Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan at Bookslayer Reads which aims to showcase standalone books which you loved or would recommend.
The Forbidden Wish by 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 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.
It’s well known by now how much I love fairytale retellings, but for some reason The Forbidden Wish is one I still haven’t gotten around to. That will change soon, before the year is over at least, now I own a copy of this book thanks to my Souvenirs from Across the World partner.
I’ve heard brilliant things about The Forbidden Wish, it seems like everyone who’s read it so far has loved it so I’m excited to get around to it myself. I haven’t read many Aladdin retellings, in fact the only other one I’ve read I wasn’t a fan of, so hopefully this will be a memorable read for me as well.
“And what do you know of love?”
“That it must be a choice.”
“Oh, my naive thief. ” I pause briefly to meet his gaze. “Love is rarely a choice.”
What did you think of The Forbidden Wish? Have you read it yet or is it still on your to-read list? Let me know in the comments and let me know if you took part in this week’s Standalone Sunday as well.