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The Stolen Kingdom: An Aladdin Retelling

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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  244 ratings  ·  98 reviews
How can she protect her kingdom, if she can’t protect herself?

Arie eagerly anticipates becoming Queen of her humble kingdom. Even when a Jinni’s Gift manifests before her 18th birthday, she fights to hide the forbidden ability.

But when a neighboring king attempts to marry her and steal her kingdom, discovery feels imminent. Just one slip could cost her throne
Paperback, 310 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Grace House Press
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Bethany Atazadeh
May 07, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

The Stolen Kingdom is a loose retelling of "Aladdin" and is the first in a four-book series of fantasy retellings, all based in the same world.

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*This is book one in a four-book series. The other three books in the series are set to release in fall of 2019 and spring of 2020.*
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
An exciting, tightly-plotted adventure with powerful characters, ‘The Stolen Kingdom’ really captured me. What I loved about this retelling was everything new Bethany Atazadeh brought to the classic Aladdin story – the magic, the female empowerment and combining it with a larger fairy-tale world.

The main character, Arie, really stood out to me. She’s a princess that cares about ruling her kingdom one day, without being afraid to get her hands dirty and do things for herself. Her dete
andrea 🥀✨
Jul 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
this cover is so pretty omg i need this book
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: retellings
It was a really nice retelling of Aladdin.
I loved the magic, the gifts and the characters. The adventures were really fun and often unexpected.
The resolution of the different issues they encounter feels sometimes a bit too easy and would have needed more time and trials to be more believable.
The relationships between the characters are sweet but again it evolves faster than expected and I would have preferred some time to build feelings and attachement, same thing with the attractio
Lilly Torin
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Stolen Kingdom by Bethany is a YA fantasy loose (very very very loose) retelling of Aladdin in which a young princess (Arie) has to try and save her kingdom from being stolen from her by a powerful foreign king (King Amir) with magical powers of persuasion. She runs away in order to try to prevent a wedding between her and king from happening and meets Kadin, a young jinni hunter who is trying to find a jinni in order to take revenge on another jinni who wronged him and his friend.

Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
”You wanna marry this guy? Or do you want us to bust you out of here? Just say the word. I swung my gaze to meet his warm golden eyes, and he winked.” -The Stolen Kingdom

Don’t you ever have that marvelous feeling when you read a book, and you just get a deliciously-weird butterfly feeling you just want to hide under the covers of your bed and giggle to yourself while you squirm with joy? Just me? Well, that’s exactly how I felt reading The Stolen Kingdom. *Swoons*

How do I
Timi V writer
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG! This book is the best!!!
It has minor similarities with Aladdin, but I was expecting something else and I GOT SOMETHING WAY BETTER!!! in love with this book, I just cannot wait to read the next book in the series!

The characters are so lovable and the plot is really amazing, I am in love with this book and Bethany's writing style!

I recommend it to anyone who loves reading adventure and fantasy with well-developed characters!
Sarah Matthews
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've had books leave me with the feeling of "I love this" but this is the first book to ever leave me with the emotion of "I NEED TO REREAD THIS LIKE RIGHT NOW"

Saying this book "is so good" is the equivalent to someone saying "Oxygen is alright"

****WORLD BUILDING: Is great. Each scene was easily pictured in my mind, the towns, the castles, the characters.

****WRITING: Clean. Edited so freaking well. Impeccable. Beautiful prose.
Pamela  Saku
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful and exciting adventure filled with powerful and unique characters. 'The Stolen Kingdom' is a different take on the classic tale of Aladdin. Atazadeh paints a world that is similar to that of Aladdin, but adds more depth to the world building and character development than the classic.

Arie is a strong female lead who is determine to live her life the way she intends to and not by the demands of a powerful neighboring king. I loved that she was a princess who actually cared ab
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this spin on Aladdin. The journey and story were fascinating, and I had a great time for the most part. But I didn’t know the story wasn’t going to end by the end. Maybe I shouldn’t have assumed, but since each book in the series is covering a different fairy tale, I thought each story would wrap up by the end. I’m just upset. It’s a very personal thing. I don’t like cliffhangers and unresolved issues, especially when I’m not expecting it. But this was a lot of fun overall, and I ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the changes that Bethany Atazadeh made to a well-known story. If you're expecting the Disney version, this is NOT that, except at the barest of bones. I loved all of the characters, and they all had a purpose, though admittedly, Gideon the Jinni is my favorite. He had the best snark/dry humor. I loved the silent strength of Princess Arie, especially when she wasn't so silent, and the vulnerability of Kadin, which showed strength and empath
Ana Guerra
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA fantasy - loose retelling lovers
3.25 ***

It's been a week or two since I've been trying to find my words for this review, and it's HARD.

*First of all, I want to say I really like Bethany and I usually watch her YT videos and follow her on IG. I think she is a really sweet person and I apologize for my late review. My opinion is based on the book, not the author.

*The second thing I want to make clear is, that this apparently isn't my favorite gender. I am more inclined towards NA fantasy books than YA, in which the stor
Jade Young
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: Bethany gave me an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Bethany!

I’m not even a fan of Aladdin, but let me tell you, this retelling was AMAZING.

The story is told from a multi-POV (which if you’ve been with me for awhile you know I love!) and I think Bethany did a great job with character development. The story switches back and forth between Arie and Kadin and I enjoyed watching their relationship develop while navigating Arie’s “gift.” I also lo
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing story that reminds you of Aladdin but is also it’s very own individual story, not your basic retelling. You see glimpses of the comparison but the evolution of this story turned into so much more!

With the traditional Aladdin tale, he was the focal point. With this story, the main character, Arie, is like Jasmine but with way more confidence and fight in her than any traditional princess. The world the author, Bethany, paints is enchanting and magical. Loved how there was so much more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My The Stolen Kingdom Top 3 Points:

- Rich history and beautifully world-built non-Western setting

- A whole new spin on a familiar “Once upon a time…”(+ hopping on the royal bandwagon!) [Not to mention Six of Crowssquad vibes]

- Feminist lead

The Stolen Kingdom is the first book in a series of fantasy fairytale retellings. This first instalment is a loose reimagining of Aladdin, combining magic, power, and leadership, with sequels set to breathe new life into Th
Holly Davis
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This book blew me away! The way Bethany weaved in the parts from Aladdin were so fun and clever. Because this story held its own and I was so into the world and characters she created, at times I forgot it was even a loose retelling. I'd wanted a bit more description of the setting in the beginning and some lines could've been a bit clearer, but overall it was an amazing read. The tension, characters, magic, and plot were so intricate and well-constructed, it all worked together beaut ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

This retelling is very loose, but enjoyable. I liked the way they combined the jinnis, dragons, and mermaids mythologies together. The way they interact is natural and doesn't feel forced. The flipping narrative between Arie and Kadin was distracting in moments, but not enough to take away from the experience. 
Samantha Roof
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At first I wasn’t sure if I would like it. I began reading and then getting into it more and more and as the world unfolded and its mysteries I became addicted and couldn’t put the book down! How it tied into the next book which comes out soon. I about fell out of my chair! I am In love with this series.
Amanda Goran
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great Aladdin retelling. It had just enough familiar beats to connect it to the original story without making it unoriginal or predictable. The story is well paced and characters are well written. I especially love the character of Arie. I highly recommend this to any fan of fantasy, or retellings.
Andrea Roberts
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was my favorite fairytale retelling of all time. It has special nods to the original Aladdin story but was still amazingly unique. The main character Aire is a total kick but independent woman and i loved her. The world and the ending were amazing and i cant wait for book 2!
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fun and twisty retelling of Aladdin that I really enjoyed. I love how Bethany weaves in Persian culture and the Jinni are a really cool race. I look forward to reading the next book in this series!
Mandi Lynn
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved and adored this book! A new favorite of mine! Can’t wait for the rest of the series!
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The risks that Bethany Atazadeh took in this Aladdin retelling paid off, bringing a story that nods to the original fairy tale, but wholly her own with characters, world, magic and plot that had me wanting more after finishing.

The Stolen Kingdom is a loose adaptation of Aladdin (and nothing like the Disney version), starring Princess Arie. She’s trying to plot a way to prevent Amir from taking her kingdom by force, thus the title, and hide the fact that she’s a Gifted woman, somethin
Monique  Diplock
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted here and here

Before reading The Stolen Kingdom, I was a little apprehensive. I’m not the biggest fan of Aladdin (I know, that’s not going to sit well with a lot of you) so coming into this I needed to force myself to keep a very open mind.
I’m glad I did.
The Stolen Kingdom opened at the perfect place as Arie learned the fate of what could become of her self and her kingdom. The story from there held my attention until the last page.
I found the pacing pretty m
Sydney Faith
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall I enjoyed the story. It’s a fresh take on Aladdin, for sure. I love how Genie was re-imagined! I also enjoy that the MC has a power of her own, that’s a neat addition.
I hope we get to see more of the Jinni in future books in this series! I’m excited to see what happens next and hope I can read an ARC of the second book as well.
*Thanks to Bethany for sending me an ARC of this book for review!
Kaylee White
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing story that I've been able to beta read AND proofread. It's entertaining and keeps your attention all the way through the story. I fell in love with it the first time I read it and love it so much more the second time around! I highly, highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a great story and characters you're gonna love!
Christopher Guhl
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had to keep reminding myself that this was a retelling of Aladdin, because as I read it I didn't automatically think "Aladdin." Which I really liked. Sure, there are definite similarities between this and Aladdin, but The Stolen Kingdom is a great read in its own right.

The story flows well. I was interested all the way through it. The ending wasn't quite what I thought, but it opened the world up to a lot of possibilities and other stories. I have my own hopes for how this group of
Emily Bourne
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

This was exceptionally different from the Disney Aladdin I’ve always loved, and that was really exiting. Ariel is a fierce female who take matters into her own hands and keeps the happiness and wellbeing of her father and her people as top priority throughout the book.

Kadin at first glance was the charming and loveable Aladdin-type I always adored, but then we find out he’s head of a gang of
Mya Gray
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, the plot was super engaging and exciting! Even though it took me a bit longer to read this than usual, that had nothing to do with the book. I’ve just been in a pretty bad reading slump. The plot kept me on the edge of my seat, and I was holding breath at some parts. There was enough suspense to keep me guessing. Since this is the first book in the series, I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a huge cliffhanger or if it was going to be a satisfying conclusion to Arie’s story. I would ...more
Kira Assad
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a phenomenal retelling of this classic fairytale. This story follows Arie and Kadin. Arie is a princess who cares deeply for her kingdom. Her father's life and her kingdom are in jeopardy when a neighboring king decides to marry her against her wishes. Unfortunately, this man carries a Jinni's Gift that allows him to influence minds and he makes her father believe it is the best idea for her to become his bride. Luckily Arie is strong willed and decides to leave her kingdom in the hopes ...more
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Bethany Atazadeh is a Minnesota-based author of YA novels and non-fiction. She graduated from Northwestern College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a writing emphasis. After graduation, she pursued songwriting, recording, and performing with her band, and writing was no longer a priority. But in 2016, she was inspired by the NaNoWriMo challenge to write a novel in 30 days, an ...more

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