“There is only one thing more numerous than the stars, and that is the darkness that holds them.” ~The Forbidden Wish
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury: 5/5 stars
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.
*This review does contain some spoilers*
I gave this book 5/5 stars, because it was just so amazingly written. The story was very intriguing and entertaining and it all flowed so nicely together. I am not someone that’s a big fan of when you change a classic, but I was surprised with how much I loved this novel. You get to see Aladdin fall in love with this Jinni and you wonder if she is going to do the right thing or not. It kept my attention and the way the characters and the scenes were explained was such a beautiful use of imagery. It really helped the characters develop in my mind.
This book was great to read especially since I have so many books that are part of a series. It was just nice to read a standalone book again. This book takes you on a crazy adventure with pain, love, sorrow, death, and so much more! It’s a very different retelling of Aladdin and I think that’s what makes it good, because you still get some of those things you love from the classic but you also get some new things that you’ll love as well.
It drove me crazy seeing Zahra loses her magic at the end! She just got her magic and had the power to wish for what she wanted and she lost it! However, it showed how much she really loved Aladdin all along and that what people said about her was never true. She wasn’t evil and she was capable of love.
Also finding out the princess is a kick but character…that was pretty awesome. I liked seeing these female characters be such strong women, but still have that soft side to them. Which helped add to the overall story, because if Princess Caspida wasn’t The Phoenix the story would’ve turned out completely different. Honestly there probably wouldn’t have been as good of an ending if the women were afraid to fight.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a retelling full of action and some strong female characters. It is definitely a good book if you’re tired of reading series, but still love fantasy.