Book Review #71: Someday, Sometime, A Genie Awaits (Andrei Saygo)

William’s life seems to be falling apart on him.

Catfished by his long-term girlfriend, alone in a foreign country, jobless, and hopeless–he doesn’t have much left to be proud of or to care about.

Then, he meets Adra, a mysterious, alluring woman who can speak more languages than he can and tells stories about the past like she was really there. If Williams wishes to keep Adra in his life, he’ll have to pay a price higher than he’s willing to pay.

Is she worth it?

Firstly, despite my little blurb above the cover image, this isn’t a romance book. Lol. I know, I know, I made it sound like one, but it’s not. Is there romance? Yes, but it’s the most one-sided infatuation. The real joy comes in the adventure. So let’s get to it!

I’m a long-time Saygo fan. Most of his book have been 4- and 5-star reads for me. I enjoy his way of writing. This novella is no different.

The descriptions are crisp and well-written. I could visualize myself in London and really picture the food that William was eating. It’s very vivid through and through. The writing is solid. The dialogue is also really well-done because it flows so easily and is unique for every character.

As far as the storyline goes, there’s not much I have to complain about there either. For the first half of the book, the main character’s–William’s–life is just falling apart in the most comedic fashion. He gets catfished by a Russian(?) man named Boris, who he attacks?! I mean, I was literally giggling at the hilarity of it all. It’s overdone and downright silly. Time and time again, poor William just falls apart and it is phenomenal. Mainly because I had the feeling that Will wasn’t the best person before the events of this story.

Which leads me to my main complaint–William. When you read a book, you want to know your lead character. You want to really get inside their head. Or at least I do. But while I was reading, I didn’t feel like I knew him. I knew what was happening to him, of course, but I didn’t really know him, if that makes sense. He felt a little too underdeveloped to me, like I was seeing him through an odd, tinted glass. Adra was phenomenal. I loved her mystique and unreliability, but William? I needed more.

Lastly, you’ll hear some complaints about the ending of the novel, so I think it’s worth mentioning. I won’t go in detail because I don’t want to spoil it, but the ending of the story is very… unclear. It’s meant to be up for interpretation, and some readers might not like that. If you don’t mind a “imagine your own ending” sort of story, this might not be the one for you! I liked the ending, actually.

Overall, a good, short adventure novella!

Final Ratings
Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5
Pacing: Relatively quick, considering it’s a novella.
Intended Audience: Adventure fans
Content Warnings: None.
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