The Forbidden Wish

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Penguin, Feb 23, 2016 - Young Adult Fiction - 352 pages
"Lush, romantic, and exquisitely written . . . a rare, glittering jewel of a novel."—Sarah J. Maas, author of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series

"This is Aladdin like you've never imagined."—Renée Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and the Dawn

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.

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User Review  - Kirkus

A Middle East-inspired fantasy version of "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp." Jinni Zahra, long imprisoned in her lamp, has languished for hundreds of years in a dead city as punishment for a mysterious ... Read full review

The Forbidden Wish

User Review  - Publishers Weekly

In a departure from her scientific thrillers, Khoury (Kalahari) offers a vibrant reimagining of the story of Aladdin’s lamp. Zahra is a powerful jinni who has been doomed to the prison of her lamp and ... Read full review

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Chapter Three
Chapter Eight
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter TwentyOne
Chapter TwentyFour
Chapter TwentySix

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About the author (2016)

Jessica Khoury holds a BA in English from Toccoa Falls College. When not writing, she spends her time on the soccer pitch or traveling the world. She lives in Easley, South Carolina, with her husband and two dogs. Jessica is also the author of OriginVitro, and Kalahari. Follow her on Twitter @jkbibliophile. For more info, visit

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