A Whole New World: Twisted Tales (Book 1)
by Liz Braswell
“This isn’t the story you already know. This is a story about power. About revolutionaries. About love. And about one moment changing everything…
Experience the first title in a thrilling series that puts a twist in much-loved tales, exploring what would happen if key turning points did not work out as planned.
With Jafar in possession of the lamp and determined to break the laws of magic and gain control over love and death, the deposed Princess Jasmine and Aladdin must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion to stop the new power-mad ruler. But their fight for freedom soon grows costly, threatening to tear the kingdom apart.”
I saw about the third book in this series and my friend bought it for me, I then looked into it and found out about the rest of the series and decided to buy them.
Aladdin saves Jasmine from having her hand cut off in the market and shows her where he lives. This is when the guards find them and arrest Aladdin on Jafar’s orders. Aladdin is then taken on a quest to find an old brass lamp by an old prisoner, when Abu touches some of the forbidden treasure. Aladdin gives the lamp to the old man,then falls back into the disappearing cave. Jafar takes over Agrabah with the help of the Genie and tries to marry Jasmine.
Oh my gosh, I did not expect Aladdin to take such a different path, that was amazing! I loved getting to know more about The Street Rats, and to find out more about Aladdin’s past. I adored seeng Jasmine be more kickass like I know she really is, and not just a pretty princess.
I think my favourite part has to be once Aladdin rescues Jasmine, so most of it, but definitely the second half. I went on such a rollercoaster of twists and turns, and emotions. I cannot put into words how amazing it was to see a different angle on this classic story, and what happens when one thing is changed, it really puts life into perspective of major turning points and what impact decisions have.
Jasmine has to be my favourite character, but then she is one of my favourite Disney princesses. I also really like Morgiana and Shirin, there are plenty of other characters I enjoyed getting to know. I also enjoyed finding out more about the relationship between Aladdin and Rasoul, it was funny to see it more in depth than in the film.
A Whole New World does not end on a cliffhanger, everything is pretty much tied up with a bow.
While reading this book, I described it as Aladdin changing from the point of getting Genie’s lamp. I would recommend to adults and teenagers. 5 out of 5.