Sunday, August 25, 2013

BlogTour - Review: Released

Title - Released 
Author - Mia Fox 
Series - Romani Realms #1
Genre - YA Romance Genies
Format - kindle review copy
Published - April 12th 2013
Publisher - Evatopia Press 


The discovery of an ancient bottle unleashes a Genie - and the wrath of the Demon Gypsies chasing her...

When Suzette (“Suki”) is released from her bottle by two teen girls, she is more than a bit surprised that a Genie of her calibre is beholden to two average high school students. After dealing with dignitaries and noblemen, however, she believes this will be a welcome break.

Until she discovers the teens’ hidden powers and that one will come to possess the Amulet of Pollox, a necklace that contains the secrets from some of the greatest minds throughout history. Unfortunately, she’s not the only one who notices. The Amulet draws the attention of the two powerful and vengeful Demon Gypsies who have pursued Suki through time and will stop at nothing to snatch the girls and the Amulet.

Suddenly, Suki is not just helping the girls navigate high school crushes, she’s safeguarding them from danger unlike anything they’ve ever known. To make matters more complicated, she must also fight her attraction to James - her protector through the ages - whose sudden arrival threatens her resolve and her heart.  

A time-traveling Genie and her unrequited love...

Demon Gypsies with an insatiable quest for power...

And the teen girls whose existence threatens them all.

This is the world of “Released,” book one of The Romani Realms series by Mia Fox, a Young Adult trilogy featuring elements of paranormal romance and steampunk.


I received Released in return for an honest review as part of the tour hosted by B3 Tours. Suzette known as Suki is a Genie in a bottle and has been for centuries. In the past she has inspired men to do great things now she’s been released by two teenage girls who are being stalked by Suki’s enemy Raven and her partner. As Suki attempts to figure out why the girls are special Raven and Phineas try to lure them away so that they can steal the powerful amulet.

Both Charlotte and Samantha may be in high school but they are living on their own so when they happen to open a bottle that releases Suki a powerful Genie good thing start happening like a new place to live and shopping. Yet darkness is looming all around then, even threatening their lives as Samantha is almost killed in an accident. Suki will have to save the girls from Raven the gypsy dead set on revenge. Yet as the girls are different in Suki’s life she also finds a man who sparks her interest stirring new emotions but he has secrets that could change everything. Will Suki be able to stop Raven and save the girls before it’s too late?

Suki is a Genie who married a man who grew bored with her after she had told him stories for 1001 days, where as she was turned into a Genie granted a second life but forced to live in the bottle until someone opens it. Unlike your traditional grant wishes and gone type of Genie she grows attached to those who release her from the bottle, she’s more a muse then a Genie. The girls are interesting, they are a little frustrating but it’s because they aren't your popular girls but in the end I was cheering them on.

I jumped at the chance to read a book about Genies I've always been a fan since “I dream of Genie” which is how I picture Suki. She’s an awesome character I found the concept for her character unique and very interesting plus the little tidbits of history. The girls aren't bad but I felt the spotlight went to Suki which is maybe why I really loved her story. I think the author has done a fantastic job of putting her own little spin on a Genie story. The characters are all engaging you can’t help hating Raven even though her reasons are understandable even though I think she needs to move on. Released is a captivating fast paced story filled with time/realm travel, romance, mystery and enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat. I actually read this one during an afternoon on the beach it’s a perfect way to spend a lazy day. This is my first book by Mia Fox but I’m looking forward to checking out more books. A truly enjoyable read that teens as well as adults will enjoy plus a beautiful cover. What can I say I’m a cover girl love them!
4 out of 5 stars

Author Bio:

Mia Fox is a Los Angeles-based novelist who writes across varied genres including 
contemporary fiction, chick lit, and young adult/new adult. She received a Bachelor 
of Arts degree in Communications from U.S.C. followed by a Masters Degree in 
Professional Writing also from U.S.C.
A lifelong reader and history lover, Mia enjoys infusing her writing with details of the 
past as she has done in her first book, "Released," part of the Romani Realms trilogy, 
which combines paranormal romance with elements of steampunk.
Her follow up book, "Alert the Media," is based on her previous professional life working 
as an entertainment publicist. Today, she is happy to leave that world behind her, 
preferring that any drama in her life is only that which she creates for her characters.
Mia is happily married to her best-friend, a Brit who has inspired her with annual visits to 
England, an appreciation for dark chocolate, and the blessing of their three children.


1 comment:

  1. Wonderful review and I love the cover, so happy you enjoyed this Mandy :)