching, but so worth it!). I absolutely loved The Stolen Kingdom, and book two did not disappoint. The Jinni Key’s world-building was actually one of my favorites, so complex and detailed and very fun. The characters were all easy to connect with too, with funny wits and realistic feelings. I was especially interested in Gideon, and wished we could've gotten a bit more of his backstory. I've got a feeling it's going to be coming soon! I could see glimpses of The Little Mermaid throughout (which makes total sense, since this is a LM retelling!). It just made the story feel so familiar and exciting, a classic feel on a brand new story. I can’t wait to see what Bethany does with the rest of the series, and I definitely know I’m locked in for this ride! ** I received an ARC copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tristan Munoz

    If you had to give up a major part of yourself for love, would you do it? This is a decision Rena is faced with in The Jinni Key. On her 16th birthday, Rena spends a day above water and witnesses a Jinni fall from the sky. A year later, she trades her fin for legs as she searches for her love. The rest of the book is a fast paced story of exciting adventures and love - making this book one that is difficult to put down! At the end of The Stolen Kingdom (Book 1 in the Stolen Kingdom Series - a If you had to give up a major part of yourself for love, would you do it? This is a decision Rena is faced with in The Jinni Key. On her 16th birthday, Rena spends a day above water and witnesses a Jinni fall from the sky. A year later, she trades her fin for legs as she searches for her love. The rest of the book is a fast paced story of exciting adventures and love - making this book one that is difficult to put down! At the end of The Stolen Kingdom (Book 1 in the Stolen Kingdom Series - a loose Aladdin retelling) I was more than curious as to how @authorbethanyatazadeh would connect the books - she did not disappoint with this loose Little Mermaid retelling!! I love that Bethany used the characters from the first book and introduced the new characters while flawlessly interweaving the plots of the two stories together. While I can guess at the general idea and some of the characters mentioned in The Jinni Key that will link The Cursed Hunter (a loose Beauty and the Beast retelling) to the first two books, I'm anxious to discover how Bethany will use her writing magic to pull the new story into the first two!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nichole (bookmom4ever)

    I received an ARC from the author. 4.5 Stars I loved the first book Stolen Kingdom and couldn't wait to read the next installment. I was thrilled to get an ARC copy and read it quickly. The book starts with some background on Rena and how she met Gideon. It then jumps right back into continuing the story from the first book. The stories are well connected and I still love Arie and Kadin. It was a fun, and wonderful story. I loved the Little Mermaid as I kid and was happy to see how great this I received an ARC from the author. 4.5 Stars I loved the first book Stolen Kingdom and couldn't wait to read the next installment. I was thrilled to get an ARC copy and read it quickly. The book starts with some background on Rena and how she met Gideon. It then jumps right back into continuing the story from the first book. The stories are well connected and I still love Arie and Kadin. It was a fun, and wonderful story. I loved the Little Mermaid as I kid and was happy to see how great this turned out. I don't want to give anything away but safe to say if you liked Stolen Kingdom, you'll also enjoy this book. Looking forward to reading the third installment.

  22. 5 out of 5

    A. K.

    I really liked The Stolen Kingdom and was excited to read this sequel, but it was very disappointing. A much younger audience (like 11-13) might like it as at times it feels very middle grade. I personally had trouble getting through it. The characters lack agency and spend most of the book waiting for things to happen. The two main storylines have no real connection and feel forced together. Renas character is very immature and unlikable, Aries chapters are very repetitive and just a less I really liked The Stolen Kingdom and was excited to read this sequel, but it was very disappointing. A much younger audience (like 11-13) might like it as at times it feels very middle grade. I personally had trouble getting through it. The characters lack agency and spend most of the book waiting for things to happen. The two main storylines have no real connection and feel forced together. Rena’s character is very immature and unlikable, Arie’s chapters are very repetitive and just a less interesting copy of what happened in the previous book, and Kadin’s POV is unnecessary—his scenes either serve to drag the plot with filler, or to tell what is happening to other characters instead of showing through their perspectives. One thing that was done well was how all of Rena’s language accurately centered around the sea, and I wish that the worldbuilding of the undersea world and culture had been developed more. I will buy and read the next book in this series because I do think the author is a good writer and I’m hoping this book was a fluke. Ultimately, if you would like to support the author (and drool over the beautiful cover) go ahead and get this book, but if you are only interested in the story, you could probably skip this entirely and wait for the next installment. Since so little is developed in this book, a one sentence summary of the only relevant reveal could have you knowing everything you need to continue with the series. I do still recommend The Stolen Kingdom, and I absolutely recommend following this author on all of her platforms for excellent advice about the industry. I look forward to reading her future work.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Martin

    This book was magical and absolutely enthralling. The characters feel so real. The world is easy to get absorbed into. It's by far the best retelling of The Little Mermaid I've read. Bethany Atazadeh has a gift (or maybe a Gift?), and I can't wait for the third installment in the series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Athena

    ARC REVIEW TO COME

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Swartz

    Like the first one, I loved this book. It expanded the characters from the first book and I loved every minute of it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    Review to come.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Soraia Pólvora

    The Jinni Key is the second book in The Stolen Kingdom series and is a loose (very loose) retelling of The Little Mermaid! Here we follow Renas journey on land and we learn about love and what makes humans, well, humans. I really loved this book, it was an easy and fun reading. Bethany Atazadehs writing style is beautiful and simple to read (Im used to read in English but it's not my mother tongue so I struggle sometimes), without an excessive use of similarities and metaphors. The pace was The Jinni Key is the second book in The Stolen Kingdom series and is a loose (very loose) retelling of The Little Mermaid! Here we follow Rena’s journey on land and we learn about love and what makes humans, well, humans. I really loved this book, it was an easy and fun reading. Bethany Atazadeh’s writing style is beautiful and simple to read (I’m used to read in English but it's not my mother tongue so I struggle sometimes), without an excessive use of similarities and metaphors. The pace was very good, very engaging, the short chapters’ format help the flow of the story. In terms of world building it was very simple and concise, with descriptions along the story and without long paragraphs of info dumping. For me it’s perfect, it works very well, but if you’re one of those persons who love to have every detail of a super well-developed world maybe this isn’t for you. I loved the really small references to the original tale ((view spoiler)[Rena’s red hair, the shells with spells, the deal for the legs, the rock (hide spoiler)] ), like in TSK these are really really subtle and only who knows the story will notice. Half the time I was like “I see what you did there, very clever” and I loved! The plot was good and although it felt a little too simple the execution was really beautiful. The plot twists were predictable and I could easily predict the end at the beginning of the novel but that doesn’t take the fun of seeing those things happening. The characters… well… I have mixed feelings about them. Rena, our main Main Character, was really childish and naïve for a 17 old girl who has been through a lot while growing up (let’s say the Mere are not loving, caring people). Sometimes she was really annoying, especially at the beginning of the novel, but I guess it was supposed to be like that? Her character arc was really good, she learnt a lot of things and I could see her character growth. We got to see little of Arie in this novel so I believe that’s why her character arc was a bit flat, in comparison with The Stolen Kingdom. Her POV scenes didn’t capture my attention as much as the first novel did. I mean, she was in a terrible situation ((view spoiler)[the Jinni invaded her kingdom, her father died, her mind was captured and she almost got mad (hide spoiler)] ) and I never felt like she was in real danger, I never feared for her like I feared in the first book. And Kadin… oh God, he annoyed me SO much in this novel! I felt like he wasn’t the same Kadin I grew to love. I mean, in TSK he was a 19 year old boy with great intelligence, very charismatic, very honest and he took risks, he was the kind of person that went against all odds! But here he is an idiot in love that couldn’t see the most obvious things! His whole chapters revolve around Arie, saving her was the only thing he thought but I never felt he was doing something in order to make that happen. He grew as a character in TSK, in which he learnt to trust and accept the Jinni Gifts, but in TJK his arc felt super flat. I’m sorry, but I missed the old Kadin. Finally Bosh, the sweetest boy I’ve came across in a long time. I just fell in love with him. I felt he was very different from the Bosh in TSK but in an amazing way. He was kind, funny, and charismatic with a heart of gold! He felt like one of those persons that lights up a room with their presence, and make you smile even in the darkest moment. I found myself smiling like an idiot every time he was in the page. ((view spoiler)[I really feared for him in the end! If he had died I would be devastated, however I think it would raise the stakes for the next book (hide spoiler)] ). I don’t have much to say about the other characters. Gideon was Gideon, King Amir was like a child playing an adults game (he felt more like a villain in the first book, here he was just bossing others around), Enoch was a weird character to read and I don’t really know how I feel about him. There was a character ((view spoiler)[ a Jinni (hide spoiler)] ) that appears at the beginning of the novel, say half a dozen of things than vanishes and we never get to see him again. I don’t know if this would be relevant for future books but in here it felt like a loose end. On a final note, if you’re like me, and you love fairy tales and new, unique, wonderful retellings than this is definitely for you. I anxiously wait for the next book in the series!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne MacTavish

    4.5 Stars This was such a fun book and a great sequel to The Stolen Kingdom. Being a great blend of both a Little Mermaid retelling and the continuation of Arie and Kadins story from the first book made some of the twists and turns very unpredictable and, Ill be honest, things did not go exactly the way I thought they would. Which is a exactly what I want in a book because, in the end, I want to be surprised. I also loved getting Renas point of view, with her fun and quirky personality and her 4.5 Stars This was such a fun book and a great sequel to The Stolen Kingdom. Being a great blend of both a Little Mermaid retelling and the continuation of Arie and Kadin’s story from the first book made some of the twists and turns very unpredictable and, I’ll be honest, things did not go exactly the way I thought they would. Which is a exactly what I want in a book because, in the end, I want to be surprised. I also loved getting Rena’s point of view, with her fun and quirky personality and her unique perspective on things. Learning more about both Rena and Gideon’s backgrounds, along with the Mere and Jinn in general, both answered some questions from the first book and also brought up a whole slew of new ones that are still waiting to be answered. I can’t wait to read the last two books and see how these stories all wrap up in the end.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Saku

    This is the second book in the Stolen Kingdom series and it did not disappoint. We continued our journey in Aries fight to take back her mind and kingdom while learning more about strong headed, determined, and a bit naive mermaid, Rena. The character development of our main characters from The Stolen Kingdom was beautifully written and well crafted. Kadin is learning to trust, while Bosh becomes a more prominent character. We get a deeper look into Gideons story and are left with so many This is the second book in the “Stolen Kingdom” series and it did not disappoint. We continued our journey in Arie’s fight to take back her mind and kingdom while learning more about strong headed, determined, and a bit naive mermaid, Rena. The character development of our main characters from “The Stolen Kingdom” was beautifully written and well crafted. Kadin is learning to trust, while Bosh becomes a more prominent character. We get a deeper look into Gideon’s story and are left with so many questions and intriguing ideas surrounding him. A theme that I really enjoyed is the working together to accomplish a goal. Each character played a part in getting to the end result of the book. I found myself getting emotional at points, as I really connected with the characters and their lives. I cannot wait for the third book, “The Cursed Hunter”!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Timi V

    I will be sincere the beginning went quite slow for me, 25% of the book Ive read for almost 3 months but the last 75% Ive read in just a few hours instead of sleeping because it was so good...omg... I thought the first book was amazing, but this one just blew my mind...the plot twist for me was so unexpected and I just loved Rena, she reminded me of someone...oh yes, myself 😂 Bethany did it again! Shes the best! Her books are amazing so is she and I cannot wait to read many more books written by I will be sincere the beginning went quite slow for me, 25% of the book I’ve read for almost 3 months but the last 75% I’ve read in just a few hours instead of sleeping because it was so good...omg... I thought the first book was amazing, but this one just blew my mind...the plot twist for me was so unexpected and I just loved Rena, she reminded me of someone...oh yes, myself 😂 Bethany did it again! She’s the best! Her books are amazing so is she and I cannot wait to read many more books written by her.

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