I read this book for my reading challenge - fairy tale from another culture. It could also satisfy the "book set in Asia" category.
This, essentially, is a retelling of the Aladdin story. Aladdin is just a poor boy, street rat who finds a ring that leads him to something greater - a lamp with a jinni who is ready to grant three wishes. I won't tell you what those wishes are, after all, that would be giving too much of the story away.
This book isn't pulitzer material; however, it is a creative retelling of a familiar story. The jinni was relatable and likable. So was the princess and her circle of female warrirors. Loved that twist. Of course there is a villian - several, in fact. But the main character her isn't Alladin but Zahra, his jinni.
I also enjoyed the lush setting and vivid descriptions. This book is an entertaining YA romance. I gave it three stars. Worth reading if you like that sort of thing.