A Whole New World (Twisted Tale Series #1)

A Whole New World (Twisted Tale Series #1)

by Liz Braswell

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Overview

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.

Praise for A Whole New World:


"A magic carpet ride of a book! A fun and unpredictable retelling of the classic Aladdin story, a must-read for all of us Disney fans!" -Melissa de la Cruz

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484707296
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Series: Twisted Tale Series , #1
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 73,375
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: HL760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

After the sort of introverted childhood you would expect from a writer, Liz earned a degree in Egyptology at Brown University and then promptly spent the next ten years producing video games. Finally she caved into fate and wrote Snow and Rx under the name Tracy Lynn, followed by The Nine Lives of Chloe King series under her real name, because by then the assassins hunting her were all dead. She lives in Brooklyn with a husband, two children, a cat, a part-time dog, three fish and five coffee trees she insists will start producing beans any day. You can email her at me@lizbraswell.com or tweet @LizBraswell.

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A Whole New World (Twisted Tale Series #1) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though the beginning was 100% the same as the movie, it had a twist (hence the name) to it that was actually very interesting. I'll be honest, I didn't think I would like it, but after giving it a chance I really enjoyed it.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Who is your favorite Disney character? What if their tale could never be told because there was a rip in the fabric of their stories? Remember Alladin or Princess Jasmine? What if this tale were twisted into a tale where Jafar took the Genie’s Lamp and used his first two wishes for nefarious, self-serving wishes? He now reigns over Agrabah and Alladin and Princess Jasmine become the spearheads of a revolutionary war. Dark, devious and definitely NOT the tale of our youth, A Whole New World by Liz Braswell attempts to follow in the footsteps of other twisted tales and give us the answers to “what-if?” Filled with mountains of detail, I felt I was being force fed a tale that there was no faith I would be capable of understanding. The basic premise is solid, intriguing and sounds like an exciting adventure, but the presentation fell like a lead balloon for me. Too much detail weighs down and stifles the reader’s imagination. For young adult readers, there is no chance to imagine each scene and fall into a story that fails to invite them in warmly. The bones are good, a word diet would bring this tale to full, glorious health! I received this copy from Disney Book Group in exchange for my honest review.
alyssayuri 6 months ago
Aladdin has always been the diamond in the rough. That's why he got inside the Cave of Wonders. But what if Jafar has gotten the lamp in the first place? I'm going to say this now. I am guilty for picking up this book because the live-action of Aladdin is coming out. I know that this is not the story of Aladdin but this is aligned to the Disney animated film, but with a twist! Which is not really a twist. Because it is said in the book description that Jafar got the lamp and Aladdin never had it. I had some expectations for this and I thought it was okay. It wasn't the best I have to admit. And this one being the first book in the series, I really thought it was going to be grand. But it was still a good read. Let me say good points. I really like Jasmine here! Definitely more of a concrete character. There are some more characters introduced which was weird but I also like that there's like a team work thing going on. I also feel like there are more of a war plot thing going on. And I kinda like that. As for the not so good points... I was not a fan that Abu was not really present. I was kinda sad about that. Genie was not as animated. And with me listening to it as an audiobook, I thought the narrator didn't give him justice. In general, it was an okay read. I feel that if Aladdin is your favorite Disney movie, I think you'll like it because it's a different way to see Aladdin.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good remix of Aladdin.
18876111 More than 1 year ago
I felt that the majority of the book was a novelization of the movie, especially the first 100 pages. However, there were things that the book had that the movie didn't. I thought that the book had a much darker tone to it than the movie did, and I liked the darkness. I loved how that the Street Rats as a group were more prominent and were focused on more. A lot of the Street Rats also made up the side characters, and that their roles were of equal importance as the main characters. Even though I did feel that this book was more of a novelization than a retelling, I still enjoyed it.
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ThunderCats More than 1 year ago
PROS: *Love the whole twist of what if Jafar took the Genie’s Lamp first *The cover is so gorgeous
Thandar More than 1 year ago
It is a whole new world with this book Parents should definitely read this book before reading it to preteens. If this were turned into a movie, it would be PG-13
JessicaCoffee More than 1 year ago
This wasn't nearly as bad as it's been made to be. The writing was fine and the storyline was completely different from (in my eARC) 23% on. It was interesting to see the direction Liz took things, what with Jafar being a villain so much earlier than what we're used to in the movie. One thing I appreciated was how Jasmine, Aladdin, and the gang all got together to try and overthrow Jafar. (And boy was he kinda creepy/ weird at times!) There was a lot more cooperation going on in the twisted tale, and I liked that bent of it a lot. In fact, I highlighted this: "Was it possible to be friends with someone you didn't agree with?" because that was part of the point... working with people you may not completely agree with to get the important job done. I also laughed a few times. My favorite one being from when Aladdin and Jasmine were trying to find an important spell. They're not really finding much, and then Aladdin says, "But on the other hand, do you want to protect your sheep against hoof fungus? Because if you do, have I got the charm for you!" It totally made me laugh because it wasn't expected. A big thanks to the publisher for sharing an eARC with me. I enjoyed A Whole New World.
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
When I saw this announced, I was so, so excited for it. A retelling of one of my favorite Disney stories? Yes, please. Unfortunately, this one did not really live up to my expectations. As I've seen some people say, the beginning (and most, really) of this story was exactly like the cartoon. I had the exact story playing out in my head, and cartoon characters for images. There wasn't really any new world-building. I didn't really get a feel for the city or the world. Some things weren't explained fully. The "twist" was that Jafar summoned the genie before Aladdin, so the only difference from the movie that Aladdin never became "Prince Ali" and all that jazz. It goes straight to Jafar making his evil wishes. The characters also fell flat. I was excited to see a different depth to one of my favorite Disney characters ever, but that wasn't there. I've always had a dislike for Jasmine, and this version was probably worse. The characters were not fleshed out. They were bland and there was never any depth, to any of the main characters or secondary ones. Still, this was interesting enough to keep my attention long enough to finish it. I think I kept hoping that it would pick up and "wow" me. I did like the ending, and think it was done well. This book had a lot of potential, but sadly, I do not feel like it lived up to it.
brittanysbookrambles More than 1 year ago
A Whole New World is a re-telling of the classic Disney movie Aladdin, but with a twist. This book explores what would have happened if Jafar was the first to get his hands on the magic lamp. The people of Agrabah must band together to overthrow their new, cruel sultan. Readers follow the Street Rats on their adventure as they fight in a dangerous battle and venture into parts of Agrabah they never knew existed. Starting off with high expectations, I found myself sorely disappointed. The first fourth was an exact replica of the movie, and although it was a re-telling, I wish there was at least slight deviation from the original plot. While the writing was decent, the characters and relationships were missing. Unlike a movie, a book has a lot more space for development and expansion, neither of which were included. It adds an element of darkness, but I felt like it was unnecessary and added nothing to the plot. Overall, this story had a lot of potential, and I feel like it was wasted. Full review: http://www.bookrambles.com/2015/08/a-whole-new-world-twisted-tales-1-by.html
gaele More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the premise: taking a well-known Disney film and retelling it with a switch. Starting with the Aladdin story, Braswell is flipping it so Jaffar is the star: he gets the genie, he becomes the Sultan. The concept was unique. The world building was sufficient, if very reminiscent of the film. Action was almost never-ending, and it did manage to reference solidly to the movie. The writing tone is far darker, not a bad thing considering the story is Jaffar’s, but the darkness often became overpowering, taking away from characters and the joy. It was a heavy read, if fast paced, with a mission centric theme, and everything feeds to that mission. Characters were broad brushstrokes, not particularly detailed and never given a solid chance to develop as complete. Sadly, what looked to be unique in concept (and succeeded in some ways) failed horribly to create a story that was both intriguing and engaging. This read more like fan fiction, yet never quite taking on a life of its own that would allow it to stand as a solid title. I’m left feeling disappointed and slightly misled by both the synopsis and cover – both beautiful and evocative with plenty of room for goodness within. Certainly not a title that inspires me to read more from this series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read!