Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Forbidden Wish
Author: Jessica Khoury
Series: The Forbidden Wish #1
Format: Physical Book & Audiobook
♡ YA fantasy romance
♡ fairytale retelling
♡ irreverent hero
♡ badass heroine (& female side characters)
♡ female friendship
OMG THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING I WANTED! I’ll never forget hearing about this book from the author at a book convention – an Aladdin reimagining, except it is a romance between Aladdin and the female genie that he discovers in the lamp.
I’m so surprised that this book isn’t more popular! I love, love, love the genie’s backstory and the entire lore behind the genies. They are feared among Aladdin’s people and the genie is cursed because of her relationship with her first “master” that turned into an extremely close friendship. Her first master ended up dying for her and the entire story is from the genie’s point of view in second person because she is telling the story to her friend/first master.
The struggle that the genie goes through with loving humans was heartbreaking, because she’s only ever been burned by doing so, and then here comes Aladdin. I also liked that while she had magic and was pretty powerful, she wasn’t all-powerful and not your typical badass heroine.
Aladdin was also such a great hero. He was exactly like the Disney version, irreverent and charming.
I like how the Jafar and Jasmine characters were incorporated into the story as well. I really, really liked the princess, even though she’s not always on the same side as the antagonists.
If you like fairytale retellings, definitely give this one a try.
Because of potential spoilers, trigger warnings are listed in white. Please highlight to see the list of trigger warnings.
death of a friend, slavery, kidnapping
Audiobook Performance: 5 stars
Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars
Re-read Worthiness: Yes
Bookshelf Placement: Already there!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars