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Part of Your World

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  5,269 ratings  ·  762 reviews
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.
Hardcover, Twisted Tales, #5, 475 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
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b It really depends how you want to see and feel towards her. If you want a backstory or to feel sympathetic for her I would suggest reading “The Sea Wi…moreIt really depends how you want to see and feel towards her. If you want a backstory or to feel sympathetic for her I would suggest reading “The Sea Witch” which is amazing. But if you truly want her as she is in the disney movie I think this is a fabulous interpretation. she is very manipulative and deliciously evil in this story. I think if you’re seeking for Ursula and her defeat this is definitely the book for you!(less)
Michelle I saw it as a gift to the girl who thought she was always forgotten. It sounds like Vareet was with Ursula/Vanessa from the very beginning, forced to …moreI saw it as a gift to the girl who thought she was always forgotten. It sounds like Vareet was with Ursula/Vanessa from the very beginning, forced to endure the abuse for the last five years; that can do a number on one's self esteem. Now, everyone has their happily ever after, but she goes back to being somewhat alone: Eric and Ariel are lost in each other, so despite all Vareet did for them, she's alone; Jona comes to visit and sit with her, but they really can't communicate. The whelk shell with the sounds of a mermaid inside are meant to acknowledge her, and let her know they will never forget what Vareet did to help with their "happily ever afters."(less)

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Geesh. I was not crazy about this one.

I never felt connected to the story at all.

It makes me so sad.

It's possibly my fault. I finished the lastest edition to the Twisted Tales line-up, Mirror, Mirror, last month and really enjoyed it.

Compared to that one, which does have a new author to the series, this one felt very flat and forced.

The format of this one worked against it, IMO. The other books I have read in this series follow the events of the Disney movies fairly closely in the beginning.
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Many thanks to Disney for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

I have not seen The Little Mermaid. Partly because I wasn't alive when it was in theaters. Mainly, because my parents didn't want me seeing it for two reasons. 1) Ariel was sassy and disobeyed her parent(s). They didn't want me getting any ideas. (That plan backfired on them horribly.) 2) They deemed Ariel's outfit too inappropriate. At five, I didn't really care because I had no idea what it was. (I also didn't know the
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-1
I’ve been all about the mermaids lately! Can’t get enough of variations on this great fairy tale. In this “Little Mermaid” retelling, author Liz Braswell sticks to the Disney movie version of events with one exception—rather than Ariel defeating the Sea Witch at the end, Ursula wins, Ariel is turned back into a mermaid only because Tritan sacrifices himself for her, and now Ursula rule the human kingdom as a cruel princess. Awesome, right? I liked the way the author kept true to the Disney tradi ...more
I'm sorry to all the Little Mermaid fans who read this. This was absolutely dreadful. And honestly, it's my fault. I've pretty much hated everything Braswell has written for this series yet I keep coming back to see if maybe it gets better.

It doesn't.

So that's on me. And I'm pretty sure I'm done.

Also, if you're going to write this type of book, maybe rewatch the film you're basing this on because based on this book, I'm convinced you've never actually seen the movie.

Anyway, this work of Disney
Jennie Damron
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
So I liked this book, but I didn't love it. Now the Little Mermaid is one of my favorite princesses. I adore her. The movie was incredible and magical. This book was good, but it was missing heart and that spark of magic. I don't know it just fell flat with me. I loved Ariel and Eric but parts just felt so incredibly cheesy. At least with the movie the cheesy factor is charming this was just ridiculous. And Ursula is my favorite villain, but in this book she wasn't anywhere near as awesome as th ...more

Not gonna lie, Ursula slays guys. Well, until she died in the movie.. but that's "details" for another time. Even before diving into this book, I've been wanting to dive back into Disney movies. However, after diving into this.. I was kind of hoping that it was going to be a bit better than it was. I mean, I liked it.. but I didn't really love the book.

Ursula is such a freaking good villain. Pretty sure I realized this when I was little girl
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one particularly attached to "The Little Mermaid"
As a Disney junkie and retellings fanatic, the “Twisted Tale” series has been on my radar for a while, but the terrible premises, poor reviews, and previous bad experience with Disney YA cautioned me to stay the hell away. I’ve already been burned by Serena Valentino’s villain stories, and had no desire to read more Disney publications that at worst slaughtered the source material and at best fell short of it.

But Part of Your World finally made me cave. Not because I thought it would be good. O
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars ⭐️

I enjoyed this book way more than the Snow Ehite retelling yet still not quite a difference in the rating.

Review to come (YES I know.... I need to write some more reviews, I have been stalling, I confess)

But I am also so so busy life is living me right now.
Kat Royale
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: disney
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 ...more
Amanda Hupe
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads, bookclub
There is seriously nothing better than a book that really takes you out of reality. I think we can all agree that our reality isn’t what we would want it to be at the moment. Our book club decided to read a fairytale or fairytale retelling for March, and we selected Part of Your World by Liz Braswell. This book is a part of The Disney Twisted Tale series. This book is about The Little Mermaid if Ariel and Eric didn’t defeat Ursula. Five years after Ariel lost her voice to try to win the love of ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Did you ever read something and think, “This is the biggest load of garbage I’ve ever had the misfortune to read?”
This was just okay for me.
Not the worst in the series, but not great either.
May 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Under the sea is better than anything. on We Heart It

And so is this book
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
And they lived happily ever after.

4/5. Will definitely look out for other Liz Braswell retellings.
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this retelling. I like that Ursula was given more plot time, because she's really an interesting character (and, even with the octopus-to-human magicking, her personality is anything but fiction). Ariel called out Eric on his dumb behavior - "umm, we're like falling in love and you saw me and then you went for this new girl because she had my voice... reall?!" Ariel stood up for herself in the book more; she is no longer mermaid Juliet, a teenager lost in her lust love of someon ...more
Nasty Lady MJ
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Liz Braswell is far batting 2-0 for me in her Twisted Tale series (otherwise known as Disney sanctioned fan fiction). To the point, where I was at the point of not even bothering with these books anymore. Because they’re all sort of pathetic.

Only thing is, I really was obsessed with The Little Mermaid when I was a kid and as I grew up I couldn’t help but realize how stupid and incredibly lucky Ariel was. This premises sort of was like my ideal fan fiction BUT L
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These twisted tales books never disappoint the next one I read is always better than the last one. I loved the characters especially Ariel and Eric the romance started out slowly since there were many other priorities but when the romance finally happened it was magical and one of the best romances that I have read. I loved Ariel for so many reasons but the main one was she grew became a pretty good Queen and she really learned from her mistakes. I loved Eric for many reasons one was how determi ...more
Kalena W
3.5/5 stars, I don’t know what I was expecting.

That first line makes me sound like I hated this book, I did not. I just didn’t know what to expect going in, maybe like reading a sequel to my favorite Disney princess movie? I kinda had low expectations and this book stayed kinda in line with that, but it wasn’t a bad book.

I did enjoy it, it was a very easy read for a YA book which can be appreciated. But also, it just felt kinda all airy and nice and honestly written toward a younger audience.
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 don’t know why I keep trying with this series.
Courtney Wynn
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was super into this! I thought that the twist in this tale was really fun and allowed not only for growth in the characters, but also a brand new story built on the one we already know so well.

This book is part of the Twisted Tale series reimagining Disney’s version of The Little Mermaid. The story here takes place several years after the events of the Disney movie, but with a very different ending. Ursula ended up winning in the end and Ariel is now the mute queen of Atlantica. Information is
Darlene I read WAY to many books
Idk if its just me.. but i hated this story so much.. and I wanted to love this because Ursula is one of my fsve disney villians and this was so ugh everyone was childish everyone was so god dang annoying!!!

I kept pushing i told myself no dnfing you can do it.. i was so bored I skimmed alot of chapters... idk if its the author? Because I do love retelling story's..
The only reason it got a 2 star was i love the cover alot.

Recommend- meh naw
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And this was the last twisted tale (until the new one is being released) that I still had to read. I was really curious about this one, especially because it's been a while since I've seen the original movie. There were a few things that I got in previous stories that I hoped to get in this one too: More in depth characters, a better developed romantic relationship and some intelligent tricks to fight the bad guy.

AND I GOT LITERALLY ALL OF THEM! At the end of the story, when I closed the book, I
Noel Sierra
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
As a former Disney cast member and defender of All Things Pixie Dust, I am disappointed to admit I had to DNF this one. The writing is too amateur for me to enjoy. Characters are repeatedly described as "the red-haired girl" or "the brown-haired girl," sentences are either choppy or wordy, and the dialogue is corny. However, the most devastating sin this book commits is its deviation from the source material. Ursula never wanted to control the land--her goal was to conquer the sea (given she's a ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disney, reviewed
This was definitely one of the weakest in the series. I get that it’s supposed to be a spin-off so there’s gonna be some level of suspension of disbelief, but this was like reading a whole new character. 5 years later or not, Ariel is NOTHING like this nor do I think she’ll ever be anything like the way she was written in this. The author basically invented her own version of Ariel who’s nothing like the dreamy, impulsive mermaid we know. This isn’t the Ariel we know and love, and honestly, I di ...more
Becca Akins
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: retellings
This wasn’t good. The writing wasn’t up to parr. And the story lacked maturity that is expected in YA novels.
Jaye Berry
Jun 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, audiobook, ya, fantasy
Okay... so. After I read and hated A Whole New World - A Twisted Tale, I figured I could give this series another shot. Because they aren't related to each other I also figured I could jump into this Little Mermaid one, which is a movie I love so much more than Aladdin so maybe I would like this twisted tales more, right??? Wrong. Oh man. If the Aladdin one was bad, this was even worse.

Part of Your World didn't even start like the Aladdin one did which was the first 25% of the book being all lin
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Well Well, that was .. interesting
I have to say, growing up I wasn't a fan of Ariel and her story, but the book took a really twisted turn to make us believe that Ariel and Eric do love each other .. but still, Ariel isn't interesting to me at all
so the story takes place under the assumption that Ariel never defeated Ursella and the sea witch ends up marrying Eric and ruling the kingdom and enslaving Triton under her thump
but Ariel will strike back after 5 years and take back what was hers
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Twisted Little Mermaid: what if Ariel hasn’t defeated Ursula on the wedding boat?

I love these stories. Ariel becomes a signing Sea Queen, mature and stern. Her father is a polyp in Ursula’s trinket vox. Eric is still under her spell, composing operas. So moody, I love it!

Ariel is a force in this book and it’s amazing! Instead of being a moony eyed love-sick girl she is a strong independent queen who gets ish done! The book is around beating Ursula fully. It was done wonderfully with just enough
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I’m a huuuuuge Little Mermaid fan, so I HAD to read this one! It’s the first Twisted Tale book that sounded interesting to me, so it’s also the first I’ve read. It was definitely a slowly paced story, but it was a very quick read. There were three or four memorable scenes, and it was great to revisit the world and characters. That said, casual fans probably won’t be as into this one, and I wasn’t too keen on the writing style itself. I loved the overall plot and Ariel’s depiction, but there were ...more
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“You've become a queen, a woman with a complicated personality. You have hidden depths and a wisdom and intelligence that all went unnoticed before by an idiot prince whose heart couldn't listen to anything his ears couldn't hear."
Ariel felt a little giddy. "I control storms and the heart of a prince. I like that." If she were in the sea she would have been swooning, thrashing her tail and spinning in circles until she was dizzy.”
“She sang.
Wordless hymns of the sea: immediate, extemporized passages about waves and sunlight and tides and the constant, beautiful pressure of water on everything. The glory of seaweed slowly swaying, the delicious feeling that foretold a storm in the Dry World and turbulence below.
The music came out of her without pause, driven by years of observing, seeing, listening, enjoying, experiencing the world and unable to express it. The wonder and sadness of being alive. The joy of being a mermaid; the pain of being the only one like herself- the only mermaid who had been mortal, temporarily, and then lost everything.”
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