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Monday, August 31, 2015

Blog Tour (Review and Giveaway): A WHOLE NEW WORLD (A Twisted Tale #1) by Liz Braswell (YA)

by Liz Braswell
Release date: September 1st, 2015
Published by Disney Press
Genre: Young Adult Retelling (Aladdin)
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: ARC from the publisher. 


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.

A Whole New World (ARC) by Liz Braswell


A magical novelization of one of Disney's most loved movies, Aladdin! Full of what we love and expect from Disney - characters we love, surprising twists and giving us exactly what we want...

As, I believe, that the majority of us has seen the movie, Aladdin, I am not going to go into a detailed summary of the book. The first part of the story reads just like the movie - I got reaquainted with Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. But once the twist of the story happens, it's all new territory. Cryptic, grim and unsuspecting. We get to see a different side to Aladdin, which I truly enjoyed.

Jafar is seriously dark and twisted, just like all of Disney's villains, this guy has some serious issues. He is such an intricate character. I'm really glad to have been able to see more of him, and get a better feel as to why Jafar is such a terrible person... if you didn't like him before, you'll despise him even more after what he does in this book.

As I have come to know and love, Disney's movies and books are heavy on visualization and world-building, I found the details amazing and capturing. But if I had just one wish, it would be that they would have given the secondary characters more depth. There were a few new characters, and a few cameos - I would have liked a few more pages with each and every one of them...

A Whole New World is exactly what I expected, and enjoyed it so much!... However, I do feel that the book reads for a younger audience. Even with its darker notes, it's not intimidating or frightening. 

A definite quick and enjoyable read for all Disney lovers! The ending is perfection!
You will not be disappointed!

*An ARC was sent to me from the publisher for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own.


- FIVE winners will receive a FINISHED copy of A WHOLE NEW WORLD!!!
- U.S. only.

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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.  



Week One:
8/24/2015- Adventures of a Book JunkieInterview
8/25/2015-Book BriefsReview
8/26/2015-FiktshunGuest Post
8/27/2015- Addicted ReadersReview
8/28/2015-Me, My Shelf and IInterview

Week Two:
8/31/2015- Bumbles and Fairy-TalesReview
9/1/2015- NerdophilesGuest Post
9/2/2015- Pandora's BooksReview
9/3/2015- Novel NoviceInterview

9/4/2015- A Backwards StoryReview

1 comment:

  1. I'm a big fan of Aladdin, and I'm very eager to see Jasmine given more depth (and Aladdin). It sounds more middle grade than YA? But still a fun romp. Yay!


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