The Orphan's Wish (Hagenheim, #8) by Melanie Dickerson

The Orphan's Wish (Hagenheim, #8)

Orphaned and alone, Aladdin travels from the streets of his Arab homeland to a strange, faraway place. Growing up in an orphanage, he meets young Lady Kirstyn, whose father who is the powerful Duke of Hagenheim. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion, and their childhood friendship grows into a bond that time and opposition cannot break.Even as a child, Aladdin works hard, learning all he ...

Details The Orphan's Wish (Hagenheim, #8)

TitleThe Orphan's Wish (Hagenheim, #8)
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian, Young Adult, Christian Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tales

Reviews The Orphan's Wish (Hagenheim, #8)

  • 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 POSITIVES:+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 pr...
  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    About this book:“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...
  • Victoria
    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: MY REVIEW: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...
  • Faith M:)
    Storyline: This book has a good plot!!! Guessable at times, but still good. It felt like a different storyline than Aladdin... but there were some similar parts. (Aladdin’s name, wealth and trickery like the original story, etc). I didn’t connect with the characters, but I still enjoyed them:) Romance- There was a few kissing scenes that I didn’t enjoy, but everything was clean!!! I just don’t enjoy a lot of romance... Violence- Murders, ...
  • Amber Stokes
    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 othe...
  • 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 f...
  • Amy • A Magical World of Words
    My blog: A Magical World Of WordsThe 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 ...
  • Hannah
    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 pred...
  • Terry Bell
    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 meWhat seems as unfair struggles become more clear to these characters as they come o...
  • Megan
    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” i...
  • Sarah
    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 Low...
  • Rebecca
    "But I will always be just a servant, and it will never . . . . . . . . It will never be enough." Reluctantly, Aladdin leaves Hagenheim Castle behind along with a hefty piece of his heart; the Duke of Hagenheim's lovely daughter, Kirstyn. Orphaned at an early age, forced into stealing for a cruel master in order to keep a roof over his head, Aladdin feels the need to prove himself worthy of a future with his childhood friend. Having been rescued ...
  • Therese May
    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 trau...
  • gem
    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.
  • Loraine
    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 sor...
  • Haddie Harper
    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.
  • Rapunzel_Scheinberg
    Oh. My. Gosh. I am a verrrrrry happy person right now. I have waited for this for so long. I lovvvvved this book. I thought the first half was a bit slow but other than that it was really pretty good. I wish that in the beginning of the book we could have seen more of Kirstyn and a little less of Aladdin. I didn’t like Grethel but I don’t think I was supposed to any way. I was just screaming in my head for her to back off and stop. I really l...
  • Joy
    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 chara...
  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    I love retellings, when they are done right. By this I do not mean they need to mimic the classic tale we all know and love. No, I simply mean they haven't changed the story so much that it isn't recognizable anymore, but they have made it uniquely their own. That is exactly what Ms. Dickerson has done here. She has taken a story I love, Aladdin, and made it something so much better. Even the clever way she added Abu's character - just a warning,...
  • Elizabeth
    The Orphan’s Wish ( Hagenheim #8 )By: Melanie DickersonThe 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 ...
  • Kara
    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 mo...
  • Ashlee Clayton
    Another win by Melanie Dickerson. Although I would never have guessed that the character of Aladdin would make an appearance in Hagenheim, Dickerson made his story come to life in a new and exciting way. Although at first I was hoping for an Arabian Princess as the heroine in this story, Kirstyn is a lovely character that you can't help but want to be friends with. Aladdin coming to terms with his past was a great storyline, as it shows how our c...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    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 fair...
  • Jacki
    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 ...
  • kerrycat
    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.
  • Trisha
    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 s...
  • Lauricia Dawn
    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 ...
  • Meghan Edwards
    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.
  • Deborah O'Carroll
    Originally posted here.So far I’ve always enjoyed Melanie Dickerson’s novels—sometimes you just want a fun, light read, you know?—and I loved this one too. :) I liked that The Orphan’s Wish had a somewhat different feel than the other Hagenheim books, though still with ties to them that made it familiar at the same time that it was fresh. I enjoy a good knight-or-duke’s-son-with-the-fair-maiden-in-a-castle-or-the-woods adventure/roman...
  • E.J. Hill
    First… GORGEOUS cover! Very compelling. :) I was super excited about this book since I have read and own the first four books in the Hagenheim Series plus The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest. So yeah, I had high expectations.I was intrigued with the way the story started, Aladdin’s mother’s death, how he was forced to steal, and how he met the priest and the knight. But I was sad that he was then taken to Germany and we don’t see the Middle ...