Book Sample Review - Reflection (A Twisted Tale) by Elizabeth Lim

8/04/2020

Book Sample Review - Reflection (A Twisted Tale) by Elizabeth Lim

Disclaimer: 

I made this series because I am a beginner at book reviews, (Currently no access to ARC - "Advanced Readers Copy") and I have no way of getting my hands on a lot of books, without spending a ton of money. I mean I do have access to a library app that I am eternally grateful for (Thank you, Libby I love you to death), but there are some items on there that are not available.  

Hence, I made this series where I can get a feel of whether or not I would be tempted to continue reading a book by going ahead in making the next step of purchasing / picking it up, judging it on the three free chapters the authors or publisher has provided on Amazon Kindle. 

My reviews for (1) samples and (2) books that I purchased with my own money are not going to be spoiler-free. I realized that it's very hard for me to make reviews without touching on certain topics, so while I label it on the title as a "Book Review", it would really be more of a "Book Analysis" or "Book Discussion." Viewers discretion on that part. As of now I only have Libby, Prime Reading, Book Bub, and Book Sirens on my utility belt. If I ever plan to do a Book Subscription or sign up for Kindle Unlimited, I will also disclose it to the readers. 

Copies of books that I've acquired through "Books Sirens" will be spoiler-free. That is a part of their policy when giving out free copies directly from the author. In exchange for a free copy of the book, it is strongly recommended that spoilers are not included so that it won't spoil the story or plot for other future readers. I am always going to label it with a hashtag, #BookSirens so you'll know that a particular review will not contain any minor or major spoilers. 

I'm sorry for the long intro, but I need to clear this up in every post. Anyway on to the review!

Rating:✮✮✮✮

Reaction:

I took off one star, just because action-sequence books aren't my favorite. So one star is off only because of personal preference when it comes to the genre not because I dislike the actual product. The minute I laid eyes on the first couple of sentences of this sample, I knew Lim wouldn't disappoint. And it's such a shame that Disney is only letting her work on two books. This and the Cinderella retelling. I looked frantically at the upcoming releases to see if her name is tagged on at the bottom of the book, and I was so sad when her name was nowhere to be found. I'm sorely disappointed that Disney hasn't given her more projects to work on. I'm also very curious to read the full copy of this book because I'm really excited for Mulan to interact with the UnderWorld characters: Hades, Cereberus, Pain, Panic, The Three Fates, and maybe even new characters. Very excited for that overlap. I also like how Lim established the friendship between Shang and Ping when they are traveling to the Emperor's City. It felt very genuine and authentic as I've mentioned before in how Lim handles characters in my "So This Is Love" Review. It feels very natural and you're getting the exact character you see on screen as you do on the page. One thing I can't forget is that scene in the mountains between Mulan and Shan Yu. She does such an amazing job in their inner monologues, it's brilliant. She takes the pauses and silences from the animated film, (where the viewer is left to guess what's in the blank or ignore it), and she fills it up with insightful commentary. I really, really, wish she wrote more of the fairy tales, and I am so sad that Disney Hyperion Publishing Company isn't really recognizing her talent. 





Book Sample Review - Reflection (A Twisted Tale) by Elizabeth Lim

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