I love reimagined stories, and this new series of Twisted Tales is a new offering in that genre. Welcome to my review of A Whole New World by Liz Braswell.
I was intrigued by the premise: taking a well-known Disney film and retelling it with a switch. Starting with the Aladdin story, Braswell is flipping it so Jaffar is the star: he gets the genie, he becomes the Sultan.
The concept was unique. The world building was sufficient, if very reminiscent of the film. Action was almost never-ending, and it did manage to reference solidly to the movie. The writing tone is far darker, not a bad thing considering the story is Jaffar’s, but the darkness often became overpowering, taking away from characters and the joy. It was a heavy read, if fast paced, with a mission centric theme, and everything feeds to that mission.
Characters were broad brushstrokes, not particularly detailed and never given a solid chance to develop as complete. Sadly, what looked to be unique in concept (and succeeded in some ways) failed horribly to create a story that was both intriguing and engaging. This read more like fan fiction, yet never quite taking on a life of its own that would allow it to stand as a solid title.
I’m left feeling disappointed and slightly misled by both the synopsis and cover – both beautiful and evocative with plenty of room for goodness within. Certainly not a title that inspires me to read more from this series.
Title: A Whole New World
Author: Liz Braswell
Series: Twisted Tales #1
Genre: Teen Reads
Published by: Disney Press
Published on: 1 September 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 38 minutes
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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.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.