31. kol 2015.

ARC Review: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

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Book summary:
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 don't know for you, but back when I was a kid Aladdin was a huge hit. It brought us a piece of orient that for me, till then, was an unknown part of the world. Now years later I got familiar with it and while I hoped that A Whole New World would add more to my knowledge of it, sadly I cannot say it happened.

         What the blurb promises you is a dark version of Aladdin and it certainly delivers. This is much, much darker version of it. There still is Aladdin and Genie and Jafar and all the characters that you've already had a chance to meet years ago only non of them are what they seemed. Better said they all were just a shadows of previous selves. It seemed to me like there wasn't really any effort to develop and create some new sides of them. They all were really plain. Aladdin is just your typical character, one dimensional and plain boring. But I could live with that I guess, if it wasn't for Genie. Remember that big, blue guy whose witty comebacks made you giggle in front of the TV, well he is not here. And that disappointed me the most.

          This book still has some unexpected twist, I will give it that. It's a really interesting idea and this idea could be really nicely done and maybe will be somewhere else. But not here. Everything just sort of happened, without any feelings or my involvement in any part of it. It was action packed so you go through it pretty fast, but in all honesty you'll forget it even faster.

          Basically, interesting idea and good promise, but really bad realization.

Rating: 1 star.

Until the next time,
*NOTE: Copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher Disney Press. Thank you. 

Broj komentara: 6:

  1. Oh bummer. I'm about to start this one soon, but I guess we'll see what I think!

  2. So sorry this didn't work for you. No feeling at all in books, just isn't good. :(

  3. Man, this is so disappointing because Aladdin is so fascinating with the world! A shame the characters were so bland. Lovely review Tanja!

  4. I was so sad when I started hearing so many bad things about this one, because I so freaking excited when I first heard about it. I mean, an Alladin retelling??? What could be better? A lot of things, apparently. But, seriously, no Genie??? He's the best part!

    Sorry this one didn't work for you Tanja, I'll sadly probably skip it. =( Great review!

  5. Great! Now you've got Disney's song stuck in my head... Not that I mind, of course! For such a magical title, the book sure seems to lack in everything. Oh well, it's sad you didn't like it at all. I hope your next read is better. Nice review!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts



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