Tribal Affairs Book Review & Giveaway

We read a lot of fantasy books in our little corner of the world--but, genies rarely seem to be the subject of those books. Today, we have a review of Tribal Affairs by Matt Dallman. What did I think of Tribal Affairs?

Book Title: Tribal Affair by Matt Dallmann
Category: YA Fiction, 277 pages
Genre: Fantasy

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author or publisher.  All opinions are my own.

About the Book

Dahlia, a centuries-old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.

My Review

Tribal Affairs offers a YA-friendly look at genies.  I have only read a couple of books focused on genies--so, I am not very familiar with their world.  This book offered enough details and world building that I developed an understanding of the genies and their tribes without feeling overwhelmed or confused.  The book is truly written for a young adult audience (even tween/ young teen readers) with it's easy to read, easy to follow storyline and G rated content.

Readers should expect some sudden shifts in the story.  The author's writing style builds his fantasy world with chapters alternating between Dahlia (as recollections from the past) and Liana (in the present).  It took me a few chapters to settle into this flow.  Then, only a few chapters later, there was a sudden shift in the storyline, and we were off on a full-blown adventure.  That first sudden shift set the stage for the remainder of the book--but, I was hit with a lot of new things quite suddenly.    The next major shift nearly made me set the book aside.  Again--the second sudden twist was necessary to the book, and the reasoning and logic unfolded over the remaining chapters.  It was just a sudden, unexpected shift that didn't seem to fit my vision of the book.  Having said that; the author did a great job moving the story beyond each twist and pulling the reader back into the context.

Would I recommend Tribal Affairs by Matt Dallman? I did enjoy this book--and the author was able to keep my attention through to the very end.  I did have a few, "What just happened?" moments--but, the author pulled me through those very well as he progressed the story.  The book is a quick, easy read with a lot of elements happening at once bridging the human world and the genie world.  Readers will find some reality along with the fantasy in this book--yet some things seemed to catch the reader by surprise.  I would recommend it to readers who prefer more clean fantasy novels and fans of young adult fiction.  

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Meet the Author

Matt Dallmann has a background in acting and holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. His films and screenplays have been featured at film festivals across the United States including Cinequest, Big Apple Film Festival, Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, DragonCon and Zero Independent Film Festival. His piano compositions have been published for commercial use and he is a member of ASCAP. Matt is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the boutique medical billing firm VGA Billing Services, Inc. in New York City. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

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  1. Thank you for reading and reviewing!

  2. I appreciate the honest review! Lots of people kinda gloss over the bad bits, the "what is happening bits," but I appreciate the inclusion and the recognition that YA is still great for adults to read if you want to have a more relaxed go of it.



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