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The Forbidden Wish [Reading] ➳ The Forbidden Wish ➻ 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 hundre 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 The Forbidden Epub / 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 heartAs time unravels and her enemies close in Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of the Aladdin story from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • The Forbidden Wish
  • Jessica Khoury
  • English
  • 04 August 2015
  • 9781595147684

About the Author: Jessica Khoury

Jessica Khoury wrote her first book at age a fan fic seuel to Syd Hoff's Danny and the Dinosaur which she scribbled on notebook paper stapled together and placed on the bookshelf of her preschool classroom Since that day she's dreamed of being an author When not writing Jess enjoys spending time with family playing video games and oil and watercolor painting She is also a professiona.

10 thoughts on “The Forbidden Wish

  1. Emily May Emily May says:

    Wishes have a way of twisting themselves and there is nothing dangerous than getting your heart's desire The uestion is are you willing to gamble? How much are you willing to lose? What are you willing to risk everything for?” I had a lot of doubts going into The Forbidden Wish Yet another YA retelling? Yet another YA romance? But I should never have doubted my trusted Goodreads friends because there is nothing typical about this bookFirstly it is very romancey Let's get that out of the way Normally I don't like my books so heavily romantic but maybe that's just because they are so seldom done well and generally sacrifice character development and plot for sweet nothings Maybe it's because in my opinion the best romances are the ones in books that are not really about romance at all You see I never felt like the ultimate purpose of this story was to get Zahra and Aladdin together but maybe as a result of that I ended up wanting it anywayNow let's break down all the great things about this bookThe writing is so gorgeous it literally gave me goosebumps Khoury describes this world of deserts palaces and magic in lavish beautiful detail Rarely do authors paint pictures of their setting so well I could picture it exactly and even feel the sense of magic in the air A truly evocative use of wordsGirl power You know this story right? At the very least we've probably all seen the Disney version It's the one about a street thief turned prince a clueless sultan an evil vizier a male genie and a humorous parrot also male There is a woman in the movie and she's won by the street thief turned prince who shows her the world Even this watered down 1992 version isn't exactly what you'd call feministThe Forbidden Wish however is For one the jinni is female a powerful smart and badass jinni who takes shit from nobody but is still flawed lonely and sad The princess is feisty and strong minded as is her band of tough girlfriends who are also great warriors And best of all these girls are not enemies They grow in strength when they come together and support one another No petty slut shaming or woman hating From the jinni to the mortal women there is a mutual respect and admiration So many authors could learn from this bookThen there's the romance I honestly enjoyed it even though I didn't start shipping until about halfway through Aladdin is likable probably made even so by his weaknesses for alcohol and petty crime He's imperfect boyish and an impossible flirt but these ualities are really uite adorable Also absolutely no instaloveAnd we also have the story outside the romance It's an old tale of powerful jinn wishes that should never be spoken and the worst mistake a jinni can ever make It takes place in both the past and the present unveiling Zahra's story at the same time as she fights for her freedom in the present Can she ever win her freedom? And what price will she have to pay for it?I especially loved the way Zahra narrates the story constantly addressing Habiba whose story is gradually revealed over the course of the novel It adds another layer and leaves us with some final touching momentsSuch a strong incredible novel I have to warn you unromantics about the heavy romantic element and yet it feels a shame to label this complex and powerful story a romance It's so many other things tooBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store

  2. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

    I am not allowed to hope I am forbidden a wish of my own And so I will not think of the world above of the open sky of the fresh air and the light of dayI will be lost a myth a dream Trapped forever with myself in this prison of sand and magic I cannot imagine a terrifying doom I thought I had resigned myself to this fate long ago when it seemed no one would ever find me Now I know this to be untrue and that hope has pulsed deep within me like a dormant seed waiting to flourish at the first sign of escape Holy smokes this was greatThis book is a retelling of Aladdin in which the genie is a girl To be honest there is very little resembling Aladdin here with the exception of the genie and Aladdin himself Despite that I found myself greatly enjoying thsi book There's romance yes but I did not find it overwhelming There's also incredibly vivid writing really the writing is awesome there's unexpected moments of humor “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” he finishesFor a second I can only blink at him Heehee And the genie herself is pretty bad assZahra is a jinni She has been trapped in the desert sands for 500 years desolate alone and haunted by past memories of her last master Zahra has almost lost hope of seeing the outside world again when a boy named Aladdin appears and summons her from the lamp They're not exactly friends from the start “I’ve heard the stories” he says “I’ve heard the songs They call you the Fair Betrayer who enchanted humans with your ” He pauses to swallow “Your beauty You promised them everything and then you ruined them”A thousand and one replies vie for my tongue but I swallow them all bury them deep deep in my smoky heart Letting out a long breath I shrug one shoulder “So what now? Will you toss me away? Bury me again?”He laughs a cold sharp laugh “Throw you away? When you can grant me three wishes? Would I throw away a bag of gold just because I found it in a pile of dung?” That's where the similarities to Aladdin endsI really liked Zahra She is powerful but vulnerable From the beginning we know she suffers with regret over a girl a sister Over the course of the book we uncover her story; Zahra constantly remembers this Habiba addressing her directly in her memories and it's a constant guessing game as to what transpired that haunts her so much that fills her with so much sorrow I found her actions realistic She may be powerful but she is still trapped by who she is Zahra cannot go far from Aladdin without suffering greatly bound by her curse The whole betraying Aladdin and gaining her freedom thing isn't the stupid romance centric excuse it seems Her reasons for hesitation is uite valid and her feelings towards freedom is complex For the first time I think about what comes after I win my freedom For so long that’s been my single goal but what happens next? Do I return to Ambadya where they hate me? Do I stay in the human world where they would destroy me if they knew what I was? I have nowhere to go to and no one to spend my freedom with and for the first time I begin to wonder if that’s really freedom at all or if I’m exchanging one prison for another Aladdin is no longer a Disney prince He is a charmer at times a drunkard He burns for revenge yet is aware of his own weakness in obtaining it He charms everyone with a vagina and is an inveterate flirt Yet I never found myself hating him He's not an asshole He's just who he is “Zahra if I wished for someone to die could you do it?”Outwardly I am stone but inside I rock like a stormy sea I loathe this wish than almost any other It is cruel and cowardly and I reevaluate this boy thief There is a darkness in him I hadn’t seen I also liked the fact that there are other female characters in this book Such a thing is a rarity in YA fiction This book can be confusing There are a lot of names to keep track of and I wish that Zahra had strength in her but overall this was a highly enjoyable bookRead this review and The Book Eaters

  3. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    4 12 starsMy my what an enchanting retelling of Aladdin brimming with magic humour villains and good kissing ‘‘Give me thy hand’’ said the ueen ‘‘and let us be friends For does not the poet say one true hearted friend is worth ten thousand camels laden with gold?’’ This the Jinni pondered before replying ‘‘The poet also says woe to the man who befriends the jinn for he shakes hands with death’’ Zahra is a jinni For thousands of years she has granted wishes Freedom is something she knows is impossible but that doesn’t keep her from trying to break her curse and uit being a slave When Aladdin finds Zahra she is given a choice betray him and forever be free of the lamp or let his city Parthenia fall to ruins and everyone inside it dieIs that really a choice?I’ve read thousands of books and I’ve met thousands of characters but I can easily say that Zahra is a new favourite heroine of mine She stands out It’s not her beauty that makes her special or her hidden kindness but her determination She believes herself to be a monster; after all she did kill her most trusted friend Habiba Zahra puts on a hard and sturdy mask but deep inside herself she is not a four thousand year old magical creature of nightmares she’s just a a girl With unreachable hopes and dreams The desert ripples throwing the boy onto his back I shift to human form and stand beside him staring at the ground that held me captive for centuries When the dust clears there is nothing but a glinting blue stretch of sand pure and virgin coursed with wind ripples The only evidence that there ever was a garden of wonders the only testimony to the great city lost beneath the sand is a single pale coin that lies on the surface winking at the moonAnd of course there is me There is forbidden love There is adventure There is betrayal It’s one of the best fairy tale retellings I have ever read Aladdin retellings are uite rare; in the minority The last one I perused is called A Whole New World and if we compare its greatness to this one The Forbidden Wish would be the sand and A Whole New World a plain and small rock buried by it I loved this bookWe know of cases of beautiful coversbad books but I’m so relieved to say that this retelling never at any point of the story falls into that category ‘‘Even a thief may have honor and even a jinni may have a heart’’ The only thing that keeps me from giving it a five star rating is the stalling There are days and days of stalling at the beginning of the book when Aladdin and Zahra enter the palace and are waiting for the Fahradan celebration dayRegardless this is a winner ‘‘Love is a path lined with roses’’ I say bitterly ‘‘But it leads to a cliff’s edge and all who follow it tumble to their doom You will not find your happiness there’’ Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google

  4. jessica jessica says:

    this is better than the original story of aladdin and im not even sorry that i think thisthis is just so well balanced between creating a fresh new story with also having the subtle echoes of something familiar and each new and original additional to the old tale is just so vibrant that it totally outshines everything i thought i knew about the original story although i have come to the conclusion that i can read anything related to arabian nights and i will absolutely adore it i desperately hope khoury decides to continue the story with sinbad ↠ 45 stars

  5. Jessica Khoury Jessica Khoury says:

    THE FORBIDDEN WISH is a story that has been tugging at me for years and I'm overjoyed and honored to finally be sharing it with you at last When Zahra first came to me demanding that her side of the story be told I was immediately entranced I think the genie is the most fascinating character of the Aladdin fairytale But what if the genie were a girl? What if there were to her story? These uestions became my obsession and Zahra's voice was so strong in my mind that often while working on other books over the past few years I would sneak away to write a few pages just for her She was a character who simply refused to be ignored and I'm so glad she didn't give up on meThe stories of Aladdin and the Thousand and One Nights have always been some of my favorites Plus my grandfather has been begging me for years to write a story inspired by his homeland so Papa this one is for you I have immensely enjoyed writing this book and reliving the story of Aladdin through Zahra's eyes and I hope you will love reading it as much as I did writing it And of course may all your wishes come true 3

  6. Navessa Navessa says:

    We are adrift on a sea of moonlight sand the silence as infinite as the space between the stars Well well well This is one beautifully written fairy tale retelling Imagine the story of Aladdin Now change the sex of the jinni who serves him add in some supernatural politics some courtly intrigue a handful of badass female warriors two peoples on the brink of war and you basically have this book in a nutshell Was it perfect? No I definitely had some issues with it But now that I've finished it and am staring down at my notes I can honestly say that I don't even want to get into them because in the end they took very little away from my overall enjoyment of this And doesn't that say everything? In short this is a stunningly written highly captivating intoxicating blend of romance mysticism adventure and intrigue I highly suggest it for anyone in the mood for a YA fairy tale retelling Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

  7. Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ says:

    ♥ BR with the astounding Chelsea and Jen ♥ This place is haunted by ghosts and I am one of them Told in a beautiful and evocative writing enhanced with sparks of humor The Forbidden Wish surprised me in the best way possible indeed albeit being uite romance focused it manages to avoid the tropes I hate the most in FantasyPNR YA ☑ There's neither instalove nor love triangle ☑ The female lead is always sympathetic toward other women and there's no such thing as girl hate ☑ Aladdin's not perfect by any means about him later but one thing is certain he's not a controlling abusing jerk and if anything his flaws made him endearing to me Wishes have a way of twisting themselves and there is nothing dangerous than getting your heart's desire The uestion is are you willing to gamble? How much are you willing to lose? What are you willing to risk everything for? Enchanting The Forbidden Wish is not an action packed novel but not a boring one either As a retelling of Aladdin's story we find layers of the original but that does not mean that Jessica Khoury didn't add her stamp because she most definitely did While original events are seen in a complete different way view spoilercolor me shocked I couldn't avoid a little twinge of sorrow when Aladdin asked her to become a Prince hide spoiler

  8. Simona B Simona B says:

    45All the world is in your shadow•By way of introduction I should inform you that Khoury's Aladdin spoke to my infamously cold heart I think that on my infatuation scale this one reaches a Paul Markov level Which means I'm crushing on the guy Very hard Though Paul Markov still remains a case on his own and my spiritual connection to him has by now achieved the status of True Love Time will tell if with Aladdin will happen as much So well you see how I'll probably won't be 100% objective about the romance but I promise I will try with all my might And I'll get it out of my way nowAladdin groans I'm sick of playing prince Let's pick pockets•If there ever was a single uote sufficient to describe a whole character this is it Aladdin is a thief Aladdin is also the boy with the brightest smile and liveliest temper and the most fiery heart your mind could conjure And he is also of course all kinds of adorable His love story with the jinni Zahra is a slow burn dance that will mesmerise even the most demanding of readers I'm most certainly not talking about myself and that I warn you will make you ache You will melt and cry and rejoice but all the time you'll ache inside for the two of them Not only for the two of them to be together but also for each of them to find their wayI should probably add that view spoilerwhen a groom stops his wedding because he realizes he's in love with another is embarrassing both for the never to be spouses and The Other Woman hide spoiler

  9. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    I SENSE THE BOY the moment he sets foot in the cave For the first time in centuries I stir I am smoke in the lamp and I curl and stretch shaking off the lethargy of five hundred years I feel I have half turned to stone The sound of his footsteps rattles me like a clap of thunder and I bolt fully awakeAs you can tell from the blurb this is a retelling of Aladdin I was afraid I wouldn't like this book for reasons but I really did enjoy it I love Zahra the jinni from the lamp Aladdin is a twat at times but he's wonderful too Even though Aladdin found Zahra's lamp and he's her master for now he's very kind to her Zahra is one of the most powerful jinn in the world and she has been alive for 4000 years Aladdin is out for revenge against Darian and his father who did some really messed up stuff to his family And Zahra gets to come along for the ride She does a good bit of shape shifting in the book and I loved that the things you can ease drop on when your something elseCaspida is the daughter of the King but also a descendant to one of the gods of long ago I loved her character as well She was like a female Robin Hood but only in the sand not the woods lol She also has a bad to the bone band of women that were awesome too Darian and his evil father are looking to take over the throne but not if Aladdin Zahra and Caspida have anything to do with it There are other things happening in the book and it's all good reading It's a wonderful little love story that has a little of everything Will Zahra and Aladdin make it? Will they be able to love each other even though it is forbidden? Read the book to find out MY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading List

  10. Clara Clara says:

    45 WONDERFUL AND CAPTIVATING stars I actually picked this one uite randomly and without any high expectations about it but to my greatest astonishment this book turned out to be my best surprise of the year so far I honestly couldn’t find one thing I didn’t love about it or one reason why I shouldn’t give this book 45 stars So here it is 45 amazing stars The story We’re following Zahra a very old and powerful Jinni who’s been stuck in her lamp for thousands of years But one day a thief called Aladdin is going to find her lamp and release her from its walls becoming her new master with 3 wishes at his disposal What Zahra didn’t expect was to find herself slowly caring for the boy despite her goal to reach her freedom at all costs and not repeat the past by angering the King of the Jinn who could destroy humans and their world “I have no form” I say my voice shifting and multiplying a dozen voices speaking at once “I have no name I am the Slave of the Lamp and your will is my will Your wishes are my commands” The world building and plot Honestly I was completely bewitched and captivated by the whole concept of the book the Jinn or precisely the retelling of Aladdin I found it to be really uniue unlike any other fantasy book I’ve read and the writing which I HAD to notice because of how beautiful enchanting and dreamy it was made the whole thing come alive in my hands putting sparks and stars in my eyes and it made it so easy to picture things such as the city the outfits but most of all the Jinn and their magic The world was very well thought out and original intricate but not overly confusing with unnecessary details and complex concepts regarding the fantasy elements of the story The intrigue was very fast paced once again the writing making it so easy to be hooked even when there’s not much action but the story was still full of adventure and feelings and the last uarter of the book was truly badass and full of magic it blew my mind I also loved that the girls were the highlight in this book all of them being badass smart and brave it was full on girl power Sometimes you can’t choose what happens to you but you can choose who you become because of it The characters First we have our Jinni Zahra I don’t know how but it seems lately I’m only reading books where I find the female lead to be extremely lovable and Zahra was no exception Despite looking like a sixteen year old girl Zahra is actually thousands of years old making her very mature reasonable smart strong a bit guarded because of a hurtful past but through her adventures with Aladdin she’s going to learn to become human again letting her feelings fill her and accepting them getting lighter and discovering how to have fun with him I loved how despite being one of the last powerful jinn I didn’t feel the special snow flake vibe from her she felt like a very important side kick character and it was really refreshing As for Aladdin he completely charmed me He is cocky and a bit of a charmer he’s reckless and impetuous yet he’s also sweet brave faithful loving joking a lot and most of the times with a grin on his face He’s the kind of easy going guy you can’t help but love but he’s also haunted by his past and set on getting his revenge for his parents I liked how he showed Zahra to enjoy life and helped her see that loving a human again is not wrong Caspida was also a very strong and badass character I loved her and her girls how they fight for their people how clever they were This book was just full of amazing girls taking control of their lives and not letting themselves be enslaved by duty or men they’re being their own hero THAT’s the spirit “The things that were once sweet to me are now bitter The sun is not half so bright The stars seem dimmer All this wealth and luxury feels meaningless All the world is in your shadow Zahra I cannot help but see you when I close my eyes” The romance It was uite important in the story however it never overshadowed the world building or the plot It was a slow burn romance no insta love Zahra and Aladdin spending time together and getting to know the other one I liked how for a while we could think it would follow the original story with Aladdin being charmed by Caspida but how ultimately the only girl he could see was Zahra Their relationship felt natural and beautiful with an easy banter but at the same time it was also sensual and passionate and yet they were also so cute together it really had me enchanted the whole time 3 “If you’re not free to love” I whisper “you’re not free at all” Well I don’t know what else to say to convince you that this fantasy is sooo much worth reading especially because it doesn’t leave you unsatisfied there’s an actual ending real closure without any cliffhanger

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