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The Stolen Kingdom

(The Stolen Kingdom #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  718 ratings  ·  229 reviews
How can she protect her kingdom, if she can’t protect herself?

Princess Arie never expected to manifest a Jinni’s Gift. When she begins to hear the thoughts of those around her, she hides it to the best of her ability. But to her dismay, the forbidden Gift is growing out of control.

When a neighboring king tries to force her hand in marriage and steal her kingdom, discover
Paperback, 312 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Grace House Press
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Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
I never cared about Disney princess stories, so of course I couldn't care less about retellings, and I don't even know exactly what the original tale is about, but this one was such an atmospheric, sweet and cozy story.

And I'm in love with the cover.

Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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 determination wa
andrea ✨
Jul 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
this cover is so pretty omg i need this book
Merie Shen
This is the best Aladdin retelling I've ever read!

All right. I'm gonna be honest with you and admit that that's because I haven't read that many Aladdin retellings (I've read like... what, two others? I don't even know, people). And also if there is an Aladdin retelling that actually follows the original story, then please point me in that direction and I will be on my way, thank you kindly.

That being said... despite this one being more faithful to the new Aladdin movie (I do not understand; how
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 attraction between tw
Breny and Books
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
”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 even start this review?
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.

I think that's
Kara Linaburg
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I love a good retelling that is solid world building and unique. I am never a fan of a medieval/fantasy world where the language is extremely contemporary. *Sigh*
I like for it to be in English (obviously) but for sure with phrases an words that build up the world. This one seemed to lack that which made me sad.
I am giving it three stars despite the fact that I did enjoy this book. The characters were a lot of fun and the story in many ways a good retelling.
BUTTT the writing style itself was s
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
Timi V
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!
Krystal Jane
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
Sarah Matthews
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.

****CHARACTERS: I wanted to take a
Pamela Saku
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
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 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 empathy. They had
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love fairytale retellings, although sometimes they can be very disappointing. Either they follow along with the original so much you can predict what's going to happen at every cliffhanger, or they're so loosely based that you can't see where the resemblence to the fairytale even begins. But then, once in awhile, you come across one that's just perfectly balanced- enough of the fairytale that you definitely get the feels, but it can stand alone on its own as a good story. The latter is how I w ...more
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, magical, and the best fairytale one could ask for!
For Christmas 2019, my sweet boyfriend gave me a $100 Kindle gift card. One of the first books I rushed to snag was the first in authortuber Bethany Atazadeh's retelling series, The Stolen Kingdom. Though I've been watching her writing channel for a few months, this is the first book I've read by Bethany, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

What I Liked:

Unique Twist on Aladdin While Staying True to the Story
I had only watched Disney's 1992 version of Aladdin once before reading The Stolen Kingdom, so go
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 loved how stro
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!
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 story is mo
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creative Aladdin retelling

This was a creative Aladdin retelling that didn't follow the plot too closely. It was a lot of fun, and I loved the characters and the worldbuilding. The ending was not as happy as desired and there are some loose ends. I know there's a second book, so I'm imagining these characters' story isn't quite done, even if it is about another princess??
Zu Reviews
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I don't like fantasy normally but I do love retellings! If you're expecting an Aladdin Aladdin re-telling though, when it says loose it means loose. I would say it is better described as "inspired by" Aladdin. I thought that would bother me, but it didn't.

The world was rich and the Jinni gifts were interesting. I was completely taken in by the world and I'm eager to discover more about the kingdoms, the people and other magical folks. Knowing this
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
J.L. Vampa
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing tale of classic proportions

“I’m not looking for a prince!” I snapped at the closed door, kicking at my skirt as I paced. “I’m looking for a sword!”

The Stolen Kingdom has such sweet links to Aladdin that I was translated to the 90s, sitting in a theater, imagining I was Jasmine and coveting a pet tiger and a thief with great hair. However, the differences are enough that TSK is a new tale all its own.

I adored Arie & Kadin and the *not* instant love. The push and pull of their chemis
Shannon Jade Jade
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 The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Bea
Jen Lazenby
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love Love Love this book! It only took me so long to read because I was busy with work and kids, but I could've easily binged this in a day if I had the time. I was immediately sucked in. The characters were well developed and I was fighting for them in my mind to have good outcomes. I can't wait to read the second and hope for a full conclusion to this story to come later in the series. ...more
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
Grace Herbst
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ouat, partnership
A fun Aladdin retelling! Adventure! Romance! I enjoyed reading the book from both perspectives of the princess and Kadin. I loved how the author brought all the elements of the Aladdin story together and made the story her own. Can't wait to read the next one! ...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. 
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Bethany Atazadeh is best known for her young adult fantasy novels, The Stolen Kingdom Series, which won the Best YA Author 2020 Minnesota Author Project award. She is obsessed with stories, chocolate, and her corgi puppy, Penny.

Using her degree in English with a creative writing emphasis, Bethany enjoys helping other writers through her YouTube aka "AuthorTube" writing channel:

Other books in the series

The Stolen Kingdom (4 books)
  • The Jinni Key (The Stolen Kingdom #2)
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