A Twisted Tale

Book - 2018
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"When Captain Shang is mortally wounded by Shan Yu in battle, Mulan must travel to the Underworld, Diyu, in order to save him from certain death"
Publisher: Los Angeles : Disney Press, 2018
Edition: First hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781484781296
Branch Call Number: / FICTION LIM ELIZABE
Characteristics: 408 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Mulan (Motion picture)


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Apr 10, 2020

If you're a Mulan fan, then you'll enjoy this book. I like the alternative option of how Mulan goes to the underworld to save Captain Li. It's a bit drawn out and I think the book could be shorter, but overall it was a fast and fun read.

Feb 06, 2019

A small part of me took forever to read this seeing as Mulan wasnt in my top favorite Disney movies but overall it was an enjoyable book. I could have easily seen this as a side story to the movie instead of calling it a reimagining.

Jun 14, 2018

I absolutely loved this book. I have been a fan of the Twisted Tale Series since I read the first one, "Once Upon a Dream," and have loved every book after that. When I found out about this one, I instantly put a hold on one and waited patiently, (not) for two months before I got it. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! The book was absolutely worth the wait. How the author portrayed Mulan's experience and travels through Diyu were amazing and it had me on the edge of my seat with every page turn. I completely RECOMMEND this book to any Disney lover. You will not be disappointed!!! -Constitution11

OPL_KrisC May 24, 2018

Mulan is one of my favorite Disney movies so I was super excited to read this book and I was not disappointed. Reflection is the story of Mulan and readers will see some similarities between the book and the movie with the exception of the big twist which is that Shang was hurt by Shan Yu instead of Mulan and he ends up in the Underworld. Mulan feels his death is her fault and braves the Underworld to save Shang. I absolutely loved all the references and quotes from the movie!

Apr 19, 2018

I really liked this book, not only because Mulan is one of my favorite Disney movies (sorry, Frozen, you didn't make it), but also because it's a really good book! There is a lot of Chinese culture in it (duh), but what I liked about it was that it was written by an Asian author, so the mythology doesn't seem... forced. (The other Disney Twisted Tales were written by Liz Braswell)

PLOT: Mulan makes a deal with King Yama of Diyu (THE UNDERWORLD) in order to save Captain Li Shang from certain death after an encounter with the Huns. This book picks up with the snow/avalanche scene from the movie, then moves into the dramatic world of the dead. A highly entertaining plot, with TWISTS (ha, ha, get it? No? Hmm..) and turns, and where nothing is exactly what it seems. A good look into what might have happened should Shang have died (the whole movie would have been totally different!), and a re-imagining of the moment where Shang learns that Ping is Mulan.

CHARACTERS: I love Mulan even more, now. Not only is she totally awesome, but she kicks serious demon butt in this book! "Reflection" is told in the first-person perspective, from Mulan's point of view, something that is difficult to do in a movie, and it was really fun and interesting to read her thoughts. The title of the book REFLECTS (Ha, h-- Okay, I'll stop now.)
the internal confusion Mulan is experiencing. She is faced with many faces and many decisions, and self-doubt along the way.

ACCURACY: Lots of Chinese mythology and terms, such as "lao lao" and "nai nai," which both mean Grandmother (but in different places and on different sides of the family, as per Chinese, and yes, I know that "Chinese" does not really exist, I'm just using that term so that I don't have to go into the inter-relatedness of the mainland Asian languages --> "Chinese") It also helps to solidify the gender roles that were expected from men and women during that time, something that was part of the movie, as well.

RECOMMENDATION: Movies + Books are always iffy, but I suggest this book to you if you like Mulan or Disney in general. "Reflection" doesn't change the course of the movie, but only adds to it and tweaks it in tiny ways. The events in "Reflection" happen over the course of one action-packed night, and makes for an engaging and exciting read. I would recommend seeing the movie if you haven't already, though, because although references are made (i.e. quotes from the movie) it helps to understand where the references are from. Five out of Five. 100% Double thumbs up.

sarahbru17 Apr 16, 2018

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
I thoroughly enjoyed returning to Mulan's world in this inventive re-telling. Mulan has been one of my favorite characters (and my favorite Disney movie) for a long time, and I particularly love her relationship with Shang. This installment just increased that admiration, while educating me on Chinese mythology in a fun and entertaining way. It was fast-paced and easy to read.


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Jun 14, 2018

Constitution11 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

OPL_KrisC May 24, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

sarahbru17 Apr 16, 2018

sarahbru17 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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