The Iron Will of Genie Lo

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Abrams, Jan 14, 2020 - Young Adult Fiction - 304 pages
The fate of the heavens is at stake in this hilarious and highly-anticipated sequel to the The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi

Genie Lo thought she was busy last year, juggling her academic career with protecting the Bay Area from demons. But now, as the Heaven-appointed Guardian of California, she’s responsible for the well-being of all yaoguai and spirits on Earth. Even the ones who interrupt her long-weekend visit to a prestigious college, bearing terrible news about a cosmos-threatening force of destruction in a nearby alternate dimension.

The goddess Guanyin and Genie’s boyfriend, Quentin Sun Wukong, do their best to help, but it’s really the Jade Emperor who’s supposed to handle crises of this magnitude. Unfortunately for Genie and the rest of existence, he’s gone AWOL. Fed up with the Jade Emperor’s negligence, Genie spots an opportunity to change the system for the better by undertaking a quest that spans multiple planes of reality along with an adventuring party of quarrelsome Chinese gods. But when faced with true danger, Genie and her friends realize that what will save the universe this time isn’t strength, but sacrifice.

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Genie Lo is a senior in high school thinking of the future. She is a star volleyball player and has a boyfriend named Quentin. Genie is human but has been gifted with god-like powers. As Shouhushen she’s responsible for all the demon spirits living on Earth. Her boyfriend is Sun Wukong the Monkey King and Genie is the reincarnation of a renowned weapon once owned by him. Between dealing with demon issues, trying to figure out her academic future and worrying about her parents she pretty much has her hands full. Then when Heaven’s Army is practically massacred by an unseen foe, it is up to Genie, Quentin and a small band of heroes to try and save the universe.
Genie is funny. She’s loyal, stubborn, full of heart, and a great hero. Filled with action, some Chinese mythology and a touch of romance it’s a solid series ending for Genie Lo. I enjoyed it and thought it was a fun read, but it wasn’t a favorite. I give it 3.5 stars.


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Outside of writing, F. C. Yee practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts, and has a day job mostly involving spreadsheets. His debut YA novel, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, released in August 2017 to critical acclaim. He lives and writes in Denver. The Shadow of Kyoshi was written in consultation with Michael Dante DiMartino, the co-creator, executive producer, and story editor of the animated TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.

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