March 2016 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read:  6

The Crown And The Arrow1. The Crown And The Arrow by Renee Ahdieh (TWATD  #0.5)

The Crown & The Arrow Full Review

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books For Young Readers

Release Date: March 1, 2016

Pages: 9

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts:  It was a quick read, but I really enjoyed reading from Khalid’s perspective! Can’t wait for The Rose & The Dagger!

97800623807532. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (TGFE #1)

The Girl From Everywhere Full Review

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Release Date: February 16, 2016

Pages: 464

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: This was a lovely debut! Not only was the concept of traveling in this book so interesting, but this novel also has such a wonderful cast of characters! I will definitely be reading the sequel.

The Forbidden Wish3.The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

The Forbidden Wish Full Review

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Pages: 352

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: This retelling of Aladdin was so unique! Every element of this story from characters to world building made this book a blast to read! Highly recommend ❤

A Gathering Of Shadows4. A Gathering Of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering Of Shadows Full Review

Publisher: Tor Books

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Pages: 512

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star

Overall Thoughts: A spectacular sequel! While more character-driven, AGOS still dives deeper into the world and politics weaving them together perfectly with the plot!

Thanks For The Trouble5. Thanks For The Trouble by Tommy Wallach

Thanks For The Trouble Full Review

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Pages: 352

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: This contemporary has such an engaging plot, is very thought-provoking & has such a memorable cast of characters. If your looking for a new YA Contemporary to read I highly recommend this one! ❤

204432356.The Winners Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (Winners Trilogy #3)

The Winners Kiss Full Review

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Release Date: March 29, 2016

Pages: 496

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Writing style, characters, etc.came together perfectly to bring a spectacular end to The Winners Trilogy!

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury Review

The Forbidden Wish.jpgThe Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Pages: 352

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?

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts:

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!