AfroBoricua Book Reviews: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury


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 the Aladdin story from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

My Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Recommendation: Yes! One of the best 2016 releases!

Disclosure: Borrowed from my local library. No spoilers.

I first heard about this book from my friend on the twitter tag booksfortrade (link to her blog below) when she traded me a book mark of this book. I thought this would be pretty far down my TBR pile but, one night I was compelled to request and now here we are.

My main reason for loving this book is the main character, Zahra the jinni. She is one of my favorite characters I’ve read about in a long time. She was so selfless, but not afraid to speak her mind, she was a jinni with nothing to lose. I had never read an Aladdin retelling before, so this has set the standard for all the other ones pretty high.

I loved Zahra and Aladdin, rarely am I so in love with a ship but this one just got to me. I was squealing like a fangirl whenever they had a moment together.

The world building in this was spectacular, usually during stand alones the world building isn’t that great but for this one you could already imagine the world around you.

This book is so magical to me, I loved every page of this book I never wanted it to end, it was such a delight to read. I definitely recommend this book to everyone that loves fairytales.


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