Review: Reflection (Twisted Tales #4)

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Rating: ★★★★★

For the longest time I’ve been debating whether or not to read the Twisted Tales from Disney. Typically, I’ll read any Disney related book, but the first two books in the series got such mixed reviews, that it deterred me from picking one up. Then the Beauty and the Beast one and this one came out and they got better reviews. So I finally decided to try one out. I’m so glad I did because this was really good!

First off, I was really happy that Disney choose a Asian author   to write this book. I think #OwnVoices literature is so important. You can tell that the author knew the culture so well. She did a great job incorporating the Chinese underworld and mythology into the story.

I also have to give the author major props for doing her homework. It was very clear that she watched the direct-to-DVD Mulan 2 movie. There was one part where Shang says, “Perhaps when I marry, I’ll combine the ancestral temples so my bride won’t have to leave her family” (175). That is exactly what ends up happening in Mulan 2. When I read that line, I immediately remembered that part in the movie. 

Since the book starts during the battle against the huns on the mountain, I was happy that it still referenced earlier events in the movie. They were woven into the story nicely. 

Overall, I just think the whole book was so well done. From the writing style to the incorporation of mirrors and reflections, it hit all the checkboxes.  

Mulan Book Tag

I was tagged by Rebecca at Bookishly Rebecca to do the Mulan book tag. You can check out her post here. Thank you so much to Rebecca for tagging me! I am so excited to do this tag because Mulan is my favorite Disney Princess.

Rules:

  • Mention the creator (Kirsty and the Cat Read)
  • Thank/mention the person who tagged you
  • Match books or characters to the questions below
  • tag as many people as you like🙂

REFLECTION: “WHEN WILL MY REFLECTION SHOW WHO I AM INSIDE?” -AN INACCURATE BOOK COVER THAT DOESN’T REFLECT WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT

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Living the Dream by Lauren Berry

Based on the cover, you would think that characters would be drinking a lot of coffee in this book. Nope. They never drank coffee. Instead they were always drinking some sort of alcoholic beverage. I’m still confused as to why they decided to stick a coffee cup on the cover.

MUSHU: A CHARACTER WITH A LOT TO PROVE

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Magnus Chase from the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series by Rick Riordan

Magnus is the son of a Norse god who ends up in Hotel Valhalla. He is expected to fight in Ragnarok when it finally happens. While he’s waiting, he has to save the world multiple times, so I guess you could say he has a lot to prove.

“I’LL MAKE A MAN OUT OF YOU”: A CHARACTER WHO DEVELOPS THE MOST OR A BOOK WITH SOME KICK-ASS TRAINING SCENES

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No book really jumps out to me, but I guess ACOMAF by Sarah J. Maas. Feyre learns a lot in that book.

“A GIRL WORTH FIGHTING FOR”: A SHIP YOU WILL DEFEND TILL YOUR LAST BREATH

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Lara Jean and John Ambrose McClaren from the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han

I actually really love these two together. Sorry Peter, but John is way better. I hold on to hope that later on in the future, Lara Jean will break up with Peter and realize she belongs with John.

HUNS: A BOOK/CHARACTER THAT GIVES YOU THE CREEPS

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

That book is probably one of the creepiest books of all time because of the subject matter, but I loved it regardless.

MULAN: YOUR FAVORITE BAD-ASS FEMALE PROTAGONIST

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Squirrel Girl from The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Squirrel Girl is hands down my favorite. She’s a total boss. I could go on and on about her. Seriously, go read her comics and the YA book.

I tag…

So this is the first of many tag posts I have coming so I’m not going to tag anyone directly. If you want to do this tag then go for it (and be sure to tag me so I can check it out)!

Once again thank you for reading!

xoxo,

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One Lovely Blog Award

I was nominated by my very good friend Erica from Erica’s Bookshelves for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you so much for nominating me! I’ve known Erica for quite a while on Bookstagram. I’ve been following her on there pretty much the entire time I’ve been on it. Here is a link to her One Lovely Blog Award post.

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Now onto the facts!

  1. My favorite Disney Princess is Mulan. Based on my blog name and profile pic, you would think my favorite would be Belle, but Mulan is my number 1. Mulan is such a bad ass and growing up she was the only female Asian representation I saw in movies. Belle is actually my third favorite princess (Rapunzel is number 2).
  2. My current celebrity crushes are Skeet Ulrich and Dove Cameron. This past summer I binge watched Riverdale fell in love with Skeet (aka FP Jones). I also watched Disney Descendants 2 and completely fell in love with Dove.
  3. My favorite singer is Lana Del Rey. I am obsessed with her. Her music speaks to me in such an intimate way. She’s an absolute genius.
  4. I like playing solitaire. I could literally play for hours and never get bored. My favorite game to play is Klondike.
  5. My favorite Beatle is Ringo. Not only does he have the coolest name, he was also the most drama-free.
  6. I suck at putting on make-up. I have like zero make up skills. Like I have no idea how to apply eyeshadow or cat-eye eyeliner.
  7. I’ve never traveled outside of the USA. The farthest I’ve been is Hawaii. But I really do want to travel other countries, particularly the Philippines and the UK.

Nominations!

I nominate:

 

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