Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
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.
The Forbidden Wish is one of the best books that I have read this year! It was EVERYTHING that I hoped it would be! The world and magic was wonderfully imaginative, the characters intriguing and the story compelling. Basically I enjoyed everything about this book! I do have a full review for this book that you can check out, if you want to know more of my thoughts.
I was immediately intrigued by this book when I heard that it was an Aladdin retelling, as I had never read one before. Obviously I ended up loving this book. I especially loved the two main characters, Zahra and Aladdin – they were both strong characters that were very well developed. I adored them on their own and together as well! Their interactions were very fun and amazing to read. I can’t recommend this book highly enough, everyone NEEDS to read it!