Hello lovelies, welcome back to my page. Recently I discovered the twisted tales books by Liz Braswell. In these stories our favorite Disney characters come back to life once again but this time with a few new twists and turns and even a different happily ever after.
A Whole New World is the first of Braswell’s stories. In this young adult book, our well know story of Aladdin has been taken and adjusted based on one question? What if Jafar was the one to summon the Genie?
As a reader you are taken into the world of Agrabah where young Aladdin is living as a street rat. You get to meet his mother, some new friends and learn a little about his past. Braswell brings Agrabah to life the details of the city, the people and the separation between the different levels in society.
It quickly fast forwards to where the movie starts with Aladdin more grown up with Abu as his only friend now as his mother has passed and his friends have gone down a different road. The next few chapters of the story follow the movie fairly close. Aladdin saves Jasmine from getting her hand cut off in the market. The two of them share their dreams and frustrations. He is arrested and taken prisoner by Jafar who entices Aladdin to join him to the Cave of Wonders. Aladdin and Abu enter the cave and meet Carpet but when Abu touches the gem and the cave starts to shut, the story takes a different turn. Jafar is able to get the lamp and Aladdin, Abu and Carpet are left in the cave.
I would give it a 4 out of 5. At the beginning, I thought it was quite slow as it was really similar to the movie and I wasn’t excited about reading the plot of the movie I’ve seen and read that story over 1000 times; From here on out the story is very different than the one Disney fans are used to.
As a loyal and true Disney fan, I was really worried about if I would like the drastically changed story I wasn’t disappointed. I enjoyed meeting the street rats and learning their stories. I liked the new and even more determined and strong princess. The only downfalls there was a lot of magic reference and spells and abilities that I felt might be confusing to some readers. There was a lot more violence and death than the original story too that parents might want to be aware of for younger readers.
My thoughts overall, if you are a Disney fan and like to read I would recommend giving this book a try. It includes your favorite characters, love, passion, friendship and of course a happily ever after ending.
have you read the new books? If so what did you think?