Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Review Tour and Giveaway: Jinnspeark by MS Farzan



Jinnspeak
by M. S. Farzan


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GENRE: Young adult urban fantasy/magic realism

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BLURB:

Zahra's algebra midterm is in one month, but more importantly, the Winter Formal is only two weeks away. Fitting into high school is hard enough for the Pakistani American teenager, particularly when a fire spirit begins appearing in her dreams, speaking to her in a language she doesn’t understand. Meanwhile, a secret cult at her school begins to carry out a nefarious plot, with only the Magic Club – and its newest member, Zahra – standing in its way. A popular multiplayer online roleplaying game may hold the secret to saving Golden Mountain High School, but only if Zahra can decipher her perplexing new talent – Jinnspeak.

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EXCERPT

Zahra took a step backwards in her dream, afraid, but curious despite her fear.  The fire spirit gave off no heat, but she felt as though her skin was hot and sweaty in the cold night.  Her eyes strained to pierce the flames, but she could see nothing more pronounced than the glowing white orbs that gazed back at her.

“What,” Zahra’s voice was dry in her throat, falling like dry leaves onto the crimson field.  “What are you?” she asked slowly of the figure standing patiently in front of her.

The fire spirit’s eyes flashed once, brilliant against the flames.  A voice whispered into her mind, hazy and raspy but distinguishable nonetheless.

Ana siddiquki, it spoke, the sound of crackling embers and burning twigs.

Zahra felt her brow furrow, and her courage slowly returning.  “What?” she said again, taking a step forward.

The figure stood placidly, calm despite its raging form.  It extended one long, flame-encrusted arm towards her, beckoning her to look at something.

She complied, following the fire spirit’s arm with her eyes.  The field remained red and empty, save for a shimmering, oblong portal that began to stain the horizon.  The doorway rapidly moved closer, enveloping the field and blocking everything else from view.  The sight of it made Zahra uncomfortable, and she could begin to see figures writhing within the flickering gateway.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

M. S. Farzan was born in London, UK and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has a B.A. in Integrative Biology, M.A. in Religious Leadership for Social Change, and Ph.D. in Cultural and Historical Studies of Religions. He has written and worked for high-profile video game companies and editorial websites such as Electronic Arts, Perfect World Entertainment, and MMORPG.com, and has trained in and taught Japanese martial arts for over ten years. He also enjoys soccer, baseball, and games of all kinds.

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Jinnspeak-Novella-M-S-Farzan-ebook/dp/B079LQT2Y9/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sominator

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GIVEAWAY 

M. S. Farzan will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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May 23: Bri's Book Nook
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My Review

I went outside my usual genre with Jinnspeak. It is a short and quick read with about 125 pages. I usually get lost or confused when reading fantasy book, but had no trouble at all following with this one. I thought it was pretty good. Zahra goes on quite a magical adventure. I enjoyed finding out what would happen next.

I give Jinnspeak four stars and recommend it to those who enjoy young adult and fantasy stories. 


I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion. 



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19 comments:

  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  2. Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the excerpt and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters and now my twin daughters who all love to read. We have found some amazing books for everyone. So, thank you!

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  3. This looks like a fun read. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  4. This sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing your review!

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

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  6. Thanks 4 sharing this blog post with me.

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  7. What is your favorite book of all time? Thanks for hosting. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980@hotmail.com

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    1. It may sound cliche, but the LOTR spurred my interest in reading and writing fantasy and scifi. How about you?

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  8. I imagine your religious studies degree came in handy for the creation of your novel. Sounds intriguing.

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    1. Absolutely! Much of the inspiration for the book came from my grad studies.

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    1. A bit of both! I mostly read print books, but am not opposed to reading ebooks if they find their way onto my kindle. :)

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  10. Do you prefer audio or books you read?

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    1. Once in a while I'll listen to an audio book. I listen to podcasts more often.

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