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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Genie's Curse



The Genie's Curse by Bronwyn Storm
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short story
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3 books
Reviewed by Peony

Agnes Frump has spent every moment of her thirty-one years outrunning her horrendous moniker. But push-up bras and hip music producing jobs can’t undo her orphan Annie red hair and Alfalfa freckles—nor can they make her best friend, Dillon McKenzie see her as anything but his buddy.

A midnight walk, a fateful fall, the discovery of a magic lamp, and Aggie's priorities shift. In her efforts to help Ebony, the kitten-genie and undo the curse of Aladdin’s lamp, she makes a fateful mistake—an inadvertent, “I wish I was in Dillon’s arms,” and Aggie wakes up in his arms, all right—as a stray dog.

Will Aggie and her genie figure out how to undo a wish gone wrong, or is she doomed to a life of Milk Bones, flea baths and loving Dillon from the foot of her doggy bed?

“The Genie’s Curse” is a classic tale of being careful what you wish for. Cute, and with sweet characters whose dialogue is witty and fun, this is a great lunchtime read. I read it while I took my lunch break and it certainly gave an added zing! to my dull sandwich!

Aggie finds a lamp, and there’s a genie named Ebony trapped inside. When she releases the genie she gets—you guessed it—three wishes. But wishing isn’t as easy at it would appear, and it isn’t long before Aggie is a dog. It brings her closer to the object of her affection, but not exactly the way she’d envisioned.

As I said, “The Genie’s Curse” is a great fast read. I have to admit, though, that there were enough little editorial details that needed correction that I was pulled out of the mood and the story more than once. Had they not been present this story would have read much more easily. Still, a new twist on an old story, told with lots of sweet romantic touches, makes “The Genie’s Curse” an enjoyable adventure.