The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

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Summary: 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: Gosh I really do not know why I have not read more of Khoury. I loved Origin and I loved this book too. This is going to be a very popular book this year. When I started this book I really thought it would be an Aladdin re-telling and in a few ways it was, but this book was so much more.

I am just grateful I had a slow enough week that I could pour through many books I have been wanting to read this book included.

I listened to this book on audible and I was so entranced by the story. The writing is superb, the story is fantastic and I just can’t help myself I love that thief Aladdin. Zahra was such a strong willed character. I could not help but liking her from the moment she was introduced.

I loved this book. I don’t know if I can really call this an Aladdin retelling though, I mean there are characters that are like the Aladdin characters but this story was something different, and magical.

I was lucky enough to have a slow enough work day that I could listen to this story on audible, so frist kudos to the narrator. She was fantastic.

Kudos to Khoury for writing another book I love. This book propelled me into a world where magic is real & outlawed essentially. There are very bad guys but don’t worry jinnys are real.

I loved this story and it was very hard to put down because I just had to know what happened. Aladdin is not my favorite Disney story but it is certainly in the top five so while it was not fair to Khoury I went in thinking I would hate this story but came out loving it.

Very well done & you will love Zahra.

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