Review: A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1)
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.
My rating: 4/5
When I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. Aladdin was one of my favorite Disney movies so I wanted to give this a chance and see how the author changes things and make them darker. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and fast-paced with just a splash of romance and friendship. The first 20% almost exactly follows the storyline of the Disney movie which was totally fine for me. I liked the movie so I enjoyed having that recap even though I already knew what was coming. I can say that I half-listened to those parts and my attention perked up when Aladdin was trapped in the cave with the magic carpet and Abu. I liked seeing the differences from the original story from this point and what Jafar planned to do with the lamp. I thought this story was well done.
I enjoyed Aladdin and Jasmin. They were the same as they were in the movie. It was enjoyable to see them doing what they could for Agrabah with a band of street rats. I hated how Genie was darker with a morose backstory and what happened to Iago and the magic carpet. Those were sad storylines and I missed them in the story. I liked Morgiana and Duban, Aladdin's friends. They were welcome additions to the story along with other side characters. Abu was still the adorable monkey. I did wish Rasoul had did something different in the book. I wished he would have done the right thing at some point before the end. Jafar was his evil, nasty self and I am glad at the fate he met.
Overall, I found the book to be well written and so detailed. I think Braswell did a great job of describing the things we saw in the film. She made the story her own and I cannot wait to read the next book in the Twisted Tale series!