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Monday, February 20, 2017

The Forbidden Wish by @jkbibliophile #BookReview

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.

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 OriginVitro, and Kalahari. Follow her on Twitter @jkbibliophile. For more info, visit www.jessicakhoury.com.

There are so many things I want to say about this book. To start this story is so beyond just a retelling. I kinda wish that the author would have changed Aladdin's name to something else. Because this book stands on its own two feet and it as far as I could tell he was the only thing that really linked this to the idea of being a retelling. 

So the story was just beyond amazing and breathtaking. From the setting to the descriptions to the plot. The story will whisk you away to an a land where being a jinn is not the best idea. We follow along with Zahra as she struggles to come to terms with her past and her guilt and grief. Thinking herself a monster. And as the mystery of her past is revealed we learn that she may not be as much of a monster as she thinks she is. The ending to this one was wonderful. It went just a little further and as far as I'm concerned it was left open. I don't see why this couldn't turn into a wonderful series. We're also introduced to a new exciting character at the end. (Not really introduced but he is mentioned by name, best guess is that there might be a companion novel soon about him) 

Zahra was a great character. Even though she was bound by magic to grant wishes she did it with snark, sassyness, and a grace unlike any other. She didn't take anyone's crap and well I have to say I loved her for that!  

Aladdin was also a great character and I wouldn't have minded this being in both their POVs. It would have been even better to know what he was going through as he fell head over heals for our Jinn. But as such we do get to know him through Zahra's eyes. Aladdin was more than a thief being able to adapt to almost any situation and did things from his heart. 

Other side characters that I would totally love to have stories of are of course the handmaidens of the princess. Each one has a wonderful background and I would love stories to be told for each one. Esp. The twins!!!  

This was a wonderful book that will stick with you for years to come. I can see myself re reading this when I want a little bit of romance with magic twisted with everlasting love. 

Things you Need to Know! 
More than just a retelling, Romance, Action, Magic 

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