Friday, March 15, 2013

"Wild Orchid" (Ashley's Review)

"Wild Orchid" by Cameron Dokey is part of the "Once upon a time" series. This one is a re telling of the ballad of Mulan. The reader is sucked in to a world were a Chinese girl takes her father's place in the Emperor's army to save him from sure death. "Wild Orchid" makes you see a side to Mulan as she was just an ordinary girl who risked her life to save her father and China.

This is the summary taken from the back of this marvelous book....
   "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 sole 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 feeling with Prince Jian?"

In this re telling by Cameron Dokey, Mulan learns to shoot a bow from her best friend Li Po, who is taken to be a Generals assistant for the war. When the Emperor sends the call for every family to send one male, Mulan looks inside herself and decides to take the place of her father, so he won't lose another pregnant wife. She disguises herself as a man and steals her father's war horse heading to her future. Li Po sees her and basically calls her an idiot lol and of course the general who took Li Po with him would recognize the daughter of his best friend. Prince Jian takes an interesting interest in Mulan although he doesn't know she is truly a girl. Will Mulan stay true to herself and follow her heart or will the consequences of her choice come back to with a vengeance in this retelling?

Let's have a KiKi.....


After Reading: You might want to watch the Disney version of "Mulan" and compare the two stories. You also might want to look up the real Ballad of Mulan to see how the Chinese version and the American version differ. Either one please keep an open mind about everything you learn because there will always be different versions of the same tale no matter where you are from.

Rating: I give this book 5/5 beautiful orchids

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