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The Orphan's Wish (Hagenheim #8)

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From the streets to an orphanage in a faraway kingdom, Aladdin has grown up alone. Until he meets Kirstyn. With a father who is the duke of Hagenheim and a mother who is the patroness of the orphanage where Aladdin lives, Kirstyn is a member of the most powerful family in the land . . . and way out of his league. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly be ...more
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Thomas Nelson
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“From the streets to an orphanage in a faraway kingdom, Aladdin has grown up alone. Until he meets Kirstyn. With a father who is the duke of Hagenheim and a mother who is the patroness of the orphanage where Aladdin lives, Kirstyn is a member of the most powerful family in the land . . . and way out of his league. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion for taking walks in the forest, and their childhood friendship grows alon
R.F. Gammon
So I made myself finish this. I did receive it in exchange for a review, but review was not required.

I'll be quite honest--I hated this book. I'm going to try to find some good things, but we'll see. XD

+The 1400s was kind of a cool setting! I didn't feel like it was utilized as much as it could have been, but that's an era I haven't read a ton of fiction from.

+Childhood friends to lovers is a trope I enjoy, so the fact that it was present (despite the fact that I wasn't thrilled wit
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
Book title: The Orphans Wish.
Author: Melanie Dickerson.
Series: Hagenheim book #8.
Genre: Fairy Tale retelling without magic, Medieval.
Received book from: NetGallery.
Form of Book: Ebook.
Reviewer: Victoria Goodbrand.
Date started: March 15, 2018 at precisely 2 o’clock.
Date finished:

Y’all! I’m so excited to share this review! I’m going to be doing this revie was I read this beauty of a book! Super special thanks to Net Gallery for gifting me with the opportunity to read an advanced reade
Amber Stokes
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amber-s-kindle
As always, Melanie Dickerson is creative in her twists and new takes on fairy tales and history! The Orphan's Wish gives new life to characters like Aladdin and Abu, while adding in the beloved royal family from previous Hagenheim books (although Kirstyn's older siblings don't play much of a part, as the main focus is on Kirstyn herself).

One of the things I appreciated most about this story was Aladdin's struggle with appearing "perfect" to others. His desire manifests itself in different ways
Julie Carpenter
I love Melanie Dickerson's writing and stories. My absolute favorite of hers is The Merchant's Daughter. I've read and reread it multiple times and could continue to do so for a very long time. I was so excited to see a spin off of Aladdin as her newest book. Unfortunately for me, it wasn't quite what I was hoping for. It was a great story, predictable at times and clean. This is one that I would definitely highly recommend for YA and Christian fiction fans, and Melanie Dickerson fans who fall i ...more
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The premise is great and I had high hopes for the book. This review will also contain a lot of quotes from the book, because I think that's the best way to show why I didn't like the story.

The writing is not great. It's amateurish, and littered with cliches; examples include: "Her touch light like a butterfly's wings", "Blood surging through her veins", "His dark eyes captured her", "Aladdin's stomach tied itself into a knot", and "Her soft skin was like silk".
O my goodness, I’m so excited about this book! (flails arms in excitement and squeals!) If you didn’t already know, Melanie Dickerson (also known as the “Queen of fairy tale retellings”) has long been one of my favorite authors. I always eagerly anticipate her next release. The book I’m reviewing today is called “The Orphan’s Wish” and is an Aladdin retelling and it’s amazing! Okay, enough fan-girling.

“The Orphan’s Wish” is a fantastic Aladdin retelling! Even though it’s a fairy tale retelling,
3.5 personal rating; would give four stars if I was the intended YA audience.

This is a great, clean book that I would hand to any teen girl without batting an eye. There are some scenes with a bit of violence, but not a bunch of gore. There is a kidnapping, so heads-up to those who might dislike that element, but otherwise there’s really nothing to warn against.

It was a really quick read for me and it was nice that it wasn’t too terribly predictable. Aladdin and Kirstyn are enjoyable characters
Terry Bell
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to say this book is of the same caliber as her other books...but I cannot.

This book is by far her best work to date. She has brought out the very real self doubts and fears we all have and infused them into her characters.
Melanie kept the action and adventure but also dove deep into these characters, making them as real as the person sitting next to me

What seems as unfair struggles become more clear to these characters as they come out the other side of adversity. They learn to not
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another fairy tale retelling from Melanie Dickerson! For those of you who’ve been waiting for Kirstyn’s turn to fall in love, it’s finally here in The Orphan’s Wish. Strangely enough, did you know Aladdin left the Middle East as a little boy and grew up in Hagenheim? I guess it’s a whole new world for him to explore….

Kirstyn is the daughter of Duke Wilhelm and Lady Rose of Hagenheim, raised in the proverbial lap of luxury in 1400s Lower Saxony. But her closest companion is Palestinian orphan Ala
Therese May
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh what a wonderful book!

This has been my favorite Melanie Dickerson book from among the few she’s written in the past few years. Somehow it seemed to me to have more soul to it. The retelling was well thought out and well written. The characters’ friendship and their struggles and obstacles were approached in a very literal and relatable way.

Aladdin was a wonderful character. I was impressed with how very accurate the story was to the trauma and pressure that would have affected him from his
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
An easy to read fairy retelling featuring Aladdin and Abu.
What do we want from fairytales; magic, danger, swoon worthy romances, a big twist and characters to root for. This book had it all! I now want to read the others in the series.
Thank you to Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
Melanie Dickerson has the wonderful ability to take the foundation of a children's fairy tale and build it in to an adult version with depth and complexity as well as great historical detail. This particular Hagenheim novel is the story of Aladdin.

Aladdin is an orphan who is picked up by a man who says he will take care of him, but Mustapha's idea of care was teaching Aladdin to steal for him. When Aladdin is caught stealing, the owner feels sorry for him and takes him under his wing. Aladdin s
Haddie Harper
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Melanie Dickerson is amazing! Her twist on one of my top favorite fairy-tales, Aladdin, is phenomenal! Granted, it was a bit slow at the start, but once I got passed the first few chapters, it picked right up. I couldn't put it down. The story is an inspiration and refreshing to read. It was just so good.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

I have to say from the first beginning where this book had a title, I was excited. I love Melanie Dickerson's work completely. I am a big fan of Aladdin and this retelling was a clever spin on the enchanting tale.

I love how this book is different from her others since most of them involve meeting the two characters for the first time when they are adults whil
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Orphan’s Wish ( Hagenheim #8 )
By: Melanie Dickerson
The Orphan’s Wish is book eight in Hagenheim series. Ms. Dickerson outdid herself on The Orphan’s Wish. I believe it is one of her best. She knows how to take a fairy tale and turn it into a wonderful book. I was hooked right from the start. I did not want to put it down. I love the story and the characters. Both were well written and well developed. I found myself in tears and holding my breath several times. I felt sorry for both of the ma
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: got-review-copy
My goodness, have you seen this cover?!! The girl on the cover matches the girl in the story, it makes perfect sense how things turn out. Forget everything you know about Aladdin, if you're like me then that knowledge stems from the 1992 film with the late/great Robin Williams, THIS is the Christian version of the story and is exactly what it should have been like since I first heard of this incredible character. THIS is a world I want to read more about and a family I want to be part of!

Ashlee Clayton
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Susan Snodgrass
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Melanie Dickerson once again proved her unique ability to take a well known fairy tale, rework it and make it into a spiritual take. This go round, she takes on the story of Aladdin. We meet him as a young boy whose mother had just died and he must find a way to support himself as an orphan. He is taken in by a greedy crook who forced Aladdin to steal. Then a kind priest take a him in and shelters him and introduced Aladdin to Christ. I love fairy tales and enjoy how Dickerson puts her special s ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Melanie does a fantastic job!

What I always love most about Melanie books is no matter who the characters are or what adaption she is doing, you can always find a way to relate to the characters. From Aladdin just wishing to be accepted and loved by everyone to Kirstyn's wish to simply not be forgotten by her family, you can always find something within each of the characters to relate to. That's so hard to find in YA books.

This one I particularly liked because it started at the beg
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the sweetest story Dickerson has ever written (and that is saying something) and quite possibly the sweetest story ever. An absolutely lovely Aladdin retelling with enough that is new and enough kept of the old to keep it both interesting as well as traditional. Definite crossover appeal for teens of any age, along with adult fans of inspirational/sweet romance.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Orphan's Wish by Melanie Dickerson is one that will have you glued and guessing every step of the way. Romance, mystery, and adventure awaits in this new book, and it is quite the story. An orphan, Aladdin, becomes best friends with a girl named Lady Kirstyn whom is not from his social class at all, and yet their bond is strong. Aladdin experiences love of a family, even though they are of different blood and yet the ties that they have are strong.

Will the young orphan's courage and loyalty
Lauricia Dawn
May 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really hate to give a negative review, as I do value that lots of work and creativity go into a book, however, I just really didn't enjoy this read.
I've read several of Melanie's books, and definitely enjoyed them, but this one was really hard to get through.
I felt Kristyn & Aladdin's relationship felt really needy and melodramatic and hard to feel drawn into.
There were non stop trips to memory lane and "remember when"s, which became redundant after a while.
Overall, wasn't a big fan of thi
Meghan Edwards
Oct 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
I see that this too received the white wash treatment, in which a story set in the middle east (Persia to be precise) now features a blue-eyed, blonde Caucasian as the heroine.
Aladdin refocused!

An interesting take on Aladdin joins Melanie Dickerson's insightful series of traditional folk and fairytale retellings, set in the German dukedom of Hagenheim. The vision Dickerson brings to these works is so original. I am always in awe of the prism through which the stories are told and the wellspring of creativity Dickerson seems to flawlessly draw upon. That said, for all its interesting perspective, I didn't warm to Aladdin's story in the same way that I have to others.
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
3.5 stars
I've only read a few Melanie Dickerson books but I am really trying to remedy that situation! I have a few sitting on my kindle, waiting to be read but when I saw this one coming out, I just had to read it because, Aladdin! (one of my favorites) The hard thing with re-telling is you cannot help but compare. This story was very loosely based on the Disney version of this story in the beginning but that really is where it ends. I almost wish that Aladdin's name had been changed so I didn
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars

*Happy sigh*

Guys, I've been beyond excited for The Orphan's Wish since I heard about it and the day it came out, I rushed out to buy it.

First of all, we need to acknowledge the loveliness of the cover. Those colors are amazing😍

I really enjoyed this book (which, let's be honest, has there ever been a Melanie Dickerson book I HAVEN'T liked?) I loved the fact that Kirstyn and Aladdin grew up together, which was different from all the other books in this series.

However, I was disappoint
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
2.5 stars

I was excited for this Aladdin retelling, because Melanie Dickerson has done an excellent job pulling all the elements from the fairytales and transplanting them into medieval Germany.

However, this was a very weak retelling. Other than the main character was called Aladdin and there was a sidekick called Abu, there was really nothing that had to do with the Aladdin story.

I also found the book to be somewhat repetitive. It seemed like it went on and on about how Aladdin felt he wasn’t
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely story with all the fun of a fairy tale retelling and a faith theme woven throughout as this author is so good at doing.

Not sure I connected on all levels with the characters, but it was so easy to like the main characters. They were both fun, and I enjoyed the childhood adventures they had together. I loved hiking and similar type adventures when I was young.

I think my favorite thing really is that I can pass this book onto my young teen daughter and know she’s getting a clean r
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Hagenheim (9 books)
  • The Healer's Apprentice (Hagenheim, #1)
  • The Merchant's Daughter (Hagenheim, #2)
  • The Fairest Beauty (Hagenheim, #3)
  • The Captive Maiden (Hagenheim, #4)
  • The Princess Spy (Hagenheim, #5)
  • The Golden Braid (Hagenheim, #6)
  • The Silent Songbird (Hagenheim, #7)
  • The Warrior Maiden (Hagenheim #9)