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Publisher's Summary

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 that 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.

©2016 Jessica Khoury (P)2016 Tantor

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"Lush, romantic, and exquisitely written - The Forbidden Wish is a rare, glittering jewel of a novel." (Sarah J. Maas, author of Queen of Shadows)

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Imaginative & Enjoyable Rewrite of Aladdin

I really enjoyed this book! Writing the book from the Genie's point of view worked very well as the Jinn in literature and in this book are much maligned. Yet here is a Genie who mourns and is filled with regret who is trapped by the rules and powers that created and bind her not only to her lamp. Those same forces plus the fear and hatred of her kind keep her from doing what she most deeply wants to do. The world, creatures and events that Jessica Khoury has created around this age old tale greatly entertain as the surprises, twists, turns, magic greed and evil all work together to create an exciting, fun, story that draws you forward though out the book. Enjoy!

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Beautifully written and narrated

Where does The Forbidden Wish rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Beautifully written and narrated; an absolute gem! The re-imagining of old tales is often a average read for me, but this book took me by surprise and ranks at the top of my list. It reads like poetry. The descriptions don't bog down, are not redundant, and fill the mind with smells and tactile images. The story as a whole resembles the old story, but is retold with such an innovative voice, it is received as an entirely new work of art. I have so enjoyed this book, and wish there were more.

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Cardboard Characters

I didn't finish this title. The plot was too unbelievable and the characters were too. I loved the idea of a story written from a genie's POV but it didn't flesh out well.

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interesting take on a classic fairytale

I would recommend this book to those who like "remixed" fairy tales. The writing style was at a teen level but the story didn't center on feelings or entirely focus on the romance. I feel the characters were nicely developed. Narration was fine, diction was a little strange sometimes but that could have been related to the level of literature. Overall, worth the listen!

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Fun, whimsical story.

I really enjoyed this story of Aladin from the genies point if view. Fun story!

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Magic in your ears

Where does The Forbidden Wish rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among those that I have listened to, this is my favorite audiobook. There were a few others that are close, but thus far, this is the best.

What did you like best about this story?

Cassandra Campbell's performance of Zahra.

Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

Zahra, the main character was the best performed, no doubt.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This book took me several sittings to finish listening to. I don't have the kind of time to listen to an audiobook for ten straight hours, unfortunately. This one was so good that I could not help but spend some of that time to comment about it.

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Cassandra Cambell weaves a spell into your ears with the words written by Jessica Khoury. This book and the way that it was performed are simply magical, and the way Cassandra's voice breathed life into Zahra, the emotion that you felt throughout the tale from her as you see it all from her eyes gave you a connection with the character that you rarely can find in fiction.

Beyond that, the character of Zahra was a fascinating and lovely character. She had far more patience than I would have in some situations that she found herself in, and I could not help but think it befitting of one who was what she was. Even so, her sanity after so long almost seems impossible.

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OMG BETTER THAN THE DISNY MOVIE

The best book ever

It’s mysterious
And great.jessica Khoury is my AR hero bets author ever planing on reading every book from her😂

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Very enjoyable

I purchased this book because it is narrated by Cassandra Campbell, who is one of my favorites. But the book itself is very fun and enjoyable. I felt myself right there with Aladin and his Genie.

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Beautiful and magical

An enjoyable rendition of Aladdin that paints a magical picture for the listeners. There were a few moments where the speech was out of place for the time line which was slightly distracting.

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Love it!

It was an interesting take on the story of Aladdin. The characters really came alive. I found it very interesting, the parallel between the vizier and his son and Narduka and Zian. I also really liked that, rather than ending up with the princess (as in the classic tale), he ended up falling in love with the genie.

By the end, you understand everything that led her to this point. It was very interesting to see her try to fight the command from her master. It kept me at the edge of my seat, wondering if her will and her love would be enough to overcome that command. The ring, forged from her love, being the thing that finally gives her that strength.

Even when she won free, I wasn’t sure how the story would turn out. I was so afraid that she wouldn’t succeed in both beating Narduka and in reuniting with Aladdin. Ultimately, she did so and… it was beautiful!

I loved the very end bit… when she found she had no magic, she was completely lost. It had been thousands of years since she hadn’t had magic. It was so upsetting for her, at least at first. Once it struck her that… hey, I’m almost normal. It’s all good!

I loved the little twist at the end, when they were on Sinbad's ship!

Cassandra Campbell did an excellent job in narrating the story, giving each character a unique voice.