by Emily Ford
Published February 8th 2012 by Ebook (first published January 1st 2012)
AND THE STORY BEGINS…
In the early morning hours nearing her 17th birthday, Cat Townsend woke to the sudden blur of a mysterious unknown man sitting on the edge of her bed. She did not feel fear — rather a strange calmness overtook her. In an instant their eyes locked, he lightly touched her hand, and then he disappeared into the nothingness of night.
Caught in that undefined place between asleep and awake, the moment felt hazy and surreal. A chill ran down Cat’s spine as she glances at the time – it’s 2:32 a.m.
What unfolds in the first book of The Djinn Master’s Legacy trilogy, is young Cat’s personal struggle with the overwhelming choice to accept a destiny of magic. As she contemplates the merits of unparalleled power, her new and ordinary world in Savannah, Georgia is understandably shaken. The closer her decision gets, the more twisted her life with family, friends and boyfriend becomes. Will she choose to give up everything she cherishes?
I had high hopes when I read the synopsis of 2:32 A.M. I have never read a book about genies, except for Arabian Nights, so I was expecting something fresh and new, but I was sadly disappointed. This story is fresh and new, but that is about the only positive thing about it. The writing style is terrible, it is written as though a high school student wrote it and didn’t proof read it before turning it in, I am a teacher and have experience with this. The plot concept is interesting and fresh, but the book was very difficult for me to get through as I want to pull out my red pen and make corrections every couple pages, which could be problematic since it is an ebook.
The story jumps around a lot, time passes very quickly, it is a bit disconcerting. There is almost no development of the characters, except for Cat, but even then what we learn is mostly superficial. All of the other characters are static, even her brother, Hayden, and her boyfriend, Todd. Her female friends are even worse. They are all terrible examples of females, though quite stereotypical when it comes to high school cheerleaders, though they are not cheerleaders, more like football groupies.
Sex is a big part of this book, do I have sex with this guy that I have a superficial relationship with or not? Will he stay with me after, even when he goes away to college on a full scholarship as the most sought after quarterback? Lord, help me; I want to slap Cat in the face most of the time. She is so super annoying; I can’t seem to figure out what makes her so special.
Then Cat goes to summer camp and completely forgets about Todd once she meets the blond guy from her dreams, Rolf. I am so confused by this change in her personality, it isn’t like she is torn, she just seems like she has multiple personalities. Then all of a sudden she is all about Rolf- but wants to keep Todd in the background, in case things don’t work with Rolf.
I could go on and on about this book, but I will actually get annoyed if I do and I don’t want to ruin my day complaining about a book that had so much potential, but fell so short of the mark that it is unbelievable.
If you want to give this book a try, please do, but it isn’t a great book for teenagers since Cat makes having sex seem like something someone just does and doesn’t even get mad at Todd when he tries to coerce her into having sex with him before he goes away to school. As an adult, this book was so annoying, I stated a few reasons above, and I will not be reading any more books in this trilogy.
I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy and also to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read.