HEY LOVELIES! I am so so excited for the review I have planned today. We’re going to be discussing The Forbidden Wish, an Aladdin retelling that I absolutely LOVED. It was so good y’all, and I can’t wait to discuss it, so let’s get going.
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.
RATING: 5/5 STARS
To start off, this book had so many things going right for it. The plot was phenomenal, the characters made me so happy, and the dialogue was absolutely priceless. This book sucked me in from page one, and I could hardly put it down. I thought the writing was so beautiful, and the way the story tied itself together was done so well.
Zahra was one of the coolest characters to read about. She was a jinni, and Aladdin and her met when he got ahold of her lamp. I really liked how she worked with Aladdin to help him with his wishes and her and Aladdin worked so well together as a team and as a couple. Aladdin was so SWOONY. I’ve always had such a crush on him, and seeing him in book form was just as great as movie form. He was thoughtful and caring, and watching him fall in love with Zahra was without a doubt my favorite thing ever.
Along with the romance being so spot on, the plot was great. This book was fast paced, and over the course of the novel it developed really well. There was a lot of action going on, and the role the kingdom played within the story tied in an additional aspect. Both Zahra and Aladdin had key roles within the castle, and a majority of the plot stemmed from there. Along with Aladdin working at making himself princely, Zahra is also working to free herself from her lamp, and as the story progressed, they created quite the mess for themselves.
Overall, this story was so so fantastic. I walked into this one not entirely sure what to expect, and I came out extremely impressed. I can’t wait to read some of the other books Jessica writes, and I will definitely be picking any future books she writes. If you’ve read this one, what did you think? I would love to hear your thoughts!