Waiting on Wednesday

I hate waiting...
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.


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.


This new series...this was made for ME!! LOL! I looooove Disney movies, so having a series where the story is told in a new and different way has me all sorts of excited!! I can't wait to see what happens in this one and the books to come! Come on Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid!! :D And after putting together the info for this one, I learned that she is the author of my most fave fairy tale retelling ever under a pseudonym!!

TITLE: A Whole New World
AUTHOR: Liz Braswell
PUBLISHER: Disney Press
GENRE: Fantasy YA

RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2015 



Set in medieval Venice, this captivating fairy tale retelling by award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli explores belonging, beauty, and the transformative power of love through the eyes of a teenage girl. Dolce has grown up hidden away on an island in a lagoon. She is a giant, a freak, tormented by everyone but her loving mother. She spends her time learning the valuable secret of making mirrors. Following a tragedy, Dolce swims away and lands on an island where people see her as normal, even beautiful. Marin, a kind widower, and his little daughter bring Dolce to live with them in their grand palazzo. Eventually, Dolce and Marin marry. She secretly continues to make mirrors, not realizing that quicksilver endangers her . . . and so evil begins in innocence.






So here we have another fairy tale retelling! Totally not planned either as I had to revise my other pick today because it apparently is now coming out in May 2016 instead of October of this year! SOB!! :( But this one sounds awesome! I have no idea what fairy tale it's supposed to be retelling because none are ringing any bells. But still, I must reads it! (And yes using improper English was intended there! I may have my degree in English, but when it comes to my preciouses I can not remember to use proper English in all the glory of the books! And yeah, this rambling has gotten away with me too! LOL!)

TITLE: Dark Shimmer
AUTHOR: Donna Jo Napoli
PUBLISHER: Wendy Lamb Books
GENRE: Fantasy YA

RELEASE DATE: September 8, 2015





34 comments:

  1. A retelling of Aladdin... interesting. Hope it doesn't disappoint. I just saw Dark Shimmer on another site. Not sure about this one. Covers a little spooky.

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  2. wow that top one sounds amazing, I just love the story of Aladdin (one of my favorite disney movies) and what a new twist. I would totally read that.

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  3. A Whole New World looks amazing! Hopefully it will be as good as it sounds. Love that you used improper English here!

    My Teaser

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  4. Been hearing really good things about A Whole New World. Was upset that I missed it. Great stack of books this week.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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  5. Wow! A whole new world sounds AWESOME!! Thank you for bringing it to my attention!!

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  6. A Whole New World is going to be a must read for me! Thanks for sharing *happy dance* I love retellings and Disney :D

    PS: New follower!

    My WoW

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  7. We are partial WoW twinnies! Mine was a Liz Braswell novel. I hope you enjoy these when you read them!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a fantastic day :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  8. I am excited to read A Whole New World too. I have a thing for Aladdin. :) When my son was a baby (he's 20 now) this is the only movie he would allow to be played in his presence. Allow isn't correct, he would DEMAND this movie at all times. And yes, he has ADD and is on the Autism spectrum, go figure. So I know this movie inside and out. However, I see the star ratings this book is getting, and they have me worried. Hopefully it will be an enjoyable book! Dark Shimmer is new to me, and I have no idea what fairytale it is. I hope you enjoy reading it. Thanks for stopping by My WoW.

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  9. Oh Dark Shimmer looks really good! I wish I could be excited about A Whole New World. It just doesn't appeal to me for some reason. Great picks!

    Christina @ Books & Prejudice

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  10. Both sound so good! I really want to know what retelling Dark Shimmer is. Maybe we'll find out closer to the release date? Great picks!

    My WoW

    Lizzie @ Lizzie the Sarcastic Blonde

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  11. WOW! Dark Shimmer sounds fantastic. How am I just hearing about it now? I must add it to my TBR. I have heard some mixed reviews about A Whole New World. It sounds interesting though and other villain stories would be amazing!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

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  12. both are new to me but sounds like a great read-- get a chance to read them soon.

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  13. I'm excited for A Whole New World too! I have an ARC and can't wait to read it. I hope it lives up to the hype!

    -- Nicola Reads YA

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  14. A Whole New World sounds like my kind of read and thanks for sharing as I never knew about it. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  15. Fairy Tale retellings day!! :) A Whole New World sounds so great!!

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  16. A Whole New World sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing it!

    Thanks for stopping by My WoW!

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  17. nice picks! I haven't heard of either of them, but the first one looks...interesting. I don't know how I feel about these new stories coming along "changing" our beloved classic stories though, especially Disney ones.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  18. These both sounds SO GOOD! I have A Whole New World, I didn't realize it was out Sept. 1st. That's not too far away. Boo, for Dark Shimmer being moved to May 2016! Oh, well, something else to look forward to next year! Great picks!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

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  19. These both sounds SO GOOD! I have A Whole New World, I didn't realize it was out Sept. 1st. That's not too far away. Boo, for Dark Shimmer being moved to May 2016! Oh, well, something else to look forward to next year! Great picks!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

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  20. What in the world is with all the Aladdin retellings?! It seems like they're popping up everywhere! I hope it's awesome!

    Here's my WoW!

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  21. The second one doesn't ring any bells for me either, but both reads sound really interesting! Hope you enjoy them when they both come out!

    My WoW

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  22. I don't think either of these will keep my interest, but only because I wasn't a fan of Aladdin and the other, I don't like anything set in history. Just a thing for me. I am glad you are soo excited for these!

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  23. Before looking at the blurb for a Whole New World I just knew it was disney because of that Aladdin song :) Both books look interesting. Hope you read them soon.

    Happy Wednesday!

    Shane @ Itching for Books

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  24. Oh my gosh, this new series sounds amazing! I am a huge fairy tale/Disney story fan so I will be looking out for A Whole New World :D Dark Shimmer also sounds really good so adding that to Goodreads too. Thanks so much for sharing these and stopping by!

    Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf

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  25. OMG DISNEY RE IMAGINING??? YES YES YES AND MORE YES. I shall be reading this one with you Jessica! <3

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  26. Oooo! I saw A Whole New World this week for the first time and I was so excited about it too!! Great pick. Can't wait to read this one.

    Shannon @ The Tale Temptress

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  27. Oh wow. Both of them have stunning covers! Love them both. And they sound amazing. I'm curious about the first. That sounds like such a cool idea.

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  28. A WHOLE NEW WORLD!! I'm really excited for that one! Dark Shimmer also sounds interesting. I'm definitely keeping my eyes out for that one as well. Nice picks! :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

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  29. THis is a populuar choice this week! I hope you enjoy it! THanks for stopping by

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    Leydy @ OUaT

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  30. I love retellings!! Thanks for sharing those, Jessica, I'm very intrigued! :D

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  31. I am realllly looking forward to A Whole New World! I hope we both love it when we read it.

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  32. Both books are new to me. thanks for sharing.
    Adriana @ Reading Fictional

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  33. I love it when an author takes a classic and makes it new and interesting.

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