Hey everyone! I read The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury back in July and wrote a mini-review, but never posted it. You can check it out on Goodreads here. The cover: (By the way, this is spoiler-free so you can read it if you haven’t read the book yet.)
Really enjoyed this one!! I thought it had some flaws—mostly due to the pacing of the story and getting into it—but otherwise I highly recommend it. The writing was beautiful, and it was so unique for YA. Again, I love the Arabian Nights aspect to it as well as this twist on Aladdin. The romance didn’t happen quickly, and like everything else in this book it was written beautifully. I also thought that the plot itself and the world was EXTREMELY well thought out. It was so complex and intricate, the gods and the jinn, and I actually think Jessica Khoury could pull off another book in this world. Not necessarily a sequel but maybe a companion novel just because its so obvious how much thought she put to it (especially the details!) and how I think she can delve even further into the world.
Sometimes I felt a bit detached from the story, and at first I had a bit of a hard time getting into it, but once I was reading it thoroughly I started really liking it. I do have to admit it was a bit slow-moving even for me, but the writing makes up for it with the lush descriptions. Those are my only complaints, besides Zahra being a bit predictable (except at the end, that was wonderful) in her actions. A lot of times I could tell what was going to happen next, but the ending definitely made up for it.
As a summary, this book didn’t blow me away, but it definitely was worth the read and I would 100% pick up another book set in this world. 🙂
I’d rate this book around four stars–it was great, but of course I’ve read better books.
Have you read this book? How did you like it?
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