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Novel: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury | GoodreadsRelease Date: February 23, 2016Publisher: Razorbill
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.
Okay, so last week, I read Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I became obsessed with it, and I can assure y'all that a GLOWING review is headed your way.I know that The Forbidden Wish is a completely different story - both have separate dynamics - but it got me on this insane Arabian Nights kick. It's definitely a trend this year. If you look at some upcoming 2016 releases, many feature desert backdrops or cultural inspiration centered around those types of traditions. I loved A Thousand Nights and I'm currently reading The Wrath and the Dawn and I just know that I'm going to continue to devour them.I'm obsessed with fairytale retellings and I couldn't think of anyone better suited to tackle one than Jessica Khoury. She has this lovely habit of framing her stories in elegantly-plotted structures, while keeping this lyrical flow to her words. It's a balance that's really tricky to do successfully, and so I'm a devout follower of her stories. I think she could definitely do a lot with the imagery and flair present in this kind of read. Plus, we know she's killer with the magnetic romance.Plus, have you seen the publicity PenguinTeen's been pulling out for this one? Between the hilarious fake texts between Aladdin and Zahra and their amazing preorder deal, they've got quite the release planned for this one.