Review: A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale) by Liz Braswell

A Whole New WorldTitle: A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale #1)

Author: Liz Braswell

Pages: 380 Pages

Publisher: Disney

The Blurb

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 rule. But their fight for freedom soon grows costly, threatening to tear the kingdom apart.

The Review

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I picked up A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale #1) by Liz Braswell. I had loved the Disney version of Aladdin – I say loved like I don’t love it anymore which would be a big fat lie because I still think it is brilliant. Anyway, the idea of subverting the original story intrigued me and I couldn’t wait to read it.

To begin with I was pretty disappointed with A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale #1). I didn’t see any change worth mentioning and it was pretty much the same as the movie. Oh but I was too eager because just when I wasn’t expecting it the rig was pulled from under my feet.

This Disney thriller – yes thriller – keeps you on your toes throughout. It doesn’t play up to traditional gender roles and Jasmine – who to be fair was already a pretty feisty Disney princess – really kicks ass. Essentially, she has to save herself rather than relying on her prince to save her. Liz Braswell, kudos for creating a feminist character out of a princess. Jasmine rocks.

A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale #1) also toys with the notion of social and economical situations and the power and control of an evil dictator. In these days of highly charged political figures one cannot help but compare a certain American presidential candidate to the evil Jafar.

A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale #1) by Liz Braswell is the first in this series of twisted versions of Disney classics and I, for one, cannot wait to read the rest of the books.

A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale #1) by Liz Braswell is available now. Keep your eyes peeled for the rest of the books in this series.

Follow Liz Braswell (@LizBraswell) on Twitter and visit her official website www.themessydesk.com.

35 Stars

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