Curated Reading Lists

11 YA Books About Jinn/Djinn/Genies

I’m a genie in a novel, baby, you gotta read me the right way. If you wanna read with me, baby there’s a price to pay. I’m a genie in a novel . . . Have you been searching for the magic lamp so you can summon your own jinni and wish for more books about jinn/djinn/genies? In honor of the release of BLOOD PASSAGE, the sequel to EXQUISITE CAPTIVE by Heather Demetrios, we decided to summon our own book recommendation jinni.

We wished for a list of books about our favorite wish-granters, and you know what he said?

Get ready to be pulled into the stunning worlds of these novels!

1) The Dark Caravan Cycle by Heather Demetrios

This modern fantasy-adventure trilogy tells the story of a fierce eighteen-year-old jinni who is pitted against two magnetic adversaries, both of whom want her—and need her—to make their wishes come true.

Exquisite Captive

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she now serves Malek, her handsome, cruel master. The only hope for her to escape and rescue her brother is with Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

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Blood Passage

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2) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

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3) A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell

Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?

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4) As You Wish by Jackson Pearce

Ever since Viola’s boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—for someone to love her again and, most important, to belong again—until her wishes inadvertently summon a genie named Jinn out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes. But it’s only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she’s in love with Jinn … and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.

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5) The Jinni Wars series by Amber Lough

Najwa is a jinni, traning to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad—which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish that makes them fall apart and re-form … as each other. When this jinni and  human trade lives, they’ll discover far more than they wished for.

The Fire Wish 

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The Blind Wish

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6) The Secret of Ka by Christopher Pike

One minute Sara’s bored on vacation in Istanbul, the next, she’s unearthed a flying carpet that cleverly drags her to the mysterious Island of the Djinn. When she and her friend Amesh summon a djinn beyond their control, Sara must battle creatures even deadlier than djinn. She can save mankind, herself, or the boy she cares for. Who will she be forced to sacrifice?

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7) Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

Sixteen-year-old Azra is a teenage girl whose Jinn ancestry transforms her into a modern-day genie. With the power to grant anyone’s wish but her own, Azra pretends to be human, evading her Jinn destiny. But when she discovers she may not be like the rest of her circle of Jinn, will her powers save or endanger them all?

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8) The Art of Wishing series by Lindsay Ribar

Margo McKenna has a plan for everything, so when she finds herself in possession of a genie’s ring and the chance to make three wishes, she doesn’t know what to do. But Oliver is more than just a genie—he’s also a sophomore at Margo’s high school, and he’s on the run from a murderer. As he and Margo grow closer, she discovers that it will take more than three wishes to save him. A whole lot more.

The Art of Wishing

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The Fourth Wish

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9) The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal and she must disguise herself to stay alive. But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

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10) I Wish series by Elizabeth Langston

In this series by Elizabeth Langston, genies have different rules. Instead of only three wishes, this genie will give you one wish per day for an entire month. But there’s a catch—the wishes must be humanly possible.

I Wish

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Wishing for You

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11) Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

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How many books on this list have you read? Are there any titles we forgot? Tell us in the comments!

Still wishing for more jinni magic? Follow the links below:

Heather Demetrios’ Ultimate Wishlist

Reading Playlist: Exquisite Captive