Standalone Sunday: The Forbidden Wish

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

The Forbidden Wish

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.

36 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday: The Forbidden Wish

  1. I can’t believe I still haven’t read this book yet! Omg, it’s been on my TBR for what feels like forever! So happy to see you feature it for SS!

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  2. Oh my gosh yes, Beth, you HAVE to read this book!! 😀 Considering you love fairytale retellings, and the beautiful world-building and magic of this book, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy it ahah. ❤ At least I hope so! It was definitely one of the most imaginative retellings I've read.

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  3. I’m so, SO happy you’re featuring this book, Beth! I can’t wait for you to read it – if it’s not done by now – and I hope you’ll love it as much as I did ❤

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      1. (and I just noticed I didn’t finish the sentence above ^^ I was saying I really liked how the author wrote about the world and the characters!)

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  4. gahhhhh! The Forbidden Wish is also on my TBR, one that I’ve been trying so hard to get to since Aladdin is my #1 fave Disney movie of all time! I hope this is as good as everyone says it is, great pick Beth <3!

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    1. Ahh I can’t say Aladdin is my favourite Disney movie, but this is a fairytale retelling and I have a weakness for those so I want to try and start this book ASAP. I hope you manage to get around to this one soon, and I hope you really enjoy it too.
      Thanks Lilly! 😀 ❤

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      1. Oh I know about your re-telling addiction because we share the same love for them 😂 I can’t wait to read this one, Next year I plan on reading a ton of my backlist books and maybe less review book haha! 💜

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      2. Same here Beth, I’ve already been approved for a few arcs from January through April but they’re 1 or 2 per mth nicely spread out. Let’s see how long it stays that way though 🤣🤣🤣

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  5. Ooooh, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an Aladdin retelling! And the romantic interest being the genie instead of a princess – an interesting twist! This book sounds pretty good! 🙂

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