The Forbidden Wish

The Forbidden Wish

Book - 2016
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"Forced to hid her true identity, Zahra, a teenage genie, finds her chance for freedom challenged by her love for her master,"--NoveList.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] :, Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781595147677
1595147675
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 22 cm

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AshleyF2008 Jul 31, 2017

(In short) Characters were fantastic. Story was okay. Setting/history was colorful. Romance was...I would have been happier without it.

I felt our main character Zahra was strong and interesting and believable. I wish the story had focused on the friendships in the story rather than the romance with Aladdin. The "love conquers all" mantra is a bit flat for a book that seems rich in every other area. No instalove and no real love triangle, though, which is great. But that romance really was disappointing for me and the flatness of it could have been easily fixed (which is the worst part).

Truly, the characters carried this story. Everyone was vibrant and I felt like that all had a stake in what was happening. That goes the same for the history of the world that Zahra gives us.

AL_KELSEY Nov 21, 2016

This retelling of Aladdin, with a female genie gives the history and backstory of this incredible Middle Eastern tale. Love triangle, magic, and desperation abound as three teens try to understand their place in their world.

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joywolf83
Sep 04, 2016

A love story of Aladdin and his 'jinni'. Strong female leads to retake city from corrupted uncle. The ending is most powerful when the truth of what the forbidden wish is.

DPLaprilteenservices Apr 30, 2016

I'm a fan of (good) re-told fairytales and myths. This transformation of the tale of Aladdin breaks away from the Disney version and delivers a fresh take. Zahra is a fantastic, well-drawn character and Khoury's storytelling in general is really well-done. It was hard to put this one down, and you'll love the ending!

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