I actually finished ‘The Forbidden Wish Sneak Peek’ a couple of days ago – courtesy of NetGalley and consisting of eight glorious chapters. However, university assignments got in the way and I wasn’t able to write a review (of sorts) about it till today.
To put it simply, I loved it! Aladdin is still the rugged boy thief we know and love – but this time with a darker side to his personality. Zahra is a jinni with a mysterious and traitorous past. I really want to know more about the friendship between her and Roshana. Caspida is the beautiful rebel princess, who also happens to be Aladdin’s ticket to revenge. All the characters (so far) are wonderfully mysterious and intriguing. And there doesn’t seem like any danger of insta-love between the main characters!
The descriptions of the Arabian setting were rich and beautiful. At times, there was a bit of confusion with how the world worked and Zahra’s past, but I suspect it’ll be cleared further into the story. Also, I really liked the narration – Zahra telling the story as if to her beloved friend Roshana, who she also supposedly betrayed and started wars between the jinn and humans. The songs and poems revolving around their friendship and betrayal was a nice touch too.
The eight chapters got over too fast, and suddenly February seems too far away! ‘The Forbidden Wish’ has definitely made its way to my list of most anticipated books of 2016. Its also a standalone novel, which I’m glad for. I love reading series but with so many books on my TBR list, standalones are totally welcome. And I haven’t read many fantasy standalones (I think one, and I didn’t really like it) so I’m eager to see how this one turns out!
Have you read the first eight chapters – or an ARC of the book? What did you think? (No spoilers, please) If you haven’t, are you looking forward to The Forbidden Wish? Let me know in the comments.