Review 1. Cameron Dokey - The wild orchid.

Pages: 256.
Published: January 19th 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Sort: Part of the 'Once upon a time' serie, fairytale retelling.

"Once upon a Time" Is Timeless.
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?

A wonderful retelling about Mulan.
Mulan is a girl no mother-in-law wants during that time. She's more a tomboy than a girly-girl. Instead of embroidering, she likes to ride a horse and learn archery from her best friend Lin Po.

She grew up without a mother (she died in childbirth) and father (in the army) and she's always afraid that she's not good enough for her father. When he's injured during a battle, he's sent home. Her father falls in love and marries another woman, but then comes the devastating news. The emperor wants to built a new army against the Huns and her father must come back to the front. Mulan decides to takes his place and she sneaks out in the night.

There, she slowly starts to fall in love with someone and he has set his eyes on her too in another way. She makes a good name during the fight (she kills an important man) and the army saves their country from the Huns. But, her secret has come out; she's a girl. Can she get the trust from the man she loves back and better: can he love her?

What I liked about this book is that Mulan is a very nice girl. It's not hard too connect with her. She's very brave, by taking her fathers place in the army - and he's not even that nice to her in the beginning. There was one little thing I'd like to see different; the ending seems a bit rushed for me. The story is building up and up and then it doesn't met my expectation. It ended a bit too soon, like I missed a couple of pages. But overall, I really liked this reading experience and I think that Dokey is becoming a favorite writer. I absolutely love fairytales.


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