Author: Jessica Khoury
Expected Release Date: February 23, 2016
Received from: publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
I received this book from the publisher as a “bonus” book alongside with other copies that I requested. Initially, I didn’t want to read the book, because I wasn’t really interested in reading an Aladdin re-make (the Disney version will always be my one and only). However, after seeing reviews from other book bloggers, I decided to give it a go.
What makes this retelling of Aladdin was the fact that it wasn’t entirely about him- it was about Zahra’s journey and her relationship with him. It wasn’t entirely fast nor slow paced, but it was a slow burn for me. The story grew on me as we got to know more about Zahra; Aladdin himself was very mischievous and charming, but more mature than his Disney counterpart.
Zahra’s story was really unique, and a hypnotic tale as well. I highly recommend this novel.