The Forbidden Wish

By: Jessica Khoury

Hello, I am finally back! I have been crazy busy with planning/attending BEA. Sadly it’s over, but now I can get back to posting on a regular basis!


I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.



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. (Goodreads)


I met Jessica two years ago at a book event and she mentioned that she was just coming up with the idea to do an Aladdin retelling. I was so excited because the story of Aladdin is one of my favorite things ever. It took me a while to get around to reading this book, but I had heard that this wasn’t exactly a retelling. While it definitely has aspects of Aladdin, it was a very loose retelling. I ended up enjoying the book more because of that. I absolutely loved this book and read it in under two days.The characters were fleshed out extremely well, which is usually my main complaint with stand alone books. Zahra is now easily one of my favorite female characters.

What surprised me was this book had quite a few things in it that I usually don’t like, but Jessica pulled them off really well. Two things in particular were the writing style and the abilities that the Jinni had. The writing was a mix between a poetic style and a modern style. At times the writing would be beautiful and lyrical and then it would change and the characters would be talking like “normal teenagers.” Usually I don’t like it when authors try to use an over the top modern style of writing, but it was done very well in this book. The ability that I was talking about was that Zahra can shape shift into anything she wants. Normally, this feels like it is used as an easy way out when things get too complicated for the characters. Once again, that was not the case with this book and it was pulled off beautifully.

The world building was amazing. There was a section of the book where the castle was being described and it was so easy to imagine everything that was going on. It also felt very true to the setting of the story. At one point, Jessica was describing how there were animals that wandered around in the castle, especially peacocks. It was really interesting to think about kings and queens going about their day with peacocks walking around with them.

My only complaint with this book is that I got bored at the climactic section of this book and I felt like it dragged on a little bit.


Romance: 1.5/5                       Stars: 5/5

Language: 0/5                      Pages: 340

Violence: 2/5                        Buy Book Here: Amazon 

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2 thoughts on “The Forbidden Wish

  1. I always enjoy reading your reviews. With your being so busy, I don’t know when you find the time to read and review the books you do, but keep it up. Your reviews are very interesting and telling.

  2. This sounds like another great book! Hope you found lots of great books to review from BEA! What a great experience.