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Aladdin, but not as you remember it….

On the dusty streets, around the bustling bazaars, being overlooked by a Sultan’s Palace was a land. A land of magic, secrets and treasures buried deep beneath the desert.

Through Arabian nights, dark forces are at work. Dark forces that can threaten the peace of everyone in the Kingdom. Watch our authors as they answer the question, c
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Kindle Edition, 1301 pages
Published May 25th 2019
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Jamie Lee Zonneveld
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a review of Worthless (story 5) by Holly Hook.

The story started a bit slow and I didn't know if I would like it but after a couple chapters I was so glad I read on. I loved Alani's story. Another great read by Holly Hook.
Emily
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review is for “The Sphere of Infinity” by Day Leitao. I really enjoyed this retelling of Aladdin. Alana is a thief, barely scraping a living on her planet Samitri. She’s tiny, so she can take jobs that no one else can. While escaping from a job after an alarm gave her away, she meets Jasper, a kind and handsome boy who helps her escape. Then she takes on a job to find a mysterious golden sphere on a dead ship orbiting near her planet. This goes terribly wrong and she ends up fighting for he ...more
Adena
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a review of "Worthless" by Holly Hook, from the Kingdom of Sand and Wishes anthology.

What if Aladdin was a girl? In this reverse fairy tale, we get to find out! It's not the first time Holly Hook has taken a fairy tale and turned it on its head... or side... but it's an exciting take on a familiar tale. Most of the plot stays true to form, but with opposite gendered characters. Truly, it is the characters that make this book so marvelous - the heroes are lovable and the villains are easy
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Denise
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I have only read one story in this book. The Djinn Curse by Margo Ryerkerk. This review is for that story.

Enjoyable story of a girl who is forced to be a Djinn and assist a powerful Djinn in extracting his revenge over the Queen and Prince of the Ottoman Empire. Roxelena is brought to the capital city off Istanbul to play the part of the "Trojan Horse." She alone can get through the wards that keep the Djinn out of the city and destroy them from the inside. Falling in love with Prince Nadir was
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Marita
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a review of Sultana of Amethyst Sands, part of Kingdom of Sand and Wishes. I received an ARC. The review and rating reflect my true opinion of the story.

The main character of this story is not Aladdin but Aladdah, a girl from the poorer part of town. When her master the magician Acanthus Lets her down into a cave to get a lamp she acquires the genie Bahira. For Aladdah the genie offers her a possibility to get a better life for herself and her mother.

Then she meets the prince. Suddenly h
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Shari Davis
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a retelling of the famous fairy tale Aladdin told by Maria Vermisoglou
Warning 18+
In this story "For the Love of the Lamp: A Thief's Tale" Maria Vermisoglou introduces us to the hero Tristan who met his aunt in his hometown
She told him many amazing tales about her adventures and she tricked him into helping her retrieve a treasure that holds ultimate incredible power in it
His aunt left him alone when he refused to hand her the treasure before she helped him out of the abandoned house that
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L.J. Bus
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve only read Worthless by Holly Hook, the 5th story in this bundle. So my review is for that book.
I’m not normally a huge fan of retellings but since I am a fan of Holly’s work, curiousity got the better of me and I read this book.
At the beginning I was thinking that it’s just not my cup of tea, couldn’t ‘dive’ into the story like with her other books. But again, I was too curious so I kept reading. And sure enough, I started getting into the story, right at the moment when it became obvious t
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Nadine
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
J.A. Armitage and Emma Savant - GREAT STORIES!

My review is for The First Wish by J.A. Armitage and Sultana of Amethyst Sands by Emma Savant.

The First Wish - This box set is well worth your money for this story alone. It was amazing! Original, exciting, and enjoyable. I loved this story from start to finish!

Sultana of Amethyst Sands - A full-length novel. The quality of the writing was very high. A page-turner! I loved Bahira, loved! An exhilarating and surprising story!

I know they’re all rete
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Amanda Forry-Fino
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT... For the Love of the Lamp by Maria Vermisoglo, apart of Kingdom of Sand and Wishes: A limited edition of Aladdin retellings. Just had come out today!

This was a delight and entertaining read, I've found myself loving the story, and the flow of it. All the main characters had golden hearts. I love how it was a 2019 Aladdin, and just in time for the new Disney ALADDIN move. I would very highly recommend it to all of my friends and family. :)

Fantastical Job Marie!!!

~Author Ama
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Michelle
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great fun!

I’m a huge Aladdin fan. I’ve seen the cartoon movie countless times. So I was happy to receive a copy of Worthless by Holly Hook to read and review. A thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish. I enjoyed the twist of Aladdin as Alani very much. Looking forward to reading some of the other stories because really there can never be too much Aladdin!
I received an ARC copy for free from the author. I voluntarily review this book. This is my honest review.
Crystal
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Sphere of Infinity by Day Leitao - An Aladdin retelling, Alana is a thief just trying to survive and help her mom. She gets a job offer that could set them up for life, if only things go as planned. Jasper is on Samitri partly because his mom wants him to toughen up. Things for him don't go like she plans. I really enjoyed this and think Alana and Jasper were cute. I would love to see where things head for them in the future as well.
Mandy Parmenter
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Djinn Curse by Margo Ryerkerk - 4*

Roxelana was forced to become a Djinn 100 years ago and has been waiting for her shot at freedom. However to do that she needs to sacrifice the sultan prince to the djinn king however she hesitates after observing the care that he takes with his people. Who will she choose - herself or him?

Nice story with a great reason for her torment over the decision. Well written and very pleasant to read.
Panida
Jun 14, 2019 added it
Holly Hook is a good writer. If you like retelling fiction, I would recommend this spellbinding, and adventurous story. I can’t wait to read the other stories soon.

What would life be like if you could live in a world of riches and fancy things. What if Aladdin was a girl and not a guy? Alani must endure many difficult choices and life changes.

I was given an ARC book by Holly Hook to write a review.
Ramona Plant
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Note, I read The Djinn Curse by Margo Ryerkerk.

The Djinn Curse by Margo Ryerkerk is not your usual Arabian Nights Djinn story. The author come up with an imaginative story that takes you on a fantasy ride that is different from the ones you were told as a little kid. I really enjoyed how she came up with something completely different from what we have been told about Djinns in the past. Quite honestly I don't recall Djinns being written about a lot in paranormal stories so this was an extra bon
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Charlotte Raymond
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a review for Worthless by Holly Hook. For the first couple of chapters I struggled to continue reading the book, However the more I read, the more intrigued I became, and the book turned out to be a lot better than I thought. This book is definitely worth reading as it does the whole gender swap of a classic really well.
Carol
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story of young love between Tristán and Nori. This story, part of the Kingdom of Sand and Wishes: A limited edition of Aladdin retellings, is full of excitement and a great , clean story. It was a joy to read, and I look forward to reading more books of Ms. Vermisoglou.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Kira Assad
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review is for Worthless by Holly Hook. I loved the twists and turns in this story. The characters were fabulous, and the story itself drew me in from the very first page. I have to say this is one of my favorite takes on the Aladdin story and one of my favorite fairytale retellings in general. I am very excited to dive into more of the stories in this boxset!
Sheila Gabler
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a review for The Djinn Curse by Margo Ryerkerk. This was an entertaining story that had well rounded characters that you came to care about and admire. I enjoyed Roxelana's journey and all she went through to break her curse. Watching Nadir grow up and accept his responsibilities was encouraging and lovely to read.
Michele Evans
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great retelling of old tales!!

I did not read all the books in the series yet but want to review the one I did.
The Djinn Curse
This was a great story about a former princess, captured and imprisoned for 100 years as a djinn in a lamp. When she is finally let out, it is to grant wishes to someone who has Nefarious plans for Istanbul. Good story with a happy ending.
Rosalind Bath
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this story very much. Roxelana has been cursed to the lamp for 100 years and finally gets her shot at freedom. This is a lovely take on the Aladdin type story. Good v's evil. Will love save the day?! Well written and a real page turner.
Lucinda
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great collection of books! All very well done and original. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Tina
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a charming retelling of Aladdin. Very creative and different. I will definitely read more from Maria Vermisoglou.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Heather Bane
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading For the Love of the Lamp: A Theif’s Tale, it’s a Great book. It’s well written with great characters. Love fairytale retellings especially Aladdin and the author did a great job!!!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Barbara
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Sphere of Infinity by Day Leitao
"Surrender, trust, relax." This is a lovely PG13 tale to pass an afternoon or evening but does have elements that make it PG13 rather than family-friendly.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Kimberly
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
My review is for The Djinn Curse by Margo Ryerkerk.

I really enjoyed this story! The characters were great and there wasn't a boring scene at all in this story line! If you like Aladdin then you definitely need to read this book!
Amanda Williams
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing boxset from start to finish. There was not one story in this I didn't like. Cannot wait to read more from these amazing authors.
Véronique Laplante Grenier
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My review is for Worthless by Holly Hook.

I have really enjoyed reading this reverse version of the classic tale Aladin.
Barbara
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A set of books all about Aladdin retellings, they all have their own merits this is a group of stories I would recommend. I am doing a review on The Sphere of Infinity by Day Leitao this is an Author I have not read before a well written story that is Alana and Jasper’s story. I want to read the next book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jackie
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fabulous. Each and every story is a definite win. Magical all the way. Still danger lurks everywhere. One of the stories that stands out is “The Sphere of Infinity” . From the first page to the last, you’re lost in this different land. Amazing retelling of Aladdin as you’ve never seen before. I also enjoyed the story “Worthless “ by Holly Hook. Absolutely fabulous.
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
My review is for The Djinn Curse by Margo Ryerkerk

Roxelana was a human until the day she had her freedom and everything she cared about taken from her. Roxelana was taken and turned into a djinn and locked away in a lamp for 100 hundred years.

Roxelana is sent to Istanbul to help the king of djinn’s over throw the Prince of Sultan and so he can take over Istanbul and all the humans to use as his slaves. Roxelana has a very big heart and doesn’t want to hurt anyone but she is just a pawn of the k
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