Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?
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.
***I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***
When I first read the description for A Whole New World I was more than excited to get my hands on it! I love twisted tales as well as the movie Aladdin so I knew this was going to need to be read! I admit I was a little on the fence about it after reading quite a few reviews. Quite frankly though, I feel like this book was a little too attacked by readers! It was surprisingly better than what I thought it would be after reading those angry reviews. Was this book fantastic? Not by any means. But was it horrible? Not at all.
A Whole New World brought a unique version to Aladdin that was fun to see play out! In this version Jafar exceeds in his plans and Aladdin never even forms a real relationship with the genie (which was kind of disappointing actually). His relationship with Jasmine is stronger and Jasmine is a much better female lead than your typical damsel princess in distress.
The biggest hang up with this book is the obviousness of the books target market. It was definitely a preteen/young adult read. The writing wasn’t overly impressive; there was no special attention to detail or intricacy to the structure. The dialogue was a little mediocre but at least the events were exciting and the plot was fast paced. The story never dragged on and the content was unique enough to keep me interested throughout. However, nothing about the plot was surprising or overly gripping.
I definitely didn’t dislike A Whole New World, but I didn’t love it either. It was a quick easy read that was entertaining to experience as a fan of Aladdin. I’m glad I read it and got a new perspective on the classic story! And now I wish I owned Aladdin on DVD (I still have the VHS) cause I really want to watch the movie again and only have a DVD/bluray player at school with me! *sighs*
You can buy A Whole New World anywhere that sells books or on Amazon here.