Title: A Whole New World
Author: Liz Braswell
Series: A Twisted Tale #1
Publication: September 1st 2015 by Disney Press
Genre: Young Adult ~ Fantasy ~ Retelling
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Review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?
When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.
What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.
I didn’t like A Whole New World at all. I’ll even go so far as to say that it’s one of the worst books I have read this year so far. It really pains me to say so but this book was really a disappointment.
A huge part of this book was just like the movie. Maybe that isn’t so bad but I was just so bored by it. Once the author started twisting the story it was less predictable but equally boring to me. The thing I disliked the most was the writing. It wasn’t good at all. It was way too colorless and lacked some kind of depth.
The characters were colorless as well. Especially Aladdin and Jasmine. The conversations between them didn’t feel natural and I felt myself not wanting to read about them at all. At this point I was more interested in reading about Jafar, to be honest. At least there was a little bit of excitement with him because he’s so evil. Really, I didn’t enjoy reading about any of the characters.
I guess it’s a good concept, reimagining classic Disney stories but it could’ve been written better, I think, and without making the characters so flat and uninteresting. So yeah, this book wasn’t the right one for me, per se. I do hope others will enjoy it more than I did but I wouldn’t recommend it.