I have been reading Melanie Dickerson’s books since 2010. And though I have not LOVED all of the books I have read by her, I always add her YA fairy tale retellings to my TBR.
Her newest it a light retelling of Mulan. Did I LOVE it? Hm, I say not LOVE. But I enjoyed it and think it is one of my most loved out of all her books to date.
This book had so many twists. A summary of my mental musings about these twists: “Like, wow, did not see that coming…. Whoah, what happened? Eeeek! Poor characters! GET TOGETHER ALREADY!!!!!”
Another thing I liked is that it also lightly touched on the damaging effects of racism. Mulan, the only girl of Mongolian decent in her village, suffered unjustly because she did not look like everyone else. 🙁 Total reminder that we should not treat people badly because they are different. *looks at rude villagers* Not cool, guys.
As someone who is facinated in Asian cultures, I would have loved there to be more of a Mongolian feel to the book. Yet I understand why Dickerson did not do so in this tale. The book is part of series that follow European characters. She wanted to include a Mulan story in her series of fairy tale retellings, and she did BUT in a subtle way. (I guess this might throw off some readers looking for a purely Asian-set retelling, so if that is what you are looking for, this is not the book for you.) So, though it could have been better, it was still okay for me that she chose this route for this retelling.
Okay, so maybe it is because I read an ARC, but I felt like Mulan’s character had a major flip from clumsy to warrior. In the beginning, she is portrayed to be a struggling clumsy maiden (lol, like me!), but when she becomes a warrior it just goes away. Totally threw me off a bit. Maybe her confidence took over, but I feel that, realistcally, she would still struggle some with her lack of gracefullness despite becoming a soldier.
With a few nods to the Disney film mixed with a whole lot of faith, this book is sure to take Dickerson’s fans on an exciting journey that they will be able to enjoy far from the danger of battles.
I give “The Warrior Maiden” a rating of four. No, you do not have to read the books before this one to enjoy it, but you will totally be missing the full experience if you don’t read them first. It releases early 2019, so…
Book Review Ratings:
5. Great Book!
4. I liked it!
2. Did not like it.
1. Did not finish
*Thanks to the publisher through Netgalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. Not required to write a positive review.