Saturday, August 6, 2016

Bottled by Carol Riggs
by Carol Riggs

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Clean Reads (July 4, 2016)
Publication Date: July 4, 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 227 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

At seventeen, Adeelah Naji is transformed into a genie and imprisoned in a bottle. For a thousand years, she fulfills the wishes of greedy masters—building their palaces, lining their pockets with gold, and granting them every earthly pleasure. All that sustains her is the hope of finding Karim, the boy she fell in love with as a human. When at last she finds a note from her beloved, she confirms he has access to the elixir of life and that he still searches for her.

But someone else also hunts her. Faruq—the man who plots to use her powers to murder and seize the life forces of others—is just one step behind her. With the help of a kind master named Nathan, Adeelah continues to search for Karim while trying to evade Faruq. To complicate matters, she begins to experience growing fatigue and pain after conjuring, and finds herself struggling against an undeniable attraction to Nathan.

As Faruq closes in, Adeelah must decide just how much she’ll risk to protect Nathan and be with Karim forever. How much power does she really have to change her future, and what is she willing to sacrifice for an eternity of love? If she makes the wrong choice, the deaths of many will be on her hands.

Bottled by Carol Riggs

BottledOne thousand years ago, in a land far from here two teens fell in love, but Karim’s father, selfish, vile and greedy used dark magic to entrap the beautiful Adeelah into becoming a genie, for eternity with himself as her master. Faruq desired to live for eternity, with all of the wealth that would entail and bound by the spell, and the nature of being a genie, Adeelah must obey by creating the elixir of life.

As centuries pass, she serves several masters until the day seventeen-year-old Nathan accidentally discovers her in a jar in his mother’s shop. From Nathan, Adeelah learns what it is like to e treated kindly and to have a master whose heart is good and pure. Still she yearns for the boy she left behind so long ago.

But she finds she is being stalked by Faruq and her Karim is with him. Is he still the boy she has loved for a thousand years or has he become twisted like his father in an effort to hold on to their immortality? She is tricked into being captured by Faruq and what he demands is impossible. Adeelah knows she is fading away, perhaps her time on Earth is over? Will she lose her magic before she can keep those she has learned to love safe?

Carol Riggs’ Bottled holds all the enchantment of the magic she writes about. A beautifully told tale, filled with characters that I could relate to. Small town teens, best friends and a squirrelly young child are only part of this amazing tale for teens. Without any doubt, the villain is a true evil person, a little crazed and obsessed with himself, I was doing the internal hissing every time his name was mentioned.

A delightful read for all ages, actually, equal parts sweet, heartbreaking and fantasy. I had to wonder, what would I wish for if I had a magic genie?

I received this copy from Carol Riggs in exchange for my honest review.

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