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Mina Khan is a Texas-based writer and food enthusiast. She daydreams of hunky paranormal heroes, magic, mayhem and mischief and writes them down as stories. Between stories, she teaches culinary classes and writes for her local newspaper. Other than that, she's raising a family of two children, two cats, two dogs and a husband.
She grew up in Bangladesh on stories of djinns, ghosts and monsters. These childhood fancies now color her fiction. Her debut novella, THE DJINN’S DILEMMA was published November 2011. A second novella, A TALE OF TWO DJINNS, came out March 2012.
Also, she is donating fifty percent of the proceeds of A TALE OF TWO DJINNS to UNICEF because education is important to her.
on Oct. 22, 2013 :
4.5 stars I recieve a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.Before I start my review, I must say djinns are amongst my favourite mythological creatures. So, know that this review is written by a fanatic djinns fan.I liked the book. It was extremely well written, no boring parts full of description. The only thing I have to say about the writing is that the mind-to-mind conversations should be outstanded from the main text so there is no confusion about it; and also a few cliché situations in the middle, nothing too bad. About the story I must say I found interesting the fact they didn't know each other aside from that battlefield experience. It wasn't "Oh, my! She's a princess, let's kill her. BOOM so in love I can't kill her now" kind of thing. What I didn't like was the water djinns being blue. It takes the humanity out of them, makes them aliens (that they are, but let's forget that for a minute). This was one of the best begining of a love story that I read, if not the best. Her atittude, her scars... I love everything about her. The "I'm only here to get pregnant" mood was hilarious and absolutly genious. The cowboy bar, I never saw that coming. What I saw coming was the end. It was too predictable, but still I was glad I was right (Mrs. Khan, don't worry, I kinda have this thing, I almost always can see it coming right from the start). The vilan had vilan all over his/her face.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
on July 21, 2013 :
Recommended for: Anyone who enjoys classic love stories with a paranormal twist.
A Tale of Two Djinns is a beautifully written classic love story with Romeo and Juliet themes. Warring Djinn cultures, Water and Earth have been battling about "water" for generations. The Water Djinns have it all and the Earth Djinns have none. The crown prince must prove himself by attempting to forcefully gain water through war by attacking the Water Djinns. Unfortunately this tactic has been a failure, also for generations.
Maya is a stubborn water Djinn determined to make her own way while Akshay is reluctant in playing the part of the crown prince. They both find their way to the human realm Akshay to forget about life for a while and celebrate the loss of his friend in battle, Maya to find a way to please her aunt and mother in their pressure for her to carry on their magical lineage.
They both walk in to the Lonesome Cowboy and fate steps in.
This is a well written novella. The author creates a clear picture of a beautiful alternate world of the Djinns filled with magic, wonder and war. Her world building is spot on and I was transported immediately into this fantasy dimension. The magic is believable as is the characters themselves. Maya and Akshay have amazing sexual tension that leads to well written love scenes. The novella is a quick read, I didn't want to put the book down...I lost a few hours of sleep last night!!! 4.5 stars, .5 star reduction for minor grammatical issues. ***book provided by the Author through PNR NaUBA group Author/Reader Exchange on Goodreads for an honest review.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Jason P. Crawford
on July 07, 2013 :
I rate this novella a 4.5/5. Here is my breakdown:
Characters: 5/5. The characters in Tale are rich and well developed. A novella offers less space for character development than a full novel, but you would never know that from reading this book. Both Mara and Shay are detailed, real people who I could imagine seeing in real life or a fantastically cast film. Motivations and depth abound, even in the background cast. Well done!
Plot/Storyline: 4.5/5. This novella is a paranormal romance with a decent level of "heat." While the love scenes are well written and not so graphic as to turn me away from the book, the storyline would have functioned just fine without them. Khan kept me guessing the whole time, and the final reveal of the true villain came as a complete surprise!
Flow: 5/5. There was nothing in this story which interrupted my enjoyment in any way. Descriptions were effective without being overbearing, the change in perspectives was handled well from one character to the next, and the story just generally went, just like it should.
Spelling/Grammar: 5/5. I don't recall any spelling or grammar mistakes in this story, so, congratulations and huzzah!
Overall: 4.5/5. This book had me from the beginning fight scene and kept me through the end. I read it in about an hour and a half, so it's a fast read, but well worth it! I've been thinking more and more about writing a genie story myself .>
Jason P. Crawford
(reviewed the day of purchase)