Book Review | A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

A long overdue review of A Whole New World, I haven’t been able to write down my thoughts about it, and I’m still struggling. Not even sure why.. Let me try, anyway.

When I was (alot) younger I had “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp” on a cassette that basically played pretty much 24/7 until I knew the story word to word. Aladdin and the Magic Lamp was my favourite for a long-long time. It’s a shame that I have no idea where the cassette is now..

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
3 out of 5
Published 2018 by Autumn Publishing
You can order a copy from AmazonWaterstones

Blurb: Discover what would have happened if Aladdin had never found the lamp.
Aladdin is a Street Rat, just trying to survive in a harsh city, while Jasmine is a beautiful princess about to enter an arranged marriage. Their worlds collide when the sultan’s trusted advisor suddenly rises to power and, with the help of a mysterious lamp, attempts to gain control over love and death.
Together, Aladdin and Jasmine must unite to stop power-hungry Jafar tearing the kingdom apart in this story of love, power and one moment that changes everything…

My thoughts: The book was very much the same as the animation, all the way up to the Cave of Wonders. That’s when it all “kicked off”. The pacing was good, and the characters still stayed true to themselves. Genie is still my favourite – you can’t not love him!

I like Braswell’s writing style. It’s easy, funny and captivating. A Whole New World wasn’t bad and the story was full of action, but in all honesty I prefer the original tale. Maybe because it reminds me of my childhood and it shouldn’t be “twisted” haha!

3 out of 5 stars

Do you prefer the original fairy tales, or the remakes?

Kat x



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  1. I have the little mermaid and Mulan version of these I can’t wait to finally get around to reading them!x

    1. I have the Beauty and the Beast one, in addition. Let me know what you thought of the other two x

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