The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish #1) By Jessica Khoury [Review]

The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish, #1) RELEASE DATE: February 23rd 2016
AUTHOR:
Jessica Khoury
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Retelling, Romance.  
PUBLISHER:
Razorbill
SUMMARY: 

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.

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“You’re very pretty,” he murmurs, his voice thick with sleep, “for a jinni.”
“Have you met many jinn?”
“No.” His lips curl into a dazed grin. “But I’ve met a lot of pretty girls.”

The Forbidden Wish is a beautiful retelling of Aladdin and I absolutely loved it. I’m a huge fan of fantasy retellings but I never gave much thought to this book mostly because of the mixed reviews I’ve heard. I finally decided to give this a shot when so many people highly recommended it to me and now I’m so glad that I did.  I’ve read only few Aladdin retellings and this is definitely the best one so far. It was far better than I had expected. I loved the plot, the characters, the writing, and the setting. This is my first book by Jessica Khoury and I’m very much impressed. I’ll definitely look forward to more books from her.

“If you’re not free to love, your’re not free at all.” 

Zahra is a jinni who is trapped for five hundred years inside a lamp which is buried under the ruins of an ancient city called Neruby. When a boy discovers the mysterious lamp and rubs it, she  finally gets free and sees the outside world which she hasn’t seen in centuries. Her new master is a thief named Aladdin and she has to grant his three wishes but first she needs to disguise herself with her shape shifting ability in order to travel with him in Parthenia because the Jinn’s are illegal in his city after the war between them and dealing with everything related to magic is totally forbidden. When a ghoul sends a message from the Jinn king himself who is offering her freedom from the lamp in exchange for a job that only she could do, Zahra quickly accepts it because it would finally free her from the curse and she doesn’t have to get trapped inside the lamp again awaiting for her next  master. In order to fulfill her deal, Zahra needs to betray her master Aladdin or else the Jinn king will destroy the whole Parthenia city killing Aladdin and all the humans residing in it.

“The price of every lie is that the truth will always come out.” 

I loved Zahra! She’s strong, smart, beautiful, compassionate and totally badass but she still has some vulnerabilities which makes her a perfect protagonist. I really enjoyed her character in this book and how she handled every difficult choices. Aladdin is a super fun character. He’s smug, sassy, witty, and a womanizer. Despite being  a thief, I’m glad he’s still loyal and selfless person. I loved the relationship between Zahra and Aladdin. Their romance is totally swoon worthy. Zahra believes herself as a monster but Aladdin only saw her as a lonely sad girl. I enjoyed their every interaction and their banters always made me smile.  The romance between them is a total slow burn and definitely not an insta-love  like some people has stated.  As for the secondary characters, I liked princess Caspida and her female group who are totally kickass and quite deadly. They’re pretty good addition to the plot.

“He is the sun, and I am the moon. We must stay apart or the world will be thrown out of balance.” 

The plot is intriguing and unique. The story has captivated me from the start and it was hard for me to put this down even for a sec.  It’s a perfect ya romantic fantasy filled with exciting romance, fun, adventure, and magic. The pacing is perfect and there’s never a dull moment through out. The story is mostly focused on romance so don’t expect for an action packed plot.  I liked the unique twists in the plot and I’m glad it wasn’t an exact replica of the original story.  I enjoyed reading the story from Zahra’s POV[first-person]. The author’s beautiful writing style is another thing that made this book even more irresistible. I enjoyed the world the author has created.  There’s not much world building in this book but I loved the whole setting of Parthenia city and also the Jinn magic. 

“You can’t choose what happens to you, but you can choose who you become because of it.

Overall, I loved this book! The story finally concludes with a satisfying ending. I had so much fun reading this book and I really didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. The main characters are pretty enjoyable and they’re definitely the best part of this book.

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I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves to read YA fantasy retellings. It is definitely worth a read! 


MY RATING:
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Dark Breaks the Dawn (Untitled Duology #1) By Sara B. Larson [Review]

Dark Breaks the Dawn (Untitled, #1) RELEASE DATE: May 30th 2017
AUTHORS:
Sara B. Larson
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance.
PUBLISHER: 
Scholastic Press
SUMMARY: 
On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn onto the throne much sooner than she expected.
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The Vampire Wish (The Vampire Wish #1) By Michelle Madow [Review]

The Vampire WishRELEASE DATE: June 1st 2017
AUTHOR:
Michelle Madow
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Vampires.
PUBLISHER:
Dreamscape Publishing
SUMMARY: 

He’s a vampire prince. She’s a human blood slave. They should be enemies… but uniting might be their only hope to prevent a supernatural war.

Annika never thought of herself as weak—until the day vampires murdered her parents and kidnapped her from our world to the hidden vampire kingdom of the Vale.

As a brand new blood slave, Annika must learn to survive her dangerous new circumstances… or face imminent death from the monstrous wolves prowling outside the Vale’s enchanted walls. But not all in the kingdom is as it appears, and when a handsome vampire disguised as a human steps into her life, Annika discovers that falling for the enemy is sometimes too tempting to resist. Continue reading

Ensnared By Rita Stradling [Review]

EnsnaredRELEASE DATE:  May 23rd 2017
AUTHOR: Rita Stradling
GENRE: New-Adult, Sci-Fi, Retelling, Romance
PUBLISHER: 
Kindle Press
SUMMARY: 

A Near-Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see. Continue reading

Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) By Rachel L. Demeter [Review]

Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1)RELEASE DATE:  March 15th 2017
AUTHORS: Rachel L. Demeter
GENRE: Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Dark, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Rachel L. Demeter 
SUMMARY: 

A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST

Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.

A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE

Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.

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Hunted By Meagan Spooner [Review]

HuntedRELEASE DATE:  March 14, 2017
AUTHOR: Meagan Spooner
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy,  Retelling.
PUBLISHER: HarperTeen
SUMMARY:
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering its secrets. So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters out of their comfortable home among the aristocracy and back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. The Beast. Continue reading

Heartstone By Elle Katharine White [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  January 17, 2017
AUTHOR: Elle Katharine White
GENRE:  Young-Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Harper Voyager
SUMMARY: They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, Continue reading

RoseBlood By A.G. Howard [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  January 10, 2017
AUTHOR: A.G. Howard
GENRE:  Young-Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Amulet Books
SUMMARY: Rune, whose voice has been compared to that of an angel, has a mysterious affliction linked to her talent that leaves her sick and drained at the end of every performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, her mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, rumored to have a haunted past.

Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot. The mystery boy she’s seen frequenting the graveyard beside the opera house doesn’t have any classes at the school, and vanishes almost as quickly as he appears. When Rune begins to develop a secret friendship with the elusive Thorn, who dresses in clothing straight out of the 19th century, she realizes that in his presence she feels cured. Continue reading

A Royal Pain (The Royals Trilogy #1) By Tara Brown [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  November 1, 2016
AUTHOR: Tara Brown
GENRE:  Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
SUMMARY: When a severely drunk, and slightly drugged, Finley Roze slipped into a hospital bed, she never imagined it would start her on a path to meeting the man of her dreams.
Mostly because she didn’t believe in the man of her dreams. What seventeen-year-old even thinks of that?
But when Aiden Sorenson turns out to be Mr. Right, everything else ends up being wrong, including Finley’s family history.
Finley is exactly what she appears to be: callous, selfish, shallow, and completely friggen’ unlucky.
But everything changes when she meets him.
Even if Aiden isn’t what he seems.
When Finley discovers just WHAT he is, she is not as impressed as she should be. Continue reading

The Cold King/The Fire King By Amber Jaeger [Dual Review]

  The Cold King & The Fire King By Amber Jaeger
GENRE:    Young-Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance.


RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2013 PAGES: 188

SUMMARY: 

… Not every Beast is a prince charming at heart and not every Beauty is a maiden just waiting for love…

Calia Thorn has lived her entire life in a small town sheltered by the Cold King’s mountain. Working day and night to care for her younger siblings, complete her unending chores and please her selfish, lazy mother has left her with few dreams for her own future.
But then even those meager hopes are taken from her when the Cold King comes down from his mountain to demand a new servant. Ungraceful, unladylike, undesired and unwanted by even her own family, Calia is chosen to be sent to the palace.

The Cold King has lived for three hundred years under a curse imposed by his own father. With no hope of ever breaking it, he settles for keeping his heart frozen against any pain— or hope.

When his new servant arrives, she challenges him in ways no one ever has and sparks fly. But not every Beast is a prince charming at heart and not every beauty is a maiden just waiting for love. Continue reading