I was excited to get by hands on A Whole New World by Liz Braswell. I love a twisted fairy tale and the book is about what would happen to Agrabah if Aladdin never kept the lamp after finding it. I love a good villain and Jafar – along with his sidekick Iago – is one the creepiest and vilest of the villains. Unfortunately, A Whole New World fell flat for me and turned out to be nothing special.
If you have watched the Disney movie Aladdin, then you really don’t have to read this book–they are the one and the same. Reading this book is like reading the screenplay for the movie, word for word. I’ll correct myself…the second half of the book is slightly different than the movie. This quickly became annoying and I found myself putting the book down numerous times because of it. You will see what I am talking about if you decide to give this book a chance. There are a few things that are new–we learn a little about Aladdin and his history with being a street rat. We also learn more about the Genie but it definitely wasn’t enough for me to really get into this story. I found Jasmine to be annoying but at least Jafar was pretty spot on with being the villain.
I loved the cover of A Whole New World and I just wish that the book was written differently. It could have been so much more if given the chance. The writing fell flat and did not flow at all.
I cannot recommend this book as there are many other fairy tale retellings out there that are so much better. I suggest trying A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, Spelled by Betsy Schow, The Artisans by Julie Reece, or Neverland by Anna Katmore, to name a few.
Amanda loves spending time at home with her husband and their dog, Oreo. She loves reading, playing puzzle games, beading and watching movies. When she’s not reading, she’s working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Disney Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.