Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.


Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
Oh, and I moved my Google Friend Connect info and share this buttons to the top, as without our friends, who are we?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

SNEAK PEEK: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury (1-5 Chapters Free)

Title: The Forbidden Wish 
Author: Jessica Khoury
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Rating: * * * * *
Publishers: Razorbill
(Feb 23, 2016)
Hardback: 352 pages
ISBN: 978-1595147677
FTC Disclosure: Sneak Peek provided by the publisher via Netgalley

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.

Editorial Reviews (from Amazon)


"An exciting tale of deception, forbidden love, and dangerous magic, starring a cheeky thief and powerful but vulnerable jinni. Fans of fairytale retellings set in faraway landsfull of romance, daring-do and pulse-pounding action will fall for this swoon-worthy tale..."

"Lush and magical... anyone who ever loved Aladdin or One Thousand and One Nights is going to be hooked."
"Lyrically written."
School Library Journal

"Playful chemistry and Khoury’s assured storytelling should make it easy for readers to lose themselves in this rich and complex story of allegiances and betrayal."
Publishers Weekly

"Though the dynamic ending fully concludes their story, readers will likely long for more stories—say, 1,000 of them. Dripping in magic, strong women, and forbidden love."
Kirkus Reviews

"Deliciously sensual yet and compelling. The competing allegiances and ambivalent outcomes test Zahra’s long-held assumptions about self and other, her beliefs about love and freedom. Teens will appreciate Zahra’s tough choices as ones they face for themselves."
Voice of Youth Advocates

"Lush, romantic, and exquisitely written--The Forbidden Wish is a rare, glittering jewel of a novel. I was captivated from the very first sentence and never wanted it to end! Absolutely stellar--and utterly unforgettable."
--Sarah J. Maas, Author of the NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling THRONE OF GLASS series
The Forbidden Wish reminded me of all that I love about the story of Aladdin, now told through the eyes of a narrator who is as human and flawed as she is powerful and cunning. Add to that a compelling new romance and I found myself adoring this tale immensely, from beginning to end.”
Marissa MeyerNEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of CINDER and THE LUNAR CHRONICLES

The Forbidden Wish has everything you’d hope for in a retelling of the Aladdin story—hanging-by-your-fingertips danger, palace intrigue, a dark villain, forbidden love, a swashbuckling hero, and a feisty, dagger-eyed princess, and yet each richly written chapter in this thrilling adventure story is full of unexpected surprises. I was utterly absorbed from the first page!”
--Colleen Houck, Author of the NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling TIGER'S CURSE series

"This is Aladdin like you've never imagined. Filled with unexpected twists and turns reminiscent of a magic carpet ride, Jessica Khoury's The Forbidden Wish is a must-read for anyone who loves a fantastic story."

Read the first five chapters here
My feelings exactly!

This was one of the most entertaining Aladdin re-tellings I've read. Even though I only got a sneak peek at this fabulous story it was enough to send me straight to Amazon to add to my pre-order list. I'm always a sucker for a Jinn storyline and actually didn't realize till I'd read the first chapter that it was an Aladdin re-telling. I'm already in love with the world that  Jessica Khoury built and the combination of the backstory and the adventurous Aladdin has got me counting the hours till release so I can read the rest of the story. I was hooked immediately and when I realized that the sneak peek was over I was berating myself for getting sucked into a story that I knew I  was going to have to wait another five days to finish. If the rest of the story is as good as the beginning, I'll be up all night reading it.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at some of the inspiration behind The Forbidden Wish at 

Jessica Khoury's Pinterest site HERE

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