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 that 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.
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"Lush, romantic, and exquisitely written - The Forbidden Wish is a rare, glittering jewel of a novel." (Sarah J. Maas, author of Queen of Shadows)
I 'collect' books and shoes, love my family, golden retriever, good design & food. Nothing is learned in vain & my curiosity will never die
I would recommend this book to those who like "remixed" fairy tales. The writing style was at a teen level but the story didn't center on feelings or entirely focus on the romance. I feel the characters were nicely developed. Narration was fine, diction was a little strange sometimes but that could have been related to the level of literature. Overall, worth the listen!
I purchased this book because it is narrated by Cassandra Campbell, who is one of my favorites. But the book itself is very fun and enjoyable. I felt myself right there with Aladin and his Genie.
An enjoyable rendition of Aladdin that paints a magical picture for the listeners. There were a few moments where the speech was out of place for the time line which was slightly distracting.
Beautifully written and narrated; an absolute gem! The re-imagining of old tales is often a average read for me, but this book took me by surprise and ranks at the top of my list. It reads like poetry. The descriptions don't bog down, are not redundant, and fill the mind with smells and tactile images. The story as a whole resembles the old story, but is retold with such an innovative voice, it is received as an entirely new work of art. I have so enjoyed this book, and wish there were more.
I didn't finish this title. The plot was too unbelievable and the characters were too. I loved the idea of a story written from a genie's POV but it didn't flesh out well.
I really enjoyed this book! Writing the book from the Genie's point of view worked very well as the Jinn in literature and in this book are much maligned. Yet here is a Genie who mourns and is filled with regret who is trapped by the rules and powers that created and bind her not only to her lamp. Those same forces plus the fear and hatred of her kind keep her from doing what she most deeply wants to do. The world, creatures and events that Jessica Khoury has created around this age old tale greatly entertain as the surprises, twists, turns, magic greed and evil all work together to create an exciting, fun, story that draws you forward though out the book. Enjoy!
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