I am buddy reading this whole series with Nikkie @Stars Books and Tea! I’m going to do mini-reviews per 3 reads. It’s so hard to do a full-on review for middle-grade but especially these. Here are books 1-3.
I am so glad to finally have started this. Thanks so much to stars book and tea for buddy reading this with me. We are planning on knocking out a book a month!!
I was shocked at how brutal and graphic this book was. I was not expecting it at all and it kind of made me uncomfortable. Jafar is evil but in this book, he goes really dark. I loved Jasmine and the Genie in this retelling. We get much more of them and their story, especially the Genie. I loved learning about his background even if it wasn’t the happiest. I liked the extra side characters in the street rats. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the ending either. Overall, it was a good read and I liked it but there were some things I didn’t love. This was a really quick read though.
Wow, I did not like this book! I struggled so hard to get through it because it was actually boring. I really didn’t like the MC. Aurora was very rude and I had a hard time with the book because she’s basically our only character for a lot of this book. For most of this book, she’s wandering around aimlessly in a forest. I think that the author was trying to make this a feminist book. While I do appreciate that it was not done correctly. She took it too far and Aurora was just plain rude and horrible to everyone in her life. I do not recommend this one at all.
This was leaps and bounds better than any of the other books I’ve read in the Twisted Tales series. This is my 4th book in the series and my favorite, so far. Belle was great and not as annoying as the other MC’s in Braswell’s other books. There are a lot of similarities to the original story but a lot of different takes. It was so fun seeing how she took the story. All the magic and new characters were great. She takes a completely different route to that ending and it was an entertaining ride. I’m not sure why I’m still surprised to see such dark and brutal moments in these books. I don’t know that they are age-appropriate, for the intended age. Overall, I enjoyed this one and I am so glad. I was about to call it quits. I am looking forward to the next book, which is written by Elizabeth Lim!