Review: A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale #1) by Liz Braswell

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 1st 2015
Publisher: Disney Press
Point of View: 3rd Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling, Romance, Magic

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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. Continue reading

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Review: Books, Blogs, & Reality by Ryan Ringbloom

Books, Blogs, & Reality by Ryan Ringbloom

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: NetGalley
Publication Date: October 24th 2014
Publisher: Indie
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: New Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance, Book World

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Life can suck…

When reality becomes overwhelming, seeking comfort in fictional fantasies keeps hope alive. And while this escape may be a little delusional, it’s also therapeutic.

Sharing secrets is daunting, but virtual friends don’t often judge and they are always ready to share a glass of wine…or three…while typing out life’s latest endeavors.

Brooke believes obstacles only add to romance, not detract. Rachael longs for a more intense relationship, or so she thinks. Lizzie misses the excitement in her life, but sometimes new situations find you when you’re not even looking. And Jess believes a tiger can change his stripes. It can’t.

Bound by a shared passion for blogging about happily ever afters, these four young women use keyboard therapy to work through their expectations, anxieties, and inadequacies, all with the hopes of achieving the perfection found in romance novels.

Completely blinded by what they think life should be, they navigate their unique paths in search of what they envision is right. But when reality taunts them with persistent curve balls, will they be strong enough to choose wisely? Or will their happy endings escape them? Continue reading