Name: Wild Orchid: A Retelling of "The Ballad of Mulan" (Once Upon a Time Fairy Tales)
Author: Cameron Dokey
Number of Pages: 224
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Dated Published: February 10th, 2009
Source: Review (Bought)
Wielding a sword as deftly as an embroidery needle, Mulan is unlike any other girl in China. When the emperor summons a great army, each family must send a male to fight. Tomboyish Mulan is determined to spare her aging father and bring her family honor, so she disguises herself and answers the call.
But Mulan never expects to find a friend, let alone a soul mate, in the commander of her division, Prince Jian. For all of Mulan's courage with a bow and arrow, is she brave enough to share her true identity and feelings with Prince Jian?
Lately, as in for awhile now, I have noticed that all the old fairy tales are being retold in a darker and little bit more scary way. I am totally loving it!!! I love the old fairy tales and I love how they are spicing them up a bit. So when I came across the retelling of Mulan, my most favorite fairy tale ever told, I was all over it!!! I mean come on it is a girl that becomes a guy just to show that she is one bad-ass!
While I loved the idea the author was giving off, I really was not interested in this book what so ever. I mean it was good and all but I felt that it liked quite a bit. Like the story line, character development, and even the writing style was drooping - like ice cream on a hot day.
While the character development was not at it's peak, I truly did love Mulan. She was not hard as a rock but she was not soft either. Mulan has grown up with out her dad all her life since her mom passes away, giving her time to do whatever she wanted. Her bestfriend would teach her everything that was learned in his combat lessons. Although his mother did not approve of her at all, in fact she hated her guts.
The story does follow the movie a little bit, and the old story. She does run away to the army and meet the prince, although in the actual story I think he was a general. Yet there are a few more aspects that I wish the author would have explained. There were holes in the plot, like things were missing!!!
The romance well.....it was interesting to the say the least. She did fall instantly in love with the prince but was more his friend than anything. Obviously because she was a guy at the time...which he does not know.
While I liked the idea that was given, I wish the author would have done a lot more for the book. That was the only disappointing thing. I would recommend the book, but get it from the library or borrow from a friend rather than actually buying..but that is up to you!!! :)
xx Kat xx