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Review: 12. I Dream of Genies by Judi Fennell...

January 21, 2011
D'ya know what sprang to mind when I saw this title for the first time? That old TV show I Dream of Jeannie, with Barbara Eden. I loved that show!

i dream of genies
Title: I Dream of Genies (the first book of a new trilogy)
Author: Judi Fennell
ISBN-13: 9781402241895
ARC: 393 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2011
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Source: Sourcebooks

drey's thoughts:
Jeannie is Eden, the Major is Matt Ewing, and I'm still trying to find a reference for Obo, the talking cat... For those too young to know, Jeannie was played by Barbara Eden, and Larry Hagman (the Major) also played J.R. Ewing in Dallas. I like the author's sense of humor!

I Dream of Genies is a fun, light-hearted read. Eden is hilarious, Obo is entertaining, and Matt is the reluctant hero. Together, the three get into all sorts of hijinks, especially while running from the bad guy, Grand Vizier Faruq. Are they successful? Or will Eden get stoppered up in a bottle again?

Character: I think the characters in this story were pretty stereotypical. But they all had a part to play, and they did it well.

Pace & Plot: I Dream of Genies started off a little slow, with Eden in her bottle getting bored. Doesn't bode well for the reader, does it? But it was a good way to introduce Matt... And once she busts free, the pace picks up, and things start happening--probably just a little too many things, for Eden!

drey's rating: 3/5 Good: A quick and fun read to while away a few hours with.

2011 Challenge: New Author

Have you read I Dream of Genies? What did you think?


Judi Fennell said...

So glad you got the Ewing reference. :)

Obo isn't modeled after anyone on the show; he's definitely his own character--as he would tell you himself if he was, ya know, real...

Thanks for the review. Glad you enjoyed it!

holdenj said...

I thought the same thing as I read the title, how fun that Judi had tied that in!

drey said...

Thanks for coming by, Judi!! Did I totally age myself by letting on that I've watched I Dream of Jeannie and Dallas??

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