Review of A Whole New World

Posted August 26, 2015 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

Review of A Whole New World

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
Published by Disney Press on September 1st 2015
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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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.

First Line

A HIGH WHITE MOON cast its light on the city below as brightly as the sun was said to shine in the northern countries.

What I thought of this book

So I will admit that this one had me a little curious. Disney taking it’s movies and twisting them into something else. I have seen a lot of reviews that are not so flattering and after reading it I can see why and for those who DNFed it I am wondering if they just didn’t give it enough time.

See about the first 25% of this book is pretty much exactly like the movie, and that was a lot of peoples problems. Then Jafar gets the lamp and your beloved Aladdin story turns into something a bit more dark. Just think of the last part of the movie where Jafar gets the lamp and amping that up a bit..see it’s been twisted.

Jafar gets the lamp and wants to be Sultan, check. Then he wants to be the most powerful scorcerer in the world, check. Then his third wish he wanted Jasmine to fall in love with him, but the Genie can’t grant that wish. That wish is part of the three things a genie can’t do. He can’t make someone fall in love, he can’t bring people back from the dead and he can’t kill anyone.

This makes Jafar really upset cause he really wants to be loved by everyone. He starts a quest to find the darkest magic so he can break the three rules. He want’s to be idolized, he wants an army of the dead, etc.

Meanwhile, Aladdin and his street rat friends are trying to figure out how to get princess Jasmine out of the palace and to safety. Then they have to try and figure a way to stop Jafar before their whole city dies.

You don’t get a lot of the sweet and funny genie in this version. No he is very glum and sad and pretty much a slave to Jafar. He does try and help Jasmine a few times, but we never get to see the fun genie. It really is a bit twisted and some sad things happen that made me a little mad.

So overall, I enjoyed the story even though I had to go a little bit to get to the twisted and different Aladdin story. I am kind of curious to see how they might twist another Disney classic. At the same time I think it’s a poor attempt at Disney to try and make more money off of their already made classic movies.

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5 responses to “Review of A Whole New World

    • Stormi

      I thought it was okay, I am real curious to see which one they do next. I was never a huge Aladdin fan, so I hope they do one of my favorites so I can see what they do to it…lol.

  1. I have mixed feelings about Disney twisting the stories as it does seem like just another attempt to milk the cash cow but the idea does have possibilities. I liked this one enough to give another one a try.

  2. I’ll probably pass on this one. I have recently read a couple of retelling and enjoyed them, but this one doesn’t reach out to me. Thanks for explaining your experience:)

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