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Review, Young Adult / June 14, 2016
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica KhouryThe Forbidden Wish
Author: Jessica Khoury
Publisher: Razorbill
Date: February 2016
352 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy
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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.

“You’re a -you’re a -“

Say it boy. Demon of fire. Monster of smoke. Devil of sand and ash. Servant of Nardukha, Daughter of Ambadya, The Nameless, The Faceless, The Limitless. Slave of the Lamp. Jinni.

“… a girl!”

In this Aladdin retelling, the focus is not Aladdin himself but Zhara, a several thousands year-old jinni whom history does not remember kindly. Zhara’s past affection for humans did not play out well and the narrative moves back and forth in time to relate the story of her friendship with a long-dead queen and her current struggle as old themes resurface in new forms. She is intelligent, lonely, and loving. read more

By: Diane