Review: A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1) by Liz Braswell
Title: A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1)
Author: Liz Braswell
Published: Sep. 1, 2015
Publisher: Disney Press
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
Buy links:Amazon, Amazon.uk, Barnes and Noble
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 ofAladdin 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 received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
When I saw the title say Twisted Tales and then read the synopsis I wanted to read it badly. The a whole new take on Aladdin if Jafar got the lamp in the first place that just sounds like trouble.
The story starts off just like in the movie of Aladdin up until I want to say around 30% of the book which I would have read that part to my children because it was exactly like the movie.
Then we get to the part where Aladdin is suppose to give the lamp to the old man this is where the twist starts. We spend the rest of the story in the point of view of Jasmine and Aladdin and what they are seeing and going through. We meet different street rats we see how the poor people of Agrabah come together when they need to, to save their city. We see just how strong Jasmine truly is when in the face of danger and of course we see the love blossom between Aladdin and Jasmine no it is not like the movie at all.
I enjoyed the background of the dijnn when the Genie was talking to Jasmine I always wondering if the Genie was the only one or if there were more like him.
I also thought it was neat on how evil Jafar was and how he would stop at nothing to have the city and those within love him, I could see him taking over the world.
The reason I gave this book a 4 rating and not a 5 is only because I would have liked to have seen a chapter or two from Jafar's point of view. Being the villain that made the twist on this tale I thought he should have gotten a bit more spotlight, though I did like the rebelling of the city.
I do hope that with the blank pages that the author plans on either typing chapter numbers or adding drawings as it was distracting to me turning a page and seeing a blank square like something should be there.
Full time author, under the name Tracy Lynn. And Celia Thomson. And J. B. Stephens. And E.J. Braswell. But mainly Tracy Lynn.
Her series "The Nine Lives of Chloe King" has been adapted into a TV show by ABC Family.