*2.5 stars

I really enjoyed that this book is set in old Japan and that there are Japanese terms used. Also the concept of this book was a great promise. Mulan is my favorite Disney Princess, so I was really excited when I heard that there would be elements of it in this book. But it didn’t make sense to me, why she made the decision to pose as a guy.
In the book we are told multiple time that our main character Mariko is an odd girl, but that isn’t really shown throughout the book, we are told by things she has done and that it is a fact that she is odd. But while reading I wasn’t getting the odd vibe from her, other than her decision to pose as a guy. So I didn’t really connect with the main character, I felt indifferent about her.
A thing which I really didn’t get and what really unnecessary was in my opinion was the romance. Why did there have to be romance in this book? It didn’t add anything special to it in my opinion and it didn’t make sense at all.