Review: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

A Whole New World - Liz BraswellPublisher: Disney Press (September 1st 2015)
Hardcover: 384 pages
Series: A Twisted Tales #1
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 1.5 of 5 stars

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.


This was quite disappointing.

The first quarter of the book was basically the Disney Aladdin movie written  out verbatim, scene by scene. The characters are exactly the same. Alright, so the book is suppose to be a re-imagination of Aladdin so of course there’s similarity you say? How about the twist? That’ll make things more interesting right?

Aladdin - Jas and R - judging



So the twist is “What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?” rather than Aladdin. And while the story was not longer just the movie in text, it still wasn’t very engaging. The writing was pretty juvenile  and I found the characters were quite flat, with little development. I love Aladdin and Jasmine (the movie version), but the romance seemed lacking in this book. As for the rest of the plot, I just didn’t really care about happened next. Overall, it’s boring.

If you love Aladdin, don’t bother with this book. Just watch the movie instead, it’s so much better.

{Thanks to Disney Press & Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.


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12 Replies to “Review: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell”

  1. Oh darn, I’m sorry this was just not what you had hoped for. I was expecting twist to this as well and understand your frustrations with the plot line. Thanks for the lovely & honest review, Cyn! 🙂

    1. I was really hoping for an awesome retelling with a cool twist, but yeah, it didn’t quite work out. Thanks for stopping by Kim!

  2. Too bad this book was so disappointing. I love retellings.

    1. I usually do too. Unfortunately this one didn’t work out.

  3. Well Boo. I absolutely love the cover. Such a shame as the premise sounded good. Retellings are always hit and miss for me.

    1. Boo, indeed! This one was the first really big miss for me ):

  4. Such a shame this one was pretty much a juvenile, word for word version of Aladdin! THe twist sounds kind of lame too.

    1. Yes, very unfortunate ): It wanted to be dark but it was pretty juvenile.

  5. I feel so sorry for this book, mainly that it sounds so poorly done when there could have been SO MUCH MORE. This is usually my problem with retellings, is that it’s going to feel familiar, but at the same time, at least most of them I’ve liked and enjoyed have been ones that bring something new and different to the story. Which sounds like this one…did not.  Mean. Yeah, would be easier (and more fun, and less waste of time 😉 to just watch it instead.)

    1. Yup, basically that, so much potential! This one was my first super miss for fairytale so I sad, haha. The movie is never a waste of time to watch! (I actually did recently re-watch it ;))

  6. I read this book and agree completely. I did not read this book for the same version of Aladdin that I already knew. It was the same storyline and the twist didn’t even change it very much. Sigh. So much potential wasted.

    1. Exactly!! I’ll just rewatch the movie instead thank you very much. Hopefully the next Arabian Night retelling is better for us!

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