This book won’t be Lo on your reading list!


Exciting, passionate, and well-written, The Iron Will of Genie Lo will surely be a favorite of its fans. This book is the sequel to The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, and a Rick Riordan-style book about Chinese mythology, focusing on Genie Lo. More specifically, it is about how Genie is the reincarnation of the Ruyi Jingu Bang, the legendary weapon of the monkey-warrior-king, Sun Wukong. They along with a mini-pantheon of other gods must face your casual world-ending crises on a semi-regular basis. It combines Chinese mythology with the modern-day
In one of the best ways I’ve ever heard, including the extremely hard challenge of explaining why the gods aren’t helping in our modern-day lives if they used to all the time. This book is a lot of fun, featuring great comedy and characters, and a very engaging storyline. Unfortunately, not everyone should probably partake in the fun, because it has a lot of sexual themes and other not-kid-friendly themes, but if the reader is fine with something like the Avengers – or any other movie with Iron Man – they should be fine. The worst that really happens is a lot of barely not saying the “f-word”, kissing a lot, and hinting at some sexual things happening off-page. Besides that, it is pretty tame in every other age-restriction front, there isn’t any grotesque action, descriptions, or anything else of the sort, which might’ve been an issue, with the prominent enemies of Genie being demons. Here, I have to be honest, I had trouble coming up with more issues, it was a very good book, but that being said, there were several things that were very similar to the first, like Genie and Sun Wukong, or Quentin, disliking and mistrusting each other at the beginning and making up at the end. But, at least they had character development because most of the other characters were very linear and that made it much harder to grow attached to any of them. For instance, one character was in the book for over a hundred pages, and when they died, my thought was pretty much just ‘Oh, that happened.’ There were also several other plot holes, including one that could have fixed the entire main issue from happening, so that was annoying. Also, I feel that the overall quality of the book went down from the first to the second. The first, I read for pretty much an entire day straight, and could hardly put it down. The second one was good, but it took over twice as long for me to read. Granted, this could have been due to a number of things but I think at least part of it was due to the simple fact that it was less exciting. Despite my nitpicking, this was a good book, and I do recommend it. It has a great air of action and adventure that really makes me want to read more, and though it seemed like this might be the last book, I would not be too upset to see another one. The Iron Will of Genie Lo is an action-packed and heartfelt story of Chinese mythology that is a lot of fun!!