A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
Publisher: Disney Press
Published: September 1st, 2015
Summary: 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.
So I listened to this book on my audiobook app and I liked it enough. I mean I gave it 4 stars but also it felt weird to me since there were so many new characters that I had never met before.
I mean I liked how the story went away from the movie storyline and I thought it added a different take on the storyline.
But there were so many characters in the book that it was hard for me to keep up and remember who most of them were. They had the main characters, and then the thief crew and their friends and stuff and I’m like oh my gosh who are you all?! I felt at times that I couldn’t keep up with them all.
Jafar was much more interesting in this book. He was a complex character because he would give out food and try to help the poor to get their favor and then he was this cruel guy! I thought the way he was portrayed was just really interesting and I liked it.
The audiobook was really good too! The narrator did a very good job with it. It kept me interested and I liked how the narrator was bring the story to life for me.
I think it threw me off a bit because the story for a while was a play by play of the movie until the part where he gets the lamp from the cave of wonders. I was kind of expecting it to like really be different from the movie. This was my thought for the third book as well. I expected it to be different and when it wasn’t I was kind of shocked. I think it was because it says it’s a twisted tale and it really isn’t. The twist isn’t a big twist and I don’t know…
It’s just weird.
I think I was expecting something different and while I was sad it wasn’t what I was thinking I just went along with it and still liked the book.
Didn’t love it but still enjoyed it.
I liked the way Jasmine was portrayed in this book. She was a kick butt character and it was refreshing to really read about a female character who was able to hold her own. She wasn’t afraid to get involved in the planning with Aladdin and the other characters. Aladdin is also cool, but weirdly enough, I didn’t care too much about him. I preferred Jasmine over him. I just wasn’t that interested in him, but overall he stayed close to the movie Aladdin. I think I liked Jasmine because she seemed so much MORE than the movie character.
Overall this was a interesting book, darker than the movie for sure. And I liked that because it was interesting. Again it just threw me that it wasn’t what I was expecting but again I enjoyed it. And again Jasmine really stood out to me rather than Aladdin, and there were too many characters for my liking after a while. I couldn’t figure out who certain characters were after being bombarded with a bunch of new characters.
If you like retellings like these, then I highly recommend you reading it! It was good and I think you’ll enjoy it! It’s definitely something interesting and entertaining honestly.
I know this review is kind of all over the place but yeah I hope you got the jist of it!
The book was enjoyable and I liked it but at the same time it wasn’t amazing, and I felt it was too many new characters introduced at once. But the twist in the story was interesting and not what I was expecting.
Let me know your thoughts as I would really like to know and let me know if you’ve read the second book because that’s the only one I haven’t read but I want to know what people thought about it!