The first in an exciting new series, this book brings a refreshingly different twist to urban fantasy. The first-person narration is witty and smartly written, and Bateman puts her own spin on djinn magic. Plenty of action and memorable characters add up to an entertaining read that's tough to put down.

Thief Gavyn Donatti loses an item he's been hired to steal and Trevor, the ruthless and unforgiving fence, comes after him. Just when Trevor's thugs corner Gavyn, a djinn shows up and rescues him. The surly genie tells Gavyn he's bound to help him fulfill his life's purpose. The problem is, neither one of them knows what that purpose is. And when Gavyn's girlfriend, Jazz, and her young son get involved, suddenly the stakes get higher. (POCKET, Apr., 352 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Gail Pruszkowski