Sunday, August 23, 2015

Book Review: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell/Teens-YA/NETGALLEY ARC/Published in 2015

Hello dear Readers,

Below, my book review of A Whole New World by Liz Braswell. 

Title: A Whole New World
Rating: 2/5 Stars
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Genre: Teens-YA
Author: Liz Braswell 
Publisher: Disney Press
Language: English
Hardcover: 384 pages
Buy Me: Amazon Barnes&Noble

Book Description

What if Aladdin had never found the lamp? This first book in the A Twisted Tale line will explore a dark and daring version of Disney's Aladdin.
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.

My Thoughts

I have to say, before I read this book, I watched the movie Aladdin. That being said, I noticed the book is not a good representation of the movie. It does not add that different factor that a retelling is supposed to have. It was not clear for me the message this book was intended to send to the reader. I would honestly say, after watching the movie, I probably did not need to read the book.

I had issues with the writing, the structure. While the beginning of the book its like the movie but then it changes to a different direction but without taking off and going to a better level. It was almost painful to see how hard the writer tried to make the story a good one but not success at all. It went really slow at times. I managed to finish it, however at the end I felt I could not connect with the story and the characters. I did not see much development in the characters and the narrator was not believable for me.

I did not hate the book but I did not love it. I just could not trust the narrator, the characters and could not connect with the story. I won't continue with the series.

Thank you Disney Press and Netgalley for sending the ARC copy, in exchange for an honest review.


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