Saturday, November 2, 2019

YA Review: Aladdin: Far from Agrabah by Aisha Saeed

Far from Agrabah
by Aisha Saeed
Disney Press
April 2, 2019
336 pages

Plot: This stunning original novel will tell an all-new story set in the world of the new film, featuring Aladdin and Jasmine. A magic carpet ride full of adventure, suspense, and wonder written by New York Times best-selling author Aisha Saeed, this story will be a must-read for any Aladdin fans who find themselves drawn into and enchanted by the magical world of Agrabah and beyond. (2019,

Review: In Aladdin: Far From Agrabah, we don't get a revamp of the original story, but a closer look into Aladdin and Jasmine's fateful carpet ride.  In this new book by Aisha Saeed, we see how far Aladdin has to go to make Princess Jasmine believe he is actually a prince from a kingdom called Ababwa.  When Jasmine requests to see his kingdom while they are on their magic carpet ride, Aladdin has to think fast if he wants to stay believable.  So, banking on his original wish to be a prince, Genie is able to create a "fake" kingdom for him without having him use another wish.  This new kingdom comes complete with people, real human issues amongst those people, and a palace fully staffed with servants and advisors. But, what isn't set up or planned is a very real person who knows something is not right with this new kingdom that just popped up out of nowhere.  

I enjoyed this new addition to the Aladdin story.  It really makes Aladdin and Jasmine's romance more believable.  They got to spend more time together and got to know each other beyond just a short carpet ride and a few hours on the streets of Agrabah.  This helps us with how quickly they fall in love in the original story.  But, we don't just get an added romantic getaway for Aladdin and Jasmine. There is danger lurking in the shadows, and they have to work together if they ever want to make it back to Agrabah before Princess Jasmine is considered missing.

If you like the story of Aladdin, then you will enjoy this new addition by Aisha Saeed.  A fresh look into the Aladdin storyline full of heart.

*A DRC was given for an honest review.

Rating: 4 Hearts!

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