REVIEW: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo // Percy Jackson, but Asian… and better?

epiccrushgenieloTitle: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Author: F.C. Yee

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 336

Release Date: August 8, 2017

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Synopsis:

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.

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I was so excited to finally get my hands on a copy of this book after hearing such wonderful things about it across the book community. People were comparing it to Percy Jackson – and I love Percy Jackson.

Although The Epic Crush of Genie Lo didn’t quite live up to my expectations – note that my expectations were sky-high – I still vastly enjoyed the adventure of Genie Lo and Quentin Sun.

I’m going to go ahead and list a pro and con list because I think it’s the best way for me to organize my overall thoughts and then I will properly review.

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Pros:

  • strong female heroine
  • Chinese mythology (we need more books with Asian mythology it’s so interesting!!)
  • School-focused protagonist
  • humor
  • slow-burn romance
  • fight scenes
  • mentioned bubble tea three times (no, i wasn’t counting…)

Cons:

  • the romance?? I don’t know, I felt like it was obvious who was going to get together but in YA it’s always like that so I probably shouldn’t be listing that as a con.
  • the writing. There was something about the writing that I didn’t really like. I think it was the constant usage of similes and metaphors. They were like – everywhere.
  • Quentin. Something about him didn’t sit well with me.

I really loved Genie. She is a wonderful protagonist. She’s very hard-headed and stubborn though which can get annoying at times, but she always came through in the end. I think that the author did a great job writing her. She thought Quentin was cute throughout the book but it was never overboard. The author is a guy so I was a bit nervous, but he ended up doing a great job writing her.

“People can always say I don’t look impressive enough, but they can’t argue over how strong I am once I punch them in the face.”

Quentin was great as well, but he seemed a bit… I don’t know, inconsistent? He was an interesting character – being a monkey prince and all – but I think I was just expecting something different from him? And I know it was a misunderstanding but ever since he told Genie that she “belonged” to him I had a weird feeling towards him (even though it made sense why he said it).

The Gods and demons in the story were so interesting though!!! I loved the goddess Guanyin. She was strong and powerful and I really hope Genie and her become friends in future books because there’s so much potential there.

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Something that made me so happy to see is Genie’s dedication to her education. She might be the reincarnation of the Monkey King’s magic stick but she’s definitely not going to skip school with a light heart to fight off demons. I loved seeing a main YA character like this.

I also loved seeing her relationship with her parents. YES!! Parents play a significant part in this book and I am LIVING for it!! Also, her parents are separated so it was interesting to see how Genie deals with that separation.

Let’s move onto the romance. The romance was there, and it was evident from the beginning that Quentin was the love interest (I mean, cute new guy that claims that you’re his… kinda obvious) so I was kind of just waiting the entire book for something to happen and I am so happy that it wasn’t insta-love. Slow-burn for the win!

Also, Quentin and Genie were adorable. The cutest thing would have to be their height differences. Usually the guy’s taller but this time time Genie towers over Quentin and I loved that.

i also matched GOT7’s Never Ever with Quentin’s character since he told Genie that she belonged to him *wink wink*

#OwnVoices Reviews:

I usually don’t link to own voices reviews but I think this is something I should start doing. And since this is a pretty popular book there are some I’d like to share.

CW @ Read Think Ponder

Aila @ One Way or An Author

Julianna @ Blots of Ink and Words

Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

**there are also two other ownvoices reviews that i could show you but they’re 1-2 star ratings (you know who you are), and they say the asian rep is good**

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My Rating: 4 Stars

I really loved this book because of the humor, strong female heroine, and Chinese mythology. I can’t wait for the next installment of the series to come out. For some reason I can’t quite rate it 5 stars, but I’d still highly recommend it.

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i love this drama – also can’t you imagine genie doing this with quentin?

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Are you a fan of Percy Jackson? If so, do you think you’d like The Epic Crush of Genie Lo? What other mythologies would you like to see in books?

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27 thoughts on “REVIEW: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo // Percy Jackson, but Asian… and better?

  1. OOO I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I guess I didn’t mind the writing since I’m all about similes and metaphors (and puns), but Quentin did feel a little weird with the whole, “Hey, you’re mine! I flung you around millions of times!” It sounded possessive? I don’t like possessive? 🤔

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  3. DID YOU JUST SUBTWEET ME SAVANNAH YOU LITTLE BRAT 😂😂

    ugh I really hate this book so much and I’m really tempted to bring down the rating but the Asian repppp. I didn’t even relate much to the rep tho since it was mainly mythology?? 😂 but yeah, the romance & writing was so WEIRD?? monkey and a sword?? together??? no thanks. and god I HATED the writing. HATED it. it tried too hard to be funny or witty or sarcastic and ended up cringy. 🤦🏻 (also you’re right, Quentin was weird.) BUT. I’m super glad you enjoyed it & fantastic review!!

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    • thebookprophet

      YES, I DID! I did it to ilsa this time too though so at least you’re not called out singularly like last time xD
      “monkey and a sword ” HaHAha when you say it like THAT it definitely sounds weird!! I found most of the humor funny myself but I will give it to you – some of it was a bit cringe-inducing.

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    • thebookprophet

      Me neither but it’s a topic that interests me (anything asian culture or mythology of any sort) which I think is why I enjoyed this so much. Thank you for reading 🙂

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  4. ahahahahah I THINK I AM THE ONE STAR reVIEW OOOOOOPS. I did think the Asian rep was great and all and I think the Chinese mythology was good but I didn’t like ANYTHING about the book. I found the writing sooo awkward like there were phrases like “Ughhhhhh.” and??? I just felt it was so out of place and the writer was trying to be “cool” but it flopped. I found Genie annoying and Quentin creepy and ahhh I don’t think this one was for me. I am GLAD you enjoyed it though!!

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    • thebookprophet

      YOU ARE. The writing was awkward at times, and Quentin bothered me a bit which bumped it down a star for me but it didn’t completely smother my love for the rest of it like with you haha.

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  5. Lovely review! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this book – it has been very popular around the blogosphere for a while, I think the hype died down a little bit for now… which means I can get to it without having sky-high expectations, hopefully haha 🙂 And YAY fo parents being present in this story, I love when that happens. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on that one 🙂

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    • thebookprophet

      Yeah I haven’t heard much about it for a couple months – a great time to read it so you won’t go in with such high expectations. Yes, I loved the parents being present!! It’s SO rare so it mad me happy seeing it. Thank you for reading and commenting 😀

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  6. I am glad I finally got to read your review! I hear you on Quentin … he felt a bit aloof for me? I just figured it comes with the territory of being an immortal. Immortals are weird, especially towards humans hahaha but yeah, that beginning “possessiveness” made him feel off a bit at times.

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