Published by Disney Press on September 1st 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
Well, this starts and if you have seen the film Aladdin you’re basically going to know the plot, verbatim. Sadly, it is like the author wrote it word for word from the movie. I love the move. LOVE the movie and have probably watched it with my daughter 100 times. Seriously. But, sadly it threw me off and as much as I loved the movie, the more the book was the same, the more bored I got.
Sadly, it does not stop until about a quarter of the way in. This in itself turned me off a great deal. I think it was the fact that it would have been easier to just put the movie in! I can say the movie word for word so why would I need to read it? Liz Braswell does have a few things that are added in but it wasn’t enough to give more depth to the story like someone would want from a book. I wanted to really know the characters, not just the versions from the movie.
This does have a twist where Jafar actually gets the lamp but I have to be honest. It came too late for me. It makes me a bit sad because my hopes were high for this one. I’m a huge Disney fan and normally love everything Disney but, like I said. It would have been easier just putting the movie in.
Sadly, this will be DNF.