Part of Your World
What if Ariel had never defeated Ursula? Five years after the (twisted) events of the film, Ariel is now the queen of Atlantica, and Ursula is running Eric's kingdom on land. But when the sea witch threatens Atlantica once more, Ariel finds herself returning to a world (and a prince) she thought she'd left behind forever.

Part of Your World Details

TitlePart of Your World
Author
ReleaseSep 4th, 2018
PublisherDisney Press
ISBN-139781368013819
Rating
GenreFantasy, Retellings, Young Adult, Fairy Tales

Part of Your World Review

  • Kat Royale
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first of Disney's Twisted Tales I've read and I'll be seeking out the others as soon as I have the munz. Even if you skipped Liz Braswell's heartfelt introduction to the novel (it's really sweet, seriously read it) you can tell she's a serious fan of The Little Mermaid. She captures everyone's favorite redheaded mermaid to a tea and gives some much needed depth to the character of Prince Eric. Best of all, since this is an alternative ending to the original tale, there is plenty of U This is the first of Disney's Twisted Tales I've read and I'll be seeking out the others as soon as I have the munz. Even if you skipped Liz Braswell's heartfelt introduction to the novel (it's really sweet, seriously read it) you can tell she's a serious fan of The Little Mermaid. She captures everyone's favorite redheaded mermaid to a tea and gives some much needed depth to the character of Prince Eric. Best of all, since this is an alternative ending to the original tale, there is plenty of Ursula and her fabulously wicked sea witch self to go around.To set the scene, imagine that "The Little Mermaid" ended at Princess Vanessa (Ursula) and Prince Eric's wedding. Vanessa's stylish evil gold shell necklace never breaks and Ariel's voice is never freed. Because Ariel doesn't sing, Eric remains enchanted and follows through with his vows to Vanessa. Ariel loses her wager with Ursula, but before the sea witch can collect, King Triton appears to take her place. Ariel returns to the sea to become the mute Queen of Atlantica while Ursula remains on land to be crowned the Queen of Tirulia with Eric as her husband and King Triton as her captive. So begins this twisted tale. Keep in mind, this is a continuation of the Disney movie. There are no attempts to tie in anything from the Hans Christian Anderson's tale or any other versions of the story. However, you really need to watch the movie before you start this book. There is a recap of sorts in the beginning, but if you are one of the rare unicorns that haven't seen “The Little Mermaid” and want the full impact of this clever alternative to Eric and Ariel's original happily-ever-after, grab some popcorn and give it a watch....then read “Part of Your World” to see how that happy ending gets ripped to shreds in the first twenty pages. >:)
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  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC from a blogger friend in a fair trade. My review is completely honest and voluntary; I was in no way compensated for this review.Liz Braswell has done it again! She’s taken a favorite Disney movie of mine and gave it a nice good twist to see what could’ve happened had things gone wrong in The Little Mermaid. In Part of Your World, we learn how things would’ve been had Ursula won and Ariel lost everything. What’s so fun with these stories is how much could’ve changed with one I received this ARC from a blogger friend in a fair trade. My review is completely honest and voluntary; I was in no way compensated for this review.Liz Braswell has done it again! She’s taken a favorite Disney movie of mine and gave it a nice good twist to see what could’ve happened had things gone wrong in The Little Mermaid. In Part of Your World, we learn how things would’ve been had Ursula won and Ariel lost everything. What’s so fun with these stories is how much could’ve changed with one little moment, though it wasn’t entirely clear why things didn’t play out like in the movie, I figure it was best not to think too hard on that because the point of this series is to give new endings!The book opens up five years after Ursula had won. Ariel was a voiceless mermaid trying to rule Atlantica while Ursula continued to be Vanessa with Ariel’s voice and Eric was kept in a hypnotized daze. This was how five years were spent. Then one day Scuttle and his great-granddaughter were watching a play that Eric wrote, one that had a very familiar story with a somewhat different ending. And it basically leads to Ariel returning to land once again in order to find her father who Scuttle discovered was still alive…in his polyp form.It becomes Ariel’s mission to find and rescue her father and return him to his throne under the sea, but she’s going to need some help in order to accomplish this and naturally, that help comes in many familiar faces.It was so much fun to read this one! I loved seeing what things could’ve been like had Ursula initially won. Things were definitely different in this scenario and it becomes clear who the real ruler of the castle is and sadly, it wasn’t Eric. Vanessa, as Ursula, had her own plans for the kingdom and surrounding kingdoms. Having not been allowed to rule under the sea, she decides she’ll take the next best thing and rule on land.For the first part of the book, Ariel has no voice and communicates with her friends with a form of sign language. It made me wonder how the story would progress without her talking, much like in the movie. But that gets cleared up rather quickly when Ursula’s spell breaks, but that was only a small step in her battle to come. It would be too hard to communicate with Eric and everyone else on land if she had no voice, so I was glad that Liz gave her her voice back early on.The story was told in many points of view from all the characters we already knew and love! For the most part though, the story was told from Ariel and Eric’s point of view and Ursula coming in at third. It was interesting getting all the different perspectives and made the ease of story-telling that much clearer.Another part that the Disney fan in me loved was how the title song gets mentioned! They don’t outright show you the lyrics but when Eric mentioned to Ariel, the song she sang when she rescued him and she sings is…totally was singing along! Another little bit that honestly had me grinning when it was mentioned, Ariel asked Eric how he couldn’t recognize her as the one who saved him and then when Ursula as Vanessa started singing, just fell for entirely! I won’t mention the outcome from that, but just that it gets said, had me grinning from ear to ear, because honestly Eric?!I felt like this was a well-paced novel too! Don’t let the near 500 pages alarm you! In the first day, which was slightly busy for me, I read over 100 pages and by the next I read over 200 leaving just another 100 for the last day. It’s a fairly quick read in a sense, one that had me turning the pages as fast as I could read them! It was so much fun being back in this world and seeing more of the world above Ariel, though I kind of want to see more under the sea now too! Lol!The ending was positively wonderful! It’s not quite the ending you would expect and yet, it totally works for the story! I feel like you can see what would happen down the line at some point, its open-endedness was something I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did. Part of Your World was a most magical read indeed! This is a book that Disney lovers are bound to enjoy!Overall Rating 5/5 starsPart of Your World releases September 4, 2018
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  • Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    Lives up to the premise, and then someAn alt-reality sequel to The Little Mermaid in which Ursula wins, and Ariel is forced to grow from a naive princess into a strong and mature queen without her happy ending. The book not only meets expectations, it surpasses them. All the characters from the film get additional layers, but the qualities which made fans love them are not sacrificed. The shortcomings of the movie are addressed by giving both Ariel and Eric equally strong roles to play in a far Lives up to the premise, and then someAn alt-reality sequel to The Little Mermaid in which Ursula wins, and Ariel is forced to grow from a naive princess into a strong and mature queen without her happy ending. The book not only meets expectations, it surpasses them. All the characters from the film get additional layers, but the qualities which made fans love them are not sacrificed. The shortcomings of the movie are addressed by giving both Ariel and Eric equally strong roles to play in a far more satisfying resolution to both the film's main conflict and its romantic subplot. Magical elements are given believable rules and limits, elevating the story beyond simple and hazy Disney logic. And many clever additional touches of mythology are added as well. An equally fun read for fans and critics of TLM. Highly recommended.
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  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    January 1, 1970
    I think I've decided for myself that books that are basically fan fiction are not for me. It's odd because I love fan fiction. I wonder if it's because if there is actually a book, there has to be backstory, which honestly, if you pick this book up, hopefully you've already seen the movie a million times, so there is no need to rehash it all. But I get the need to do that. In fan fiction, it's assumed if you are reading it, you are well versed in the fandom so no introductions or definitions are I think I've decided for myself that books that are basically fan fiction are not for me. It's odd because I love fan fiction. I wonder if it's because if there is actually a book, there has to be backstory, which honestly, if you pick this book up, hopefully you've already seen the movie a million times, so there is no need to rehash it all. But I get the need to do that. In fan fiction, it's assumed if you are reading it, you are well versed in the fandom so no introductions or definitions are needed. So I found myself bored for the first 25% of Part of Your World as we are getting "caught up" as to all the characters 5 years after Ariel failed to defeat the witch. Where I thought the story really got going was the back half when we departed from the story and Braswell has more leeway to be creative (I felt the same way about Reflections by Lim). I love that Ariel really comes into her own and grows up, instead of being kind of a starry eyed teenager, she is a much more mature character. Braswell does a good job playfully dealing with the issues in the movie, such as, how can people really be expected to fall in love in three days? This book is destined to have a Disney ending, but I found myself disappointed by that. Ariel is such a great character that I feel that she leaves Prince Eric behind, so I totally didn't believe they were in love. I was also disappointed in Ursula-- in the movie, she is such an amazing villain. Really smart and clever and conniving. In the book, while this is somewhat made up in the end, I felt she was a shadow of her wicked self. There is a reason for this, but it detracted from the enjoyment. Overall, I felt that Braswell did the best she could with the constraints of the story, but my expectations were probably high since this is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time.
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  • Nasty Lady MJ
    January 1, 1970
    God, damn it. I'm going to hate myself because more than likely it's going to be a blow by blow of the Disney movie. But God knows I'm interested. Damn it.
  • Danielle Zimmerman
    January 1, 1970
    Reading this book felt like watching a Little Mermaid sequel (that wasn’t The Little Mermaid II). This novel incorporates so many characters and settings from the classic Disney animated film that it’s hard not to lose yourself in it and relish the expansion of a world we know and love. The What If premise is really interesting and has unexpected consequences on the lives of many characters, namely Ariel and Eric. They’re five years older but sometimes feel like it has been longer than that sinc Reading this book felt like watching a Little Mermaid sequel (that wasn’t The Little Mermaid II). This novel incorporates so many characters and settings from the classic Disney animated film that it’s hard not to lose yourself in it and relish the expansion of a world we know and love. The What If premise is really interesting and has unexpected consequences on the lives of many characters, namely Ariel and Eric. They’re five years older but sometimes feel like it has been longer than that since thy first met. And yet there are still glimpses of the young and in love couple we all fell for. But they’re smarter here and more levelheaded, which does a lot for Ariel’s character (especially considering the flack she gets for “giving up everything for a man”). The plot itself is just ok. Not as epic as I would’ve liked (or I thought it was going to be when starting this book), but it served individual development and character moments well. It also allowed room for us to explore multiple characters’ psyches. All in all, I’m beyond pleased with this Twisted Tale and hope to some day see it on the big screen. It’s cinematic from start to finish and will please Little Mermaid fans everywhere.
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  • Shantel
    January 1, 1970
    *This review is based on an uncorrected proof, provided to me for free, in exchange for an unbiased review.*Something you should know about me upfront: I'm a big Disney fan. Big. HUGE. But, I am also very picky when it comes to retellings of stories I'm fond of, and I can honestly say, I very much enjoyed the story crafted by Liz Braswell for Part of Your World.Part of Your World is the fifth book in the Twisted Tale series from Disney Press, which takes a classic Disney film, and flips the scri *This review is based on an uncorrected proof, provided to me for free, in exchange for an unbiased review.*Something you should know about me upfront: I'm a big Disney fan. Big. HUGE. But, I am also very picky when it comes to retellings of stories I'm fond of, and I can honestly say, I very much enjoyed the story crafted by Liz Braswell for Part of Your World.Part of Your World is the fifth book in the Twisted Tale series from Disney Press, which takes a classic Disney film, and flips the script, alternate reality style. This latest entry is an exploration of what would have happened after the events in The Little Mermaid, if Ariel had not managed to defeat Ursula. It's told from multiple points of view, and starts out five years after the failed battle at sea (if it's been a while since you last saw The Little Mermaid, I'd definitely recommend you watch it again, to better compare how the two depictions of the events are described).To read full review, please visit: https://pagingshantel.wordpress.com/2...
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  • D.J.
    January 1, 1970
    You might as well give these characters different names because they're nothing like the characters we all know and love from the film. With an odd inclusion of Greek mythology along with awful dialogue and a slow plot, this was a major disappointment.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Quick fun read. I enjoy these types of twisted tales that Liz Braswell writes. Full review to come closer to release date.
  • Lisanne Israel
    January 1, 1970
    Loved loved loved it! It was a really great book. I love the story of the little mermaid. It’s really a recommendation to everyone who loves mermaid fairytales 🧜🏻♀ Loved loved loved it! It was a really great book. I love the story of the little mermaid. It’s really a recommendation to everyone who loves mermaid fairytales 🧜🏻‍♀️
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