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Part of Your World

A Twisted Tale, Book 5
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Series: Twisted Tales, Book 5
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
4.5 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What if Ariel had never defeated Ursula?

It's been five years since the infamous sea witch defeated the little mermaid...and took King Triton's life in the process. Ariel is now the voiceless queen of Atlantica, while Ursula runs Prince Eric's kingdom on land. But when Ariel discovers her father might still be alive, she finds herself returning to a world - and a prince - she never imagined she would see again.

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I was so excited! Now I'm SO disappointed!

This story makes absolutely no sense. I get that this is a "Twisted Tale", but the twist is supposed to be that Ursula won instead of Ariel. Now all of the sudden Athena (Ariel's mother) has been dead for 100 years? Ariel was about 3 or 4 when her mother died. When the original movie came out, she yelled, "I'm 16 years old, I'm not a child anymore!" at Triton after she got caught going to the surface. She was 16 in the original movie. This book takes place 5 years later, making her 21. So how, exactly, is it possible that Athena has been dead for 100 years?

Also, Ariel sneaks into Eric castle and suddenly knows all about modern architecture? She didn't even know what a fork was when she was 16 and if Ursula won, Ariel would have no possible way of learning anything else about the human world. But she suddenly knows where all of Ursula's/Vanessa's perfumes come from? And Prince Eric, the dedicated sailor, is suddenly interested in composing operas now? What?? Why??

The worst parts of the book were the parts where Ariel essentially called herself stupid for choosing to make the deal with Ursula to become human or made it sound like the only reason she became human was to be with Eric. Like she gave up her voice and her life to be with a man and she absolutely did NOT. She wanted to be human long before Eric ever showed up. The "Little Mermaid" TV series showed that in detail and she sang "Part of Your World" in the original movie before she EVER laid eyes on Eric. She made the deal because her father was a tyrant who destroyed everything she cared about and shamed her for her fascination with the human world constantly. She was miserable and she wanted to be free. Free to explore the human world, free to learn everything she's always wanted to know, free to be herself, free to live her dreams and, yes, free to be with the man she loved. She may have been young and impulsive and stubborn, but, she was also as sweet and pure-hearted as she was brave. This character is not Ariel at all.

Ariel has been my favorite Princess since I was 3 years old. This story does not do her character or her story justice at all. I'm so sad right now.

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Definitely not one of my favorites.

I didn't even mind not listening to the last 15 minutes. It just didn't catch or keep my attention For very long.

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Enjoyable and a great reader

This was fun to listen too. I found this book so enjoyable because of the narrator. She does great voices for each character. It features all the characters we love and with the great narration it’s easy to picture another little mermaid story in your head! I would t of enjoyed this book as much if I was reading it because the story is kinda lacking. Story got great towards the end. Beginning of the book is “eh” . If you are a hard core Disney fan you might like this, if not the story won’t be too entertaining.

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My favorite Book so far!

I loved this one! Could we please keep this going. My review for the last few books have been up and down . but this one struck a chord with me.

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i love it. 🤩

i couldn't finish the book on my own since im so busy. but with audible i can listen to the story during my busy day.

thank you, so much audible

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Not horrible but could’ve been better

The story was fun and it was great to revisit old characters, but I was super disappointed with Ariel and Eric’s first interaction. Not to mention how the book made him sound like an idiot. He didn’t match his original personality after the spell broke. I also wasn’t a huge fan of her sisters treating her the way they did. I would say this book is fun and if you want to revisit old characters, go for it! But if you’re looking for something more true to how the characters originally were, this book won’t really give that.

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Love above and below

I love Braswell’s take on this story. Introducing new characters, providing better insight on existing ones. Maarleveld has excellent voices for each character so your ears always know who is talking. This twisted tale beautifully ties up loose ends, keeps the snappiness at bay, portrays a very grown up heroine, and now we know for sure everyone has a happily ever after.