The Book of the Shadow (Samurai Girl Series #2)

The Book of the Shadow (Samurai Girl Series #2)

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by Carrie Asai, Renato Alarcao
     
 

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When I was six months old, I dropped from the sky -- the lone survivor of a deadly Japanese plane crash. The newspapers named me Heaven. I was adopted by a wealthy family in Tokyo, pampered, and protected. For nineteen years, I thought I was lucky.
I'm learning how wrong I was.

THE OLD HEAVEN KOGO DIED WEEKS AGO.

I AM A NEW PERSON --…  See more details below

Overview

When I was six months old, I dropped from the sky -- the lone survivor of a deadly Japanese plane crash. The newspapers named me Heaven. I was adopted by a wealthy family in Tokyo, pampered, and protected. For nineteen years, I thought I was lucky.
I'm learning how wrong I was.

THE OLD HEAVEN KOGO DIED WEEKS AGO.

I AM A NEW PERSON -- TRAINING TO STAY ALIVE. THE PEOPLE I TRUSTED, I NOW FEAR. THE PEOPLE I TRUST NOW, I AM PLACING IN DANGER.
I'M TOLD A GOOD SAMURAI CAN MAKE HERSELF INVISIBLE. AND I WANT TO BE INVISIBLE RIGHT NOW... TO EVERY PERSON EXCEPT ONE.

I AM SAMURAI GIRL.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
This second novel in a series is a fun but simple action-fantasy for girls. Teenaged Japanese rich-girl Heaven Kogo has been raised in a protected environment but is now thrust by circumstance out on her own in the streets of Los Angeles. With unknown enemies pursuing her, she struggles to find a safe place to hide while she discovers the identity of her foes. She studies martial arts with her only friend, Hiro, and quickly discovers that she is a natural fighter. The plot moves swiftly as Heaven discovers her father's evil ways, fights enemies, and rescues potential allies. She discovers that the boy her father wanted her to marry, Teddy Yukemura, is also involved in criminal activity. Gradually, she comes to the realization that she is caught in a power struggle between two influential Japanese crime families, the Kogos and the Yukemuras. Heaven is the pawn they both struggle to control. There is a certain level of silliness in the ease with which this sheltered girl finds employment and a place to live without any legal paperwork, but most young readers will accept the simple solutions presented in the story. Heaven and the other characters are nicely presented and likeable, and the story is competently written, if predictable. Readers will find the conclusion exciting, and the trailer will leave them waiting for the next story with interest if not great eagerness. Overall, it presents a good choice for libraries wanting light fiction for girls featuring strong action heroines and a Japanese/anime flavor. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P M J (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2003, Simon Pulse/S& S, 224p,
— Gillian Wiseman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416503729
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
06/15/2004
Series:
Samurai Girl Series , #2
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
648,208
File size:
588 KB
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

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The Book of the Shadow 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading some of the other reviews herein, I noticed that everyone gave this book 4 or 5 stars. That's so cool, because I think it deserves them. I saw one person said it was 'better than the first one,' and another person said it was 'the best of the six.' I agree with both of you! I think this is the best book - it's just so fun and so fast paced. It doesn't let up for a minute, which makes it very difficult to put down. The whole idea of the invisibility illusion is so cool - I found myself wishing I could do that!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read the whole Samurai Girl series (all six books, which, the way the sixth one ends, you would think there'd be a seventh one) and I enjoyed this one the most. It was the only of the six I read in one sitting, the flow was that good, and the action was that fun. I highly recommend this book! Heaven comes more 'into her own' in this one, and Karen gets kidnapped instead of Heaven - and I'm pretty sure no one reading the book minded that at all. I thought it was very funny and fast-paced.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, this sequel was awsome! I think that Hiro and Heaven should have gotten together, but oh well. And the end... that was really wierd! Can't wait for Samurai Girl #3 : The Book of the Pearl (comes out in September)
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This book was great! But I was so upset when Hiro didn't start dating Heaven! I can't wait for the new books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of the series and the story just keeps getting better..The storyline here becomes more detailed and you really get to see the true emotions of the characters..and it leaves you wanting more!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Samuri Girl, The Book of The Shadows, is a great book, The story is told in all of the charactors points of view. not to give any of the book away, but in the book Heaven the main charactor, has to find out who to live with or to marry, should it be her trainer, or the man who she nows can put her in great danger, The charactors are so real, you connect to them in a srtange but exciting way, if you are the type of person who can connect with a charator you will love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this series' characters. They were all really different, and realistic. I also like how the author made Heaven's background extremely different, she was sheltered, and had to marry who her father wanted her to, like old times or something. I can't wait for the third installment to come out, I have got to find out what happens! It was an extremely entertaining, excellent book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was even better than the first one in the series. This one included more mind-boggling information about what Heaven's family is involved in at all that stuff. It kinda makes you think. It's a mix of love, action, everyday-life sorta thing, and mystery. On the negative side though, is the illustrations are REALLY UGLY in the book. It really messes up your image of the people. It's better if you DON'T look at them. Anyway, another thing is how Heaven likes Hiro (if you read the first book, you would already know). I don't like Hiro anymore. I used to but now it's like BLAH. I'd rather have Heaven like SOMEONE ELSE, but I might give something away if I say his name so I'll just leave it at that. READ THIS BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guys omg these books are great i read all of them and cant wait till the next one comes out they are the best books i ever read! anyway read them all fast!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey. This book is good. I just starting reading this series a couple days ago. I cant wait to read the rest of this series. Email me if you want discuss this book or any other books, etc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked the first one, you'll love the next one! Things get more interesting, and well, i can't tell you what else happens, but you don't want to miss it!