"Lush, romantic, and exquisitely written . . . a rare, glittering jewel of a novel."—Sarah J. Maas, author of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series
"This is Aladdin like you've never imagined."—Renée Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and the Dawn
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 the Aladdin story from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.43(w) x 8.23(h) x 0.86(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Jessica Khoury holds a BA in English from Toccoa Falls College. When not writing, she spends her time on the soccer pitch or traveling the world. She lives in Easley, South Carolina, with her husband and two dogs. Jessica is also the author of Origin, Vitro, and Kalahari. Follow her on Twitter @jkbibliophile. For more info, visit www.jessicakhoury.com.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Incredibly well written. Riveting, with dotted i's, crossed t's and no loose ends although I would love a sequel or story from the same universe. I don't normally bother with ratings but this book was definitely worth praise!
I give it five stars and would to see more books set in this world
Couldn’t put it down. Beautiful story !
This story had everything going for it—a new twist on a classic tale, a female jinni, a badass princess, and an awesome crew of female assassins at her side... and yet, I didn't love it. I liked it enough to keep listening to it, and I was curious enough to want to know how it would end, but there was no spunk, no emotion, and no life coming off the pages. Actually even now as I'm writing this review and thinking more about this book, I'm finding more things that I didn't like about it, so here goes... I think the main thing about this book that bothered me is that there was very little nuance to the story. I haven't read the original tale of Aladdin, but this was very much like the Disney adaptation in plot—but without the emotion, hilarity, and spunk. There's Aladdin, the orphan thief who is commissioned to find the lamp, there's a Jafar character who is nowhere near as interesting as the Disney version, and there is a Jasmine character—Caspida. She was my favorite, because not only is she a princess, but she is also the rebel leader of her people! How I wish this story was told from her POV instead, but alas . . . Also, it would have just been better if Aladdin simply wasn't in this book at all. I loved Zahra, the jinni, and Caspida's relationship, and the story could have been better with just the two of them. Aladdin was just . . . there. He didn't do anything interesting, he was totally one-note, and honestly, the plot wouldn't have suffered at all without his presence. I did enjoy all the details about the jin and the history of all the queens. It was actually so intriguing that it had me wanting to know more about the dead characters than the living ones. So overall, The Forbidden Wish was a miss for me, but hopefully my next read will be better. If any of you know a better Aladdin retelling, I'm all ears!
This book is beautifully written, and everything is so vivid, alive, and real. I loved reading it, but other elements lost me along the way. This book is very rich in lore and backstory, but it doesn't feel explained or well-planned. It feels like readers are supposed to just figure it out along the way, but it's too much (too many characters, too many legends, songs and stories of the past, etc.), and it feels overwhelming. What is explained is done through awkward exposition, so that doesn't feel natural either. The characters are interesting, but they feel one dimensional, and their changes happen too fast, such as the romance. I didn't believe in their love. Overall, it's a beautifully written book, but other aspects don't feel as fleshed out as they could be. I love Khoury's writing and other books, but this one just didn't do it for me.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury Publisher: Razorbill Publication Date: February 23, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from First to Read Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: I honestly have no idea how to review this book. It. Was. AMAZING. I've been waiting for this book for about two years now, since Khoury announced that her Aladdin story would be A Book. I adore Aladdin and all things Aladdin-retelling-y, so I knew I had to read this book. It's my first Khoury book and it certainly did not disappoint! This is a retelling of Aladdin like you've never seen. Zahra has been trapped in her lamp for thousands of years. It's by chance that a poor boy, Aladdin, finds the ruins in which she/the lamp lies, and takes the lamp. In Parthenia, jinn are hunted and captured, and Zahra's existence isn't allowed. Zahra is offered a chance at freedom by the King of the Jinn - rescue his son, who is trapped in Parthenia, and the King will free Zahra of her lamp. Aladdin is Zahra's best chance at getting into the Parthenian palace. But Zahra finds that she can't use Aladdin as a means to an end - she falls in love with him. In the end, she must choose - her freedom, or her love? This book is written entirely in Zahra's first-person POV, which I thought was very different but an excellent way of bringing about the story! We're used to Aladdin telling the story, but it's Zahra. Five hundred years ago, Zahra was slave to the Queen of Parthenia, but the queen treated her like a sister and an equal. But this was her downfall, and five hundred years later, jinn aren't free to roam and live among humans. Zahra has a lot of secrets and a lot of history, and Aladdin/we discover it little by little. This gives Zahra so much more depth and character, given how heartbroken she is about past decisions, and how misunderstood her side of history is. I really like Zahra, and I had no trouble connecting with her and understanding her. She's a powerful jinni, one of the last Shaitan. She's clever and tough and a warrior jinni through and through. I love how her mind works, and how she sticks to her plans and goals. Finding the Jinn King's son is her goal, but she doesn't expect to fall for Aladdin in the process. You may ask, why doesn't she just abandon Aladdin and go look for the Jinn prince? Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)