The Forbidden Wish (Hardcover)

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The Forbidden Wish was a highly entertaining book. I’ve never read a retelling of Aladdin and never expected to read one quite like this! It’s told from the jinni’s (genie’s) view, which gave the book an extra twist to it. The world that Jessica Khoury has created in Parthenia is a page-turning story full of magic, scheming uncles, a posse of badass handmaidens, and a lopsided love triangle romance. Many fantasy/romance novels often seem gimmicky or cheesy, but this book never read that way. The romance that develops is one that I was cheering on from the outside, and the best part is the characters are so great by themselves, that they’re also great together. A shout out to Jessica Khoury for a beautiful and original fantasy/romance/retelling/payback story.

— Zoe, TC Teen Advisory Board; Mountain Vista High School, Highlands Ranch, CO


"Lush, romantic, and exquisitely written . . . a rare, glittering jewel of a novel." Sarah J. Maas, author of the New York Times bestsellingThrone of Glassseries
"This is Aladdin like you've never imagined." Renee Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and the Dawn

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 the Aladdin story from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

About the Author

Jessica Khoury holds a BA in English from Toccoa Falls College. When not writing, she spends her time on the soccer pitch or traveling the world. She lives in Easley, South Carolina, with her husband and two dogs. Jessica is also the author ofOrigin, Vitro, and Kalahari. Follow her on Twitter @jkbibliophile. For more info, visit"
Product Details
ISBN: 9781595147677
ISBN-10: 1595147675
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English