The Forbidden Wish
Author: Jessica Khoury
Title: The Forbidden Wish
Series: The Forbidden Wish 1
Genre: High Fantasy
Pairing: M/F, F/F
Rating: One Petal
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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?
Zahra has been trapped in a lamp for a few hundred years. When Aladdin finds her, at first she's happy just to be free. As Aladdin gets involved with fighting the oppressive politics of the evil vizier and Zahra is offered the dream of freedom by the leader of the jinni, Zahra quickly realizes that both she and Aladdin will most likely be dead before Aladdin can ask for all three of his wishes.
This book had so much promise. The premise of the series as a retelling of the classic Aladdin tale, but with the genie as a woman, sounded very interesting. It did not live up to that premise at all. The plot stuttered and stopped, moving along smoothly one moment before becoming distracted by something shiny. There were parts that dragged and were utterly boring combined with sections of the story that were actually interesting. Unfortunately, as the story went on those interesting parts came less often.
I also had a lot of issue with the writing style. The story was written in first person present tense. The problem with that is the present tense of the descriptive sections is constantly fighting with the past tense of all the speech sections. I've also found it's almost impossible for authors to be consistent with the present tense as there are almost always mistakes in the grammar, as there were in this book.
This story had a lot of promise, but it was completely squandered. The plot had no flow and the writing style of present tense really hurt the overall story. I cannot recommend it.
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