The Forbidden Wish
by Jessica Khoury
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.
This is my first time to read a retelling of Alladin and his genie, but boy, this story is so much more!
Four things I loved in this book: First, Alladin here is wickedly badass. Doesn’t matter if he was gonna be soon killed by a prince. Doesn’t even wished for healing or for the death of his enemy, Prince Darian.
Second, Jinni here isn’t the usual big arms, big bellied genie we all came to love in the films. Nope. Jinni here is Zahra, a girl; the jinni who started the war, the Five Hundred Wars to be exact. The Jinni who was called the Fair Betrayer who enchanted humans with her beauty. The Jinni who promised everything and then ruined the wishers in the end. Ahh, doesn’t she sound ferocious?
Third, well, Zahra the genie can grant three wishes to her Master, but each wish come with a price. So this is where the phrase, “Careful what you wish for” comes. And this is where it has been proven that Alladin really thinks hard about his wishes.
Fourth, the connection between Alladin and Zahra. The Master and the Genie. A boy in his youth and a girl trapped in a jar for 500 hundred years. The Protector and the Betrayer. The sparks. The magic. The intensity. The wishes. The love.
Everything in this book is great! Is it obvious that I loved it? I could go on and on and on, but no matter what I say, I know this review will end up with two words. Enchantingly Amazing!