The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
Release Date: February 23, 2016
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?
This book was wonderful!
While this story is based on Aladdin, with each page of this story you can see Jessica really makes this story her own!
Not only was there an exquisite and vivid writing style, but the engaging plot really keeps you turning the page.
While there is a lot that happens in this story, from Zahra’s past to the ongoing war w/ the jinni, it never feels too busy and all flows wonderfully!
With Zahra wanting to be free, she makes a deal to find Zhian, a trapped Jinni prince, who is located in the royal palace!
To do so, she convinces Aladdin to use a wish to become a prince and trick the royals!
From there the plot becomes even more complex!
As the plot progressed you see Zahra, who is a very powerful jinni also go through many moments of vulnerability and learn more about herself as she fights for her freedom!
Another aspect of this book I absolutely loved was the relationship that developed between Aladdin+Zahra, from each interaction to the lines of banter.
From the plot it is obvious a relationship will be apparent, but it really grows and develops on its own as the story progresses.
With Zahra fighting for freedom and Aladdin fighting to avenge his parents, you see the complexities to their character with each and every page!
There is also so much girl-power in this book which I loved ❤ ❤
There’s the fierce princess Caspida and her tough crew at her side!
They all work together/support each other as does Zahra when the plot progresses & that made this book even more engaging!!
Captivating and exquisitely written, The Forbidden Wish is a story that really takes you to a whole new world!
If you are a fan of YA Fantasy or Retellings I highly recommend this book!