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Spotlight: Bottled by Carol Riggs

Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: July 7th 2016
Clean Reads

About the Book

At seventeen, Adeelah Naji is transformed into a genie and imprisoned in a bottle. For a thousand years, she fulfills the wishes of greedy masters—building their palaces, lining their pockets with gold, and granting them every earthly pleasure. All that sustains her is the hope of finding Karim, the boy she fell in love with as a human. When at last she finds a note from her beloved, she confirms he has access to the elixir of life and that he still searches for her. 

But someone else also hunts her. Faruq—the man who plots to use her powers to murder and seize the life forces of others—is just one step behind her. With the help of a kind master named Nathan, Adeelah continues to search for Karim while trying to evade Faruq. To complicate matters, she begins to experience growing fatigue and pain after conjuring, and finds herself struggling against an undeniable attraction to Nathan.

As Faruq closes in, Adeelah must decide just how much she’ll risk to protect Nathan and be with Karim forever. How much power does she really have to change her future, and what is she willing to sacrifice for an eternity of love? If she makes the wrong choice, the deaths of many will be on her hands


I curse my infuriating luck. Out of the corner of my eye, I catch a glimpse of my wild-eyed sneer in one of the mirrored panels lining my walls, and freeze. Who is the girl with the fierce eyes and curled lips? How have I ended up like this?

Something scrapes on the glass above me, near the stopper.

The summoning.

I have no choice. My thoughts spin away like a stretch of dunes sucked into a windstorm. The sound of a gong ripples the air, vibrating my body into a thread of dark smoke. I rise and materialize into a dry, baking heat not shaded by trees of the nearby woods. My embroidered slippers crunch over scattered twigs.

“Those location-change trips are crazy, genie!” Bello says, round-eyed and radiating awe.

I see he’s still calling me by my impersonal title, even though I told him my name was Adeelah when he first summoned me. And while it’s charming he’s enjoying himself, we can’t stay here long. I hope I can divert his selfish desires long enough to secure our safety.

About the Author

Carol Riggs is an author of fiction for young adults (and adults!) who lives in the beautiful green state of Oregon, USA. Her debut novel, The Body Institute, released Sept 2015 from Entangled Teen, exploring body image and identity. Her fantasy YA, Bottled, will release from Clean Reads on July 7, 2016, and her sci-fi YA, Safe Zone, will release from Entangled Teen in October 2016. She enjoys reading, drawing and painting, writing conferences, walking with her husband, and enjoying music and dance of all kinds. You will usually find her in her writing cave, surrounded by her dragon collection and the characters in her head.

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