Happy Monday, guys!
Welcome back to the Fairy Tale 2.0 celebration for three of the upcoming Disney-Hyperion tales celebrating twists on classic Disney fairy tales.
We're sharing a review of A Whole New World today, along with details on Red's Untold Tale and Frozen Heart. We're also sharing a pretty epic giveaway, too!
Read on for more!
To help kick-off both the series and the recent release of A Whole New World by Liz Braswell, we're proud to join the Fairy Tale 2.0 blog tour, kicking off three of the new titles + an epic giveaway. Read on for our thoughts on A Whole New World, and win your own copy!
A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1)
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.
by Liz Braswell
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Disney Press
Format read: Finished copy received via Disney Hyperion
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Liz Braswell introduces us to an Agrabah, where Aladdin didn't manage to make it to the lamp first, with the help of his magic carpet. Instead, Jafar reached it first. And now, as Aladdin meets the deposed Princess Jasmine, it' up to the m to save the kingdom...
What I appreciated about A Whole New World from the get-go, is Braswell's tacit recognition that readers are likely going into the book with some form of understanding and background for Aladdin. So she makes the concious decision to not deviate too much from the film in the beginning, including verbal and visual details that will make any fan nod with recognition.
But when Brawell does begin building onto the plot twist involving Jafar, that's when the book really begins to shine. Braswell has a vivid imagination and a deft pen, and it's reflected in revelations as she craft new background for old characters, and some truly devastating turns for previous heroe of the film. There were moment that genuinely shocked me, and Braswell cleverly emphasizes the true price that anyone has to pay for a rebellion within that context.
While the book ends on an expected note, it's a thrilling ride that will encourage reader to both seek out Aladdin - and the Diamond edition is released soon! - and also appreciate this new addition to the Aladdin mythos in its own right.
I strongly believe that any Aladdin fan will appreciate Braswell's take on the tale, and also look forward to the other books in the series as well. This series breathes new life into classic tales, and doe a wonderful job of introducing them to new generation.
Check out other Fairy Tale 2.0 titles!
ONCE UPON A TIME: RED’S UNTOLD TALE: by Wendy Toliver (September 22nd)
Red is 16 and lives with Granny in a cottage in the village, where boarding up the house and hiding during Wolfstime is a means of survival. Red help's Granny with Granny's baked good business, catering as well as door-to-door sales.
Plagued by nightmares she doesn't understand and a temper she can't control, Red struggles to save Granny's troubled business and to nurture her budding romance with Peter, even as the betrayal of her classmates awakens the wolf within.
A FROZEN HEART: by Elizabeth Rudnick (October 6th)
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About the author:
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.