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What if Mulan had to travel to the Underworld?

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. But King Yama, the ruler of Diyu, is not willing to give Shang up easily. With the help of Shang's great lion guardian ShiShi, Mulan must traverse Diyu to find Shang's spirit, face har
Hardcover, Twisted Tales #4, 408 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
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Dani It's not weird because Disney is the one in charge of these books. It's their intellectual property, not the author's. This series was not Braswell's …moreIt's not weird because Disney is the one in charge of these books. It's their intellectual property, not the author's. This series was not Braswell's brainchild or idea. They commissioned Braswell to write the first three and now they've commissioned Lim to write this one. Personally, I appreciate that they have an Asian author writing this tale.(less)
Diana Lopez No you don't have to...I started reading the third book Tale as Old as Time before reading the Aladdin retell and sleeping beauty.

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Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Any Mulan fan knows the nail-biting scene where Captain Shang and his army battle Shan Yu high in the mountain pass.

This pivotal moment is one of the most tense and exciting in the Disney movie!

But what if Shang ended up mortally wounded during the course of that fight?

What would Mulan be willing to do in order to save him?

This story tackles that very question.

In this addition to Disney's Twisted Tales series, we follow Mulan, still posing as the solider Ping, as she travels into the Underworl
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: disney
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 th
Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

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Mulan is my favorite Disney movie, so while perusing books to read on my Kindle, in between bouts of flu-induced naps whilst curling up in a ball and asking what sins I've committed to deserve this suffering, there was really no question about indulging in a bit of Mulan fanfiction to make myself feel better. REFLECTION is part of the Twisted Tales series that Disney has put out, in which the corporation asks, "What if...?" hypotheticals
Bright Star
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2018
"It doesn't matter if I'm pretending to be Ping or if I'm Mulan. As long as I am true to myself, then my reflection will show who I really am."

Oh guys, you can't even imagine all the feels I'm having right now! Mulan is my fave Disney movie of all time and reading this retelling was an explosion of them, over and over again! I looved it! I loved how the author intertwined the events and quotes of the original story with the new one! It was such an incredible journey through the Underworld, and I
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
So far my favourite Disney Twisted Tale out of the two I have read, and WILL be reading all the rest too. This is definitely worthy to be associated with the epic animated classic, Mulan. I don't even want to mention Mulan II that was direct-to-video and not a good sequel. THIS is much better.

This begins with the avalanche that Mulan creates in the movie to stop the Hun army. Unfortunately, Captain Li Shang is mortally wounded and Mulan travels to the Underworld to make a bargain to save him. S
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Reflection is a fun twist on Disney's Mulan, and fans of the movie will love this book.

- Weaves Diyu ("Chinese hell") mythology into Disney's telling of Mulan; also really nice being able to recognise little snippets of the mythology!
- Lim does a great job at capturing the characters from the movie (I couldn't help but read Mushu's dialogue in Eddie Murphy's voice!) as well as create some interesting new characters that complemented the story and existing movie characters well.
- I really liked L
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I do have to let you know that I haven't seen the Disney version of Mulan.
I know, I know I'll get to it.
Don't burn me at the stake.
Since I have no former knowledge of the story other than she is a gal pretending to be a gent who has a mini dragon she travels with I think it made it better for me.
The entire story was a surprise and very exciting!
I am looking forward to watching the Disney version now so I can see what's different.
The twisted tales stories are a delight and
A Whole New World, the first book in the Twisted Tales series, instantly grabbed my attention. I devoured the story offering a new spin on the Aladdin tale, and I was more than willing to pick up the next book. Once Upon a Dream, the Sleeping Beauty retelling, failed to wain me over. I went in hoping for so much more than I was given, finishing the book feeling rather disappointed. As Old As Time, the Beauty and the Beast retelling, also disappointed me. With Beauty and the Beast being one of my ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This is definitely closer to 3.5 stars for me. But it was a definite improvement on the other novels in the series by Liz Braswell; this one actually contained substance.

The very bare bones on the ending of Mulan is in the story, the rest is original.
It didn’t really succeed with humour but it did with plot.

The underworld itself was incredibly descriptive and explored fully. Everything was just resolved too neatly for me however.
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)

This book was such a fantastic retelling (or alternate retelling?) of what happens after the epic event when Mulan defeats the Huns in the mountains. Instead of Mulan getting wounded by Shan-Yu, Shang takes her place! *Gasps and swoons*. So now, Mulan worries about saving Shang from Death and this leads her to traveling into the Underworld and bargaining with King Yama, the ruler of Diyu.

Action-packed and as empowering and exciting as our beloved Disney movie,
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love me some Mulan, I just finished A Flame In The Mist's sequel and I am now in a mood for all things Mulan..
All right A Twisted Tale, I'll give you this one. It was pretty good.

If you've seen my reviews for the first 3 books in this series, you probably know that I was not a fan. The only reason I decided to continue the series was that I noticed this one was written by a different author and all I can say is Thank you.

Elizabeth Lim's twist on Mulan was a solid retelling. For those of us who have seen the movie, it starts off with the battle against the Huns on the mountain where Shang gets injured. H
Noah Pindak
In this Mulan Retelling, anything is possible. Mulan is as strong as ever. Mushu is as funny as ever. Mulan's quest and affliction on whether she should be pretending to be a man and honor her family is as good as ever. Basically this is a really good novel. Go read this retelling.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Reflection starts off at the battle with the huns on the mountains - we've all seen the movie, you know what part I'm talking about.

Shang gets mortally wounded and is facing deaths door (he ends up in the underworld) and Mulan goes down to rescue him. Cute premise? Yes. Well executed? Ehhhhh.

Maybe I've read / watched too many stories about going to the underworld that I was bored, but this one just didn't do it for me. Maybe it's because Mulan is probably my favourite Disney movie of all time an
Katie Zhao
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just devoured REFLECTION in one sitting and it's already one of my top 2018 reads. I love the story of Mulan soooo much ❤️and getting to see the continuation of her story thru the Chinese Underworld w/ themes of duty, honor, friendship, & family was so incredible. Reading this book was like taking a momentary leap back in time into my childhood, but exploring it in a whole new way! And of course, I will ship Mulan + Shang forever and ever and I'm just so overwhelmed with joy rn 😭❤️ Thank you so ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much these books never disappoint me I always love the book by the end of it. I loved the characters so much especially Mulan,Shang and ShiShi. I loved Mulan for her strength and determination to be the best she can be and save Shang she has her vulnerable sides and just makes her a character you can root for. I loved Shang for many reasons his slowly growing relationship with Mulan and the amount he cares for his soldiers and Mulan. I really liked ShiShi for his want to sav ...more
Estee Hull
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2018
Okay, this book was so much h better than the first three. I don't know why but it really was. I found myself not being able to put the book down, which happens a lot, but not to this extreme. I loved how the story center together to form this new story that could have easily been the movie. Elizabeth Lim put together a story that just from reading about it would not be promising, but I was proved wrong. Very wrong.
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Reflection is a "What if" scenario written by Elizabeth Lim, based on on of my favourite Disney movies: Mulan.

If you have seen the film, you will know the iconic sequence on the mountains, where the Hun army is about to attack Shang's soldiers. Mulan, using her intuition, starts an avalanche, saving their lives and wiping out a huge portion of their enemies. From there, the book digresses away from the film. Shang becomes mortally wounded, nearing death. To save him, Mulan travels to the u
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
a wild ride from start to finish. loved the incorporation of Chinese mythology, and the familiarity of some of the allusions really made it more enjoyable because I could guess certain things based on foreshadowing and then feel the triumph of being right😂😂😂

this book does a combination of paying tribute to the movie and creating something original that explores Mulan's character in greater depth. as the title suggests, it's a journey of self discovery that forces Mulan to confront her own inner
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of them all.

4,5 Stars

I am utterly obseesed with this book, it was soo good. I love the way in which Elizabeth Lim made her story, the plot was so intricately woven and beautiful. The way in which she shaped the characters and how she formed Diyu was amazing. I thinks he captured the true essence of both Mulan and Shang. What I did find sad is that Mushu was not part of her journey, our little travel sized dragon is
Jennie Damron
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The story was captivating and the writing good. The author stayed true to Mulans' story while giving it her own unique spin. My time reading this book was well spent and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves retellings of well known Tales.
Katherine "Kj" Joslin
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-november, own
I was going to give this four stars but it got a little bit long towards the end. I really enjoyed it in the beginning and loved the ending it just dragged a tiny bit in the middle. Love the audiobook version. 3.5
Colleen's Conclusions
I actually bought the hardback copy of Reflection to add it along to my fairy tales books collection. I liked the Beauty and the Beast retelling and the Aladdin retelling but those two books didn't compare to this one.

I liked Elizabeth Lim's style. She gave us the story that we all knew and twisted it into a world that reminded me very much of Hercules, minus the characters from the Hercules movie. Mulan and Hercules were not my favorite Disney movies. I appreciated Mulan when I was a kid, but B
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-magic
This book follows the journey of Mulan as she travels to the underworld and tries to save her friend Shang from dying.

This book picks up around the time the movie left off, and to me it seemed like the author used the movie as an excuse to not provide proficient background nor elaborate on the relationship with Mulan and Shang.
The whole book is based on her trying to save her friend from dying, and because the book didn’t build up on their friendship beforehand it seemed like she was going on a
Intisar Khanani
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
A fun story, and overall an enjoyable read that asks the question: what if it was Shang who was wounded by Shan-Yu and not Mulan? What if Mulan then had to rescue Shang's spirit from the underworld?

This read, published by Disney, clearly keeps every close to the movie in beginning, but when it departs, it departs. I enjoyed Mulan's journey, and her character development. I loved the vision of the underworld, and the new guardian creature we meet. But I was somewhat disappointed in the developme
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
In the Twisted Tales series, we encounter Disney Princess retellings, published BY DISNEY, that ask a question that throws a wrench in the storylines of the original movies. In Reflection specifically, the twisted tale asks the question, “What if Mulan had to travel to the Underworld?”

I have loved Mulan since I first watched it a few years ago (yea I know, I’m late to the party) so having stumbled across this fascinating concept for a retelling, I was immediately compelled to purchase it and div
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 - 3.75

So Fun. This is one of the best "Disney" books I have read. If you are a fan of Mulan or Lim's writing, I would definitely recommend.
Kristen (belles_bookshelves)
"All of life is a dream walking, all of death is a going home."


So I liked this one a lot more than the previous two Twisted Tale novels (Once Upon a Dream and As Old As Time). It's more on par with A Whole New World. I like this one because it's not so much as a twist (as in "what if Jafar found the lamp first?) but a more conclusive 'what if' situation. A different version of how Shang finds out Mulan is a female. I like this version because there's more mythology and adventure, and you get to
Estíbaliz Montero Iniesta
The book was okay, entertaining but somehow I imagined something different. Mulan is my favourite Disney movie ever and I missed more of the essence of the film in the book. Besides, I would have enjoyed it more, I think, if Mushu had been a regular character intead of only appearing a few times. I would also would have like to see a deeper development of Shang and Mulan's relationship as something more than a captain and his soldier, because that's what we don't get in the film. The whole a
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Elizabeth Lim grew up on a hearty staple of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Her passion for storytelling began around age 10, when she started writing fanfics for Sailor Moon, Sweet Valley, and Star Wars, and posted them online to discover, "Wow, people actually read my stuff. And that's kinda cool!" But after one of her teachers told her she had "too much voice" in her essays, Elizabeth took a bre ...more

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