‘The Forbidden Wish’ Wished It Could Have Gone Farther


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.


Zahra gives off this very heartless and ‘I don’t care’ attitude. She acts tough and badass but she has her flaws. She’s sad and lonely. She’s good at being a jinni and that bothers her because jinnis in this book are cruel, mischievous and selfish. You definitely see Zahra become more vulnerable and open as the book went on an I really liked seeing that side of her. Honestly, when the book first started I didn’t really like Zahra she seemed self-centered but once you learn the full story you see that Zahra is really just misunderstood.

Aladdin is similar to the Aladdin in Aladdin. He is a thief who grew up with parents who are considered as heroes. He’s playful and flirty and you don’t really see him get really serious a lot. As the book goes on you see Aladdin become more mature and caring compared to his old self. I liked Aladdin. I thought it was kind of cool how he was sort of similar to Aladdin from Aladdin.


So, the plot was something that I wasn’t the biggest fan of. At the beginning of the book the plot starts moving fast and I wasn’t a big fan of how quick the plot started out. After Zahra and Aladdin meet to me to the plot began to feel really slow. Things were happening but I wasn’t really interested in what was happening, so it felt like I was being dragged along. Towards the end of the book, the plot began to speed up and that made me enjoy the book so much more. 


I enjoyed seeing the relationship between Zahra and Aladdin develop. At first, they start off as friends but then they both start to develop feelings for each other. Their relationship is forbidden because Zahra is a jinni and jinn can’t have relationships with humans. 

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 4 out of 5. I enjoyed the characters and seeing them develop and change. I liked seeing the similarities between this book and Aladdin. I feel like there were a lot of similarities but also a lot of differences. The only thing I wasn’t the biggest fan of was the plot. This book is next book to be kicked off. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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