Review: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

ForbiddenWish_BOM.inddGoodreads Description: 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.


My Thoughts:

Okay for the record can I just say that I’m loving the fact that there are so many books coming out based on The Tales of 1001 Nights and Aladdin. This is like a dream come true for me. Anyway…

I was actually pleasantly surprised by this.  I remember being excited about the premise of this book but wasn’t sure if it would be done well. I mean I love the Disney movie Aladdin so I was curious to see where the author would take this. I’m so sorry I doubted her for one second cause I love it. This book has humor, romance( that’s not overwhelming) its magical, and the world, the world that Khoury created is written so beautifully. I’m a huge fan of 1001 Nights or Arabian Nights as some people might know it by, and in order to make this particular retelling work there has to be a great attention to sensory detail. Khoury really pulls it off and I makes it an all around great and enjoyable book to read.

Zahra, is such a wonderful character. She’s so complex and I like how mature and wise beyond her years she is(I mean she is technically 4,000 years old). I enjoyed Zahra as a narrator, I particularly enjoyed mentions of Habiba, her master before she was imprisoned in the lamp for 500 years. I think what sold this for me was the undercurrent story with Habiba and how it slowly revealed itself as I read on. This book has an amazing cast of badass, well written girls and it just makes me so happy. Caspida and her girls are so great. I’m so impressed by how much depth Khoury gave to Caspida’s Watch Maidens. They each stand as solid individuals, they don’t just disappear they have an important and solid presence in the story.

Processed with VSCO with s2 presetKhoury’s version of Aladdin was perfect. Aladdin was flawed but likeable, a flirt, really funny, and over all I just found him adorable. But he was also consumed with getting revenge and struggling with his father’s memory and not living up to it in his and everyone else’s eyes. He was so conflicted between what he should do, what everyone wanted him to do, and by what he wanted to do. I was just rooting for him the whole way through. I enjoyed his growth throughout the story.

I really enjoyed this story and I think it stands well on its own even if though it’s a retelling. The story is beautiful and well written. Definitely worth reading and I’ll be looking out for Khoury’s future works.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Guys, let me know if you’ve read this and what you thought of the author’s twist on an old favorite. I’d love to know! Till next time,



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