Just a quick post on this one, as it really is not worth that much of our time. I was asked to read this for work, and I must say this is the only reason I persevered with it.
Adeline Yen Mah wrote this young reader’s novel for two reasons (Iassume):
1) to capitalise on the success of Chinese Cinderella, which really is rather good
2) because it was based upon a story she wrote for her friends as a child
And that is exactly what it reads like – a children’s story written by a child. For this reason, I do not discount that younger readers may like the childish action and adeventure, but as an adult, I found it completely lacking believability.
Give it a miss and stick to the original.