Friday, February 26, 2016

REVIEW: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Book Blurb: She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world...
 
When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years -- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. 



But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

My Review:This retelling of Aladdin still has him as a street rat but this time instead of just being poor he is also the son of a deceased revolutionary. He ends up stealing a ring from the Vizier's son and it leads him into to the desert to a temple. When he gets there he ends up releasing our heroine Zahra. Believe it or not this story focuses more on our resident jinni instead of Aladdin and throughout the story we get brief flashbacks of her life before she was made into a jinni and afterwards as well. Slowly but surely our heroine and hero end up falling in love but it's not insta-love like most young adult authors like to write. Through most of the book she is fighting her feelings for Aladdin and he is really good at hiding his. During all this they are infiltrating the castle to get revenge on the vizier and his son by his marrying the Princess Caspida.  But Caspida is hiding an agenda that might just save her kingdom.

This book was so good I could not put it down. If you are a fan of Aladdin and feisty heroines you will love this book.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5

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