Review: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale #1)
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.

Call me boring, but I don't really see the charm in rereading the story of Aladdin down to a tee when I know the movie basically by heart. I really struggled with A Whole New World solely for that reason - the first quarter of the book was just a retelling of Aladdin - the Disney move - the last three quarters  was sincerely lacking in any development, expecting us to be familiar with the characters automatically. This meant that I really just had to push myself through this book.

I'm sure Liz Braswell is a wonderful author when she is working with original material, but she certainly didn't show that talent in just rehashing a 20 year old movie and not having any original characters to develop, that's why this book just succeeded in completely falling flat for me.  

Book released 1st September 2015 by Disney Press
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review

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