A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own (do not own any of these gifs either)
Official Summary: What if Aladdin had never found the lamp? This first book in the A Twisted Tale line will explore a dark and daring version of Disney's Aladdin.
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.
Review: When I first heard about this book, I was really excited. I'm a big fan of Disney films, but more than that, I really love the movie of Aladdin. However, as time went on, I kept coming across negative thoughts and reviews of the book. It made me a bit worried to start A Whole New World, but as I had been sent a copy to review through Netgalley, I knew I had to at least give it a shot...and I'm I did.
No, I would not call this my new favorite book. At the same time, I don't think it was a horrible novel that nobody would enjoy. I think a darker look at this world would have been welcome for someone like me, but then, the movie is more lighthearted in a lot of ways so I can see people disliking the dark elements. You can't please everyone with a book like this. For me, if you take out some of the few dark moments in A Whole New World, then you are kind of left with a middle grade book. Not to put down MG books or discredit some of the great MG novels, but this book felt like it was written for a younger audience throughout most of it.
|Oh bread...nobody should go hungry!!|
|Jafar as Sultan mega sucks!|
A Whole New World was an overall enjoyable read for me. I did feel like it moved quite slow for the most part, which caused me to want to put it down and read something else. I pushed through though and I'm glad I had the chance to read this new version of Aladdin and Jasmine. I am curious to see what Twisted Tale might come next.
Overall, this wasn't a winner for me, but it was far from being a total loser.