Title: The Forbidden Wish
Author: Jessica Khoury
Genre: YA Fantasy
The Forbidden Wish is an Aladdin retelling where the Jinni is a female. The whole story is written in her POV. It starts with Aladdin finding the lamp and he rubs it and sets the jinni free to grant him his three wishes. Just that this particular jinni is a very strong and old one and only a few of them are left. She has a dark history and she’s wanted and hunted in a world where magic is forbidden and where Jinni’s face their deaths if they are found and it goes on from there. Not to spoil too much in this section, the jinni, aka Zahra, has been in the lamp for a long long time until now that Aladdin has found her because he had been led to her with a ring. A ring that’s also been wanted by the Prince and his father. So both, Aladdin and his jinni are hunted and their adventure starts from here. Aladdin has his three wishes but Zahra has a mission and from there on things go downhill and lead to a story of love, friendship, betrayal and sacrifices.
I give this story a 5/5 because of one simple reason and that is that it captured me and while it took me a while to get into it, not because of the book but because of my reading habits of being a slow reader and having too much on her mind to focus, the last 80% of the book took me in and I finished the whole book in 2 days. For me, reading a book in 2 days says a lot because even for a 300 pages book it usually takes me like a week or 2 if I focus on this one book so for this to take me in and for me reading it in 2 days it deserves a 5/5 with no question asked.
Also, Aladdin is one of my all time favourite Disney movies and Aladdin is my favourite “Prince” and I love him and this book only made me love him even more.
The next part is gonna be spoilery so be aware of that.
What I really loved about this book is the romance part which is really weird because usually I’m not one for the romance bit. I don’t really like books where the romance is the main focus but good thing is that the romance isn’t necessarily the main thing tho it does use a good part of the book. I loved this romance tho because it was different and forbidden. It makes it more magical. Aladdin falls in love with his Jinni and vice versa but Zahra knows that it’s forbidden. This is how she lost her last Master. Her last master wished for her Jinni to be free and in this book wishes usually always have a way to go bad so with her wishing for Zarah’s freedom, she got herself killed in the end. Zahra loved her Master like a sister but the highest ruler of the Jinni doesn’t approve of Jinnis falling in love with humans so he turned Zahra against her Master after she made the wish and Zahra had to follow his demand because she was superior. This part of her history made her realise that she can’t ever fall in love with one of her masters ever again. That is until she met Aladdin and she feels herself falling in love but she fights it. Aladdin tells her that she loves her and he wanted to wish her free but she made him stop, she told him that it was the forbidden wish and that he under no circumstances can wish for that. No matter what. With the book going she falls in love more and more and she cares for Aladdin a lot and she just falls deeper and deeper.
The part that is similar to the film is the second wish Aladdin made to become a Prince. Tho in this case it was Zahra who kind of gave him the idea out of a selfish reason. One of the last 3 jinnis of her kind is trapped in the castle and Aladdin wants revenge on the Prince so she gave him the idea to go the the Palace as a Prince and win over the Princess to get to marry her and get revenge on her uncle and his son for killing his parents. Zahra would have the opportunity to get into the Palace to free the other jinn.
This books was amazing and it trapped me into its spell and I’m glad I read it because it was a beautiful and wonderful story and I really truly love it. I love Aladdin.
Aladdin is such a sweetheart in this book. He cares so much.