Sep 9, 2017

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell: Spoiler Free Review


A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale #1)

                                                                My Rating:


I loved the writing in this book! I loved the idea of a Disney retelling, rather than a retelling of the original fairy tale that they're based off of, because it's the version I think more people have grown up with (like me), so it's a little more familiar, and it gave me a sense of nostalgia, yet intrigued me with this completely different plot. I loved that the author used examples from real life Arabic culture to make Agrabah seem so much more realistic than "Disney-fied."
I loved how descriptive she was too! Here's a quote that I took note of just because I loved the way it was worded:
It sounds so creepy! But the I loved the "forgotten detail in a fairy tale" part to describe how long the skeletons had been there, like a whole story nobody had known about ended long before that moment, and nobody went back to free them and tell them that it was over.
I don't know, that's just my nerdy writer side coming through. I just really appreciate cool descriptions. 😂
The plot was awesome. I loved that the author never lost the feel of Aladdin throughout the book, even though it was nothing like the original movie. There was so much more action and depth that it forced the characters to grow and mature in a way I don't think we would've seen in the movie, and that made me like this version of the story so much better! I also loved that she added details from the movie such as hinting at a reason why The Cave of Wonders already had so much treasure. I like also that she added a prologue that showed what Aladdin's life was like before the story starts, like what his relationship with his mother was like, and how he met Abu.
As I said above, I really think Braswell did a good job of really making the atmosphere of Agrabah more realistic by drawing from real life and adding more detail to really bring it to life and not make it feel so Disney.
I LOVE how she wrote the characters! In my opinion, she did SUCH a great job at staying true to the character's personalities that we are used to seeing in the movie, yet writing the plot in a way that gives them so much more depth. My favorite character that she developed was Jasmine. I think leading a revolution to take back her kingdom from Jafar taught her how to be such a great ruler, and she doesn't really get that chance in the movie. That's why I actually like this version of the story better.

The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it was a little bit dark in the end, and I didn't necessarily like the way it ended, regarding what happened to Jafar, but I don't want to spoil anything so I guess that's all I can say. 😂


Overall I really enjoyed this book. I loved the writing, the characters, the descriptiveness, and it was just really fun to read. I loved the idea of twisting a Disney movie I was familiar with. It took me back to my childhood, but it made it so much better! I would have given it five snowflakes, but it didn't quite have that feels-crushing-roller-coaster-ride-that-completely-grips-me-and-makes-me-think-it-can-absolutely-do-no-wrong, but I still really did love it, just not quite that much. 😆 I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Disney, or fans of retellings a little darker than the original story.


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Have you read any retellings? Do you like them as much as I do? What are your favorite retellings that you have read? Give me some suggestions! 😊

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