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Throughout the book, I felt like I was being taught ninjutsu as well. It is very obvious throughout the book that Ms Prowse has definitely done her research in ninjutsu. I loved how each chapter started out with a saying about ninjutsu. I found the pacing to be absolutely perfect. It wasn't too fast that I didn't understand what was going on, nor was it too slow where I got bored.

Every chapter held my interest, and I was desperate to know what would happen in the next chapter. The dialogue is very easy to understand especially as this is a YA book. It's not condescending either. I felt it used the right dialogue that would appeal to pre-teens, teens and adults alike. Okay, I have to mention the cover now.

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I love it, and I find it very appealing! The cover definitely matches the story of the book especially with the shadow on the front. I like the fact that the cover is very simple yet beautiful. It's not cluttered like a lot of covers sometimes are. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I believe it appeals to both boys and girls, young and old. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone even if martial arts aren't your thing as there's so much more going on in this book!! Sep 24, Ravencrantz rated it it was amazing Shelves: assassins , arc , beautiful-covers , favorites , e-books.

I try not to add every book to my favorites list. I try to really consider why I liked it so much and why it deserves to be there when others don't. Well, at the end of this book, all I could think was to clap at how much much I loved it. Okay, maybe I'm just using that as an excuse to use a gif. Have I mentioned I figured out how to do that? Because I did. In all seriousness, I really did love this book. I think what I admired most was the use of language.

Prowse managed to slip in a few Japanese I try not to add every book to my favorites list. Prowse managed to slip in a few Japanese phrases, and do so correctly, without sounding like a weeaboo and without confusing the reader. Once a phrase was established, any further use of it was in English. It was explained once, and then we moved on to something more exciting. I was so happy about that. I loved Stormdancer , but what kept it from being in my favorites was the use of language. Prowse managed to sound professional and keep me entertained and I love that. I love ninjas.

Hi! Hattie Jackson here - aka Hattori Hachi!

Always have. Even before my Naruto phase. I've always been fascinated by them and how they deceive people, I've even done a few projects on them for school. Despite my love for ninjas, I'm hesitant to read fiction about them because from my experience, they aren't done so well. I love Hattori Hachi , though, and I am so glad it was done well. The characters were lovable, even the antagonists, scenarios were believable, even though we were talking about children "flying" through trees, and the tiniest bit of romance that, again, is believable for the time line.

So often books will throw two characters together and immediately have them fall in love. Here, it's almost non-existent and the relationship grows at a natural pace. I loved the twists and turns the story took, people deceiving others, riddles left behind, mysteries to be solved, action scenes Can't highlight or make notes, and one way is too small, and one way you don't get the full page A hassle that was worth it with Hattori Hachi.

I'd read them all in this format if it meant I can continue the series. I must find the rest and see where Hattie ends up in her ninja journey. Sep 29, Christina M Condy rated it really liked it Shelves: review-requested , book-challenge. I picked up this book because the bright red cover caught my eye.

And I have to say it definitely meets my expectations in a Young Adult Tween book. This book started out a little odd for me. But that changed so quickly I sat there going okay what the heck happened! But lit I picked up this book because the bright red cover caught my eye. But little does she know her mother is teaching her an important lesson for survival. I have to say this is definitely a seat grabber. But we can almost forget about that since she was unknowingly being trained by her mother from birth. The story itself is NOT predictable and it was an original take on the entire Ninja scene.

In fact is there a ninja scene? Regardless this story is a powerful story of Good versus Evil, a coming of age tale dealing with friendships, family and succeeding by doing your best through all adversaries. This book is perfect for boys or girls ages 9 and up. My son is currently reading it and enjoying it totally. I would recommend this book to anyone in the Tween age up. I plan on reading the next book in the series to see what Hattie gets into next. The free book held no determination on my personal review. Mar 19, Zoe rated it really liked it.

I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. Hattie is a normal fifteen year old girl with a life of annoying parents, best friends, boys and school troubles. That is, until her mum disappears and she is whisked off to a life of - wait for it - a ninja. I love how even though it is about assassins and warriors, a typical teenage girl can relate to this book. I thought that the synopsis sounded interesting and I presumed that it would be a normal thriller with just action, not much else. However, as Hattie is trying to get used to her new life, problems stand it the way that an average girl would experience.

For example, everyone thinks the new boy is so 'nice' and 'normal' but she sees right through him or she thinks she does. People begin to think that she has a crush on him which leads Hattie to even more despair. The author writes with description that isn't very detailed but manages to create a clear image in your head. When reading this, it was like I was there in the scenes, watching the heart-thumping action. One of my favourite things about the Hattori Hachi series is the fabulous quotes I can retrieve from it. If I took part in the Teaser Tuesday meme, I would have to share more than just two!

Here are some: "To deceive the enemy, you must first deceive your own side I loved how the ideas were drawn together but sometimes I just didn't feel like I wanted to carry on. However, I am still interested to read the second book because I would like to know what happens to Hattie next. Thank you so much to the author for sending me this series to review! Oct 02, Hallie rated it really liked it. The first book in the Hattori Hachi series was surprisingly good. I had chosen to read it on a whim since I enjoy books that involve ninjas or samurai, but I was skeptical on how good it would be considering I didn't know if an English writer could pull off a good ninja story.

The stories I have read that involved ninjas have all been written by people with Japanese origins and they were all very excellent books.

I found this book to be almost equal to the book I have read that were written by J The first book in the Hattori Hachi series was surprisingly good. I found this book to be almost equal to the book I have read that were written by Japanese authors. This book gave me a look into the ninja world how it actually was without all the smoke and mirrors that made ninjutsu seem like magic. I saw the characters grow both in mind and body. I enjoyed reading about all the tricks and schemes that they came up with, along with how they solved many puzzles and problems that came their way as their fight with Praying Mantis and the Kataki came to a climax.

There was surprises around ever corner as the book neared this climax and I just had to keep reading. Although it had a great plot and was really good, I found the beginning of the book to be a little confusing at times as the foundation for the story was set as the story went on though it became a lot less confusing. Overall the book was written very well.

In my opinion I feel that this book has a chance to become popular. I feel that this series has the potential to be as good as Rick Riordan's series or Flanagan's "Ranger's Apprentice" series. I feel that if a few changes are made to the way it is written then it will as good as the series listed above.


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I greatly enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I can't wait to see all the tricks and stunts they'll pull in the next book as well as what trouble they'll get into next. Jul 31, The Book Review Library rated it really liked it. I thought this book was interesting and differant when I saw it, I don't think I have seen a ninja book before! It definately looked like a great book. I was right! It was excellent.

Although the idea of the book was unrealistic, it was made more beliveable by setting it in a normal place, with the main character being a normal 15 year old girl. The story was original and not predictable, and apart from eventually meeting the villian, Praying Mantis, I couldn't tell what was going to happen. The book wasn't full of action and excitement to start with, but this didn't make it boring - it was interesting to read about Hattie's ninja training and all the events that happened.

However, at the end it got very fast paced and exciting! I loved how there were explanations for everything odd going on, clearing up everything that might have seemed strange during the book. Parts of this for some reason reminded me of the Power of Five books by Anthony Horowitz - I think it was the 'enemies in disguise slowly taking over the world' bits that came into it sometimes.

I liked how each character was individual - none of them seemed similar and had differant good and bad things about them, which made them seem like real people. Overall I loved this book. It had a great story, plot and an unusual idea! I've just seen there is a second book, I will be definately reading this. Oct 04, Maria Mitchell rated it it was amazing. This book was all kinds of fantastic!

Hattie Jackson is just a typical teenager going through regular problems for a girl her age. Except for the crazy challenges her mother always tests her with. Then her mother disappears and Hattie's world is turned on its end in several ways. She learns that her mother was training her all this time as a ninja and in the art of Ninjutsu.

With the help of a neighbor and an orphan boy she learns the five stages of Ninjutsu. Soon she's almost flying through the This book was all kinds of fantastic! Soon she's almost flying through the air, running up trees, and somersaulting off walls. Hattie learns she is really Hattori Hachi and comes from an ancient fighting family. She is their golden child. The prophesied one. She must fight her unknown enemies and survive to find out if her mother is still alive. Author Jane Prowse creates an engaging and fascinating character in Hattie.

Some truly hilarious and wonderful side characters. And even a hint of romance along the way. Full of action as well as life lessons as Hattie goes through the levels of Ninjutsu. Hattie must look within herself and find the strength to pass all 5 levels of Ninjutsu before it is too late because her enemies are lurking alot closer than she thinks. Sep 13, LAWonder10 rated it it was amazing. Although it seemed slightly confusing in setting the foundation, it continued to escalate until the very end. The Hattori name was accompanied by a great legacy.

Upon the sudden disappearance of Her mother, Hatti discovers she is a key part of this legacy. Will she be able to find he mother before it is too late? These are only a couple of questions she must strive to answer as many new characters abound. Who can she trust? Which Although it seemed slightly confusing in setting the foundation, it continued to escalate until the very end. Which are there to deceive her? There is so much she has to learn that a fourteen year old should not have to deal with. Many events follow which tries her mental and physical stamina to the limit.

What a great story for adults though written for young adults. There is plenty of action, suspense and drama. Aug 28, Jasmeen rated it it was amazing Shelves: first-reads-winner. I won this book at Goodreads. At first I didn't know what to expect, so my expectations were pretty low, but when I finished the book, I absolutely loved it. I loved the characters, and especially Mad Dog he had a very humorous nickname, plus he was the kind of person you actually have to get to know before judging them. The variety of surprises in this book were wonderful, and kept me wanting to continue on reading more.

One thing that I had s I won this book at Goodreads. One thing that I had some problems with was the relationship between Mad Dog and Hattori. In my opinion, the story lacked some details about their relationship. To me, it felt like them being together was kind of pushed towards the end and not really shown through the rest of the book. Other than this, I loved this book, and I am very excited to read the rest of the series.

Sep 14, Moira rated it it was amazing. I read this as a favour to a friend - it's certainly not something I would normally pick up, especially since it's for 10 years and upwards But it actually turned out to be one of the most entertaining books I've read in a long while.

Hattori Hachi: The Revenge of Praying Mantis

You have to suspend disbelief almost from the outset from about paragraph 10 of Charpter 1, to be precise As befits a book for younger readers, Jane Prowse doesn't drag her feet with the plot and it gallops along at a very snappy pace before an ending that leaves us happily poised for Book Two. Thoroughly recommended. Sep 15, Yeshma rated it it was amazing. This book was a real marvel to read. Was captivated by the suspense element and thrill of this story. This is not only about the ninjas; i loved the way the issue of underprivileged children was approached in this story together with the way hattie and her friends kept their cover perfectly as a normal people in This book was a real marvel to read.

This is not only about the ninjas; i loved the way the issue of underprivileged children was approached in this story together with the way hattie and her friends kept their cover perfectly as a normal people in every possible situation. Sep 16, Orinthia Lee rated it really liked it Shelves: ebook , recommended , children , japan-lit. The story is really nice, I was enjoying this so much!

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I hope I could review it nicely with my not-really-good English. Having a ninja mum is awesome and Hattie is very lucky. I love how the story go Hattie's adventure begin after her mother dissapeared, she got to use all her practice experience in real situation, facing her destiny as a Ninja to save her mother with the help from Yazuki oh, she is real good! I found Mad Dog so The story is really nice, I was enjoying this so much! I found Mad Dog so cute reacting to Bushi and Akira, two smart rats. I can't wait to read the second book, Jane!

Oct 04, Lourdes rated it really liked it. These days I find myself reading different genres more, and although this is definitely a YA book you shouldn't let that stop you from reading it. It's well written and the characters and their adventure made this a fun, quick, and easy read. Hattie's martial arts training and fighting techniques does bring back memories of Saturday afternoon-dubbed kungfu movies from decades ago climbing walls and all and even reminded me of the original karate kid movie.

I'm already sharing this with 3 kids These days I find myself reading different genres more, and although this is definitely a YA book you shouldn't let that stop you from reading it. I'm already sharing this with 3 kids I know. I heard the next book is as good as this one. My advice is to buy this book now!

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Thouroughly enjoyable read. Tremendous use of foreshadowing makes the story unpredictable. Hattie Jackson is a 15 year old girl of mixed race. Her father is British and her mother is Japanese. This "coming of age with a twist" story tells the story of Hatti and her mom training in martial arts. Her mother disapears and is feared dead. Hattie refuses to believe her mother is gone and with the help of her mysterious but kindly neighbor Yakuzi trains to face the forces that have her Mum.

A wonderfu Thouroughly enjoyable read. A wonderfully told story. My son will be reading the e copy that I have and i know he will enjoy it. Aug 13, Annemieke rated it it was amazing Shelves: first-reads , giveaways , favorites , martial-arts-asia-culture. Especially for people performing or performed martial arts like myself. This book is a reminder why we do what we do namely: for the sake of the good! I am really curious about book 2 and 3 and want to thank the author for sending me this e-book for reading and reviewing as a giveaway!

Sep 11, Alice Clothier rated it it was amazing. This was an amazing book! I couldn't put it down! Hachi is such an easy character to relate to, it felt like I was fighting ninjas along side her! All the twists and turns in this book make it impossible to stop reading it cause you just want to know what's going to happen next! I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, no matter how old they are! And I really can't wait to read what happens next!

Jul 26, Bev rated it it was amazing. This is the first of the Hattori Hachi books and tells the story of Hatti who thinks she is just an ordinary mixed race teenager. During this book she discovers that she is in fact descended from a very important family and has an unusual destiny to fill. I really enjoyed this book, it's full of action with a little bit of romance thrown in, the strong main female character is wonderful.

Would be enjoyed by both girls and boys but particularly good for girls not into 'pink fluffy' books! As I followed along Hattie Jackson's training, I kept hoping it was not too late for her to learn enough to defeat the army of evil ninjutsu warriors. Reading this story made me look out my window for shadows moving in the night and thinking of what would be my animal spirit and how it could assist her and Mad Dog in founding out what happened to her mother?

Looking forward to the ending of this book and other adventures of Hattie Jackson and friends. It is easy to read and understand. As I began reading the book, I did not want to let it go. But, because of the tight schedule I had then, I simply resigned to reading it in bits. I cannot wait to read the other books in the series! Oct 14, Aloha Gay rated it it was amazing. The Revenge of Praying Mantis is undoubtedly a good book for young adults, but I bet many adults could not resist its cute story too : I am amazed how a non-Japanese author could narrate the fight scenes so well.

Kudos to Jane! Expecting a film from this, surely kids would love it! The last book will only get published if we pledge to buy it!


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We need to know what happens! Oct 03, Becky rated it it was amazing.