Reviewed by Sarah Lelonek
2:32 a.m. (The Djinn Master’s Legacy) by Emily Ford is one of those books that I enjoyed but that disappointed me with the mechanics. The story follows a teenage girl named Cat who has been having rather odd dreams. Ford follows Cat’s relationships as well as supernatural occurrences throughout part of her high school career. The story definitely had an element of mystery that kept me reading through the rather drawn-out beginning.
The first portion of the novel is a lot of “Weird things are happening, but I don’t know what they are. So, I’ll just continue about my day and ignore them.” At first, I liked this technique. However, after what seemed like days of reading, I still found myself in literary purgatory, wondering just when this mystery would be solved.
Eventually, Ford introduced the idea of genies to the mix. A very old genie by the name of Finnegan is looking to give his genie powers to Cat and finally achieve eternal rest. Ford manages to make the genie concept genuine instead of an Aladdin rip-off. However, I was really disappointed with how long the novel took to bring about the idea. Even after the genies were introduced, there seemed to be a lot of time spent with Cat worrying and thinking something bad was going to happen, when nothing did till the very end of the novel.
Aside from the story, which was good if not drawn out, the mechanics of the novel left something to be desired. Even after receiving an edited copy of the same story, I found myself tripping over commas and quotation marks. Also, even though this is a book that seems to be intended for teenage girls, the rampant use of exclamation marks was a little too much. The characters in the novel, even the adults, seemed to be excited over every little thing that happened in their lives.
I don’t want to give 2:32 a.m. such a harsh review because I really did see potential. A fresh concept executed with relatable characters is always a nice read. However, I think that Ford’s first journey into a paranormal series was a little too drawn out. I would have liked to see a lot less back story, as it could scare off younger readers who would get bored. All-in-all, I enjoyed Ford’s story, though, I don’t think I’ll be reading the sequel.
Sarah Emily Lelonek has a BA in English Literature from Kent State University. She is planning on attending Graduate School for English Rhetoric and Composition. She enjoys traveling and gaming while on breaks from working on her novel.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by JKSCommunications. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.