The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury


The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Book: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
Series: N/A
Pages: 352
Publisher: Razorbill
Date Published: February 23rd, 2016
Source: Library
Date Started: March 11th, 2016
Date Finished: March 22nd, 2016
Other Books Reviewed: N/A

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.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury was a book that I kept close on my radar. It has a beautiful cover and Aladdin was one of my favorite disney movies growing up. I kept hearing great things about it but I was hesitant because of the hype and I had never read anything by this author before. But believe me when I say that this book is totally worth the hype.

A story you’ll want to read every night for a thousand nights.

When it comes to fantasy books, good world building is essential. Khoury did a fantastic job with the world building and it was easy to imagine a gem filled garden or a flourishing grand palace with beautiful peacocks. When the world building is good, it allows me to get more invested. Khoury also did something a little different. Zahra, the main character, talks to her old friend from time to time as though shes present. From what I gathered, you as the reader, assumed the role of her old friend. I actually liked this aspect because it made me feel like I was a part of the story.

I really loved the way that the story unfolded. It was a slow delicious burn that at the same time had plenty of action. I liked that this story was told from the Jinn’s perspective and that Zahra’s story was told in little bits and pieces as they related to the present story. It made reading her struggle over choosing her love for humans or her freedom a captivating read.

All the love for the ladies. 

My favorite aspect of this book was the females. They were seriously badass. I loved reading about a girl gang of assassins that lived by an ancient code. The females were really strong and I really love that kind of portrayal, especially in a main character like Zahra.

A whole new world.

I really loved the romance in this book. As Zahra falls in love with Aladdin, you see the constant struggle she has with trying to stay away from him to save him because she knows what’s happened in the past and doesn’t want to repeat it. I loved Aladdin’s story because you really got to know who he was and why he wished for the things he wanted.  But what I liked about him even more was the fact that he allowed Zahra to take the reigns, and he understood that she was powerful and could protect herself. Dream boat if I do say so myself. Next stop, magic carpet ride.

Final Thoughts.

This had me captivated from page one. This is a slow burn with an explosive ending. If you love amazing world building and want a story with a kickass girl gang then you definitely need this book!


  1. Slow burn with an explosive ending! That sounds amazing! I love the Disney version of Aladdin so much but I haven’t loved the jinni books I’ve read in the past. At the same time, I really want to read this! Your review has me convinced, it sounds like a great book and that cover really is hard to resist 🙂
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    • You’ll definitely love this one! Everything was fantastic and it’s easily one of my favorite books this year. Let me know what you think when you do read it!

  2. Not quite a fan of jinni, but I love Jessica Khoury, so I’ll be checking this one out! Looking forward to seeing how she does with fantasy. It’s great to hear that there’s great world-building and conflict. 🙂 Great review!

    And by the way, you have a beautiful blog design!

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