Natalie Whipple, sadly, does not have any cool mutations like her characters. Unless you count the ability to watch anime and Korean dramas for hours on end. Or her uncanny knack for sushi consumption. She currently lives in Utah with her husband and three kids. Follow Natalie at betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.co.uk or on Twitter: @nataliewhipple
Relax, I'm a Ninjaby Natalie Whipple
When a killer with a poisoned blade starts cutting down teens, Tosh enlists Amy Sato-newest ninja recruit, and his best friend's crush-and sets out to uncover the killer's identity. What they
A Clan of ninjas in San Francisco may sound improbable-but as the son of a ninja Master, Tosh Ito knows what lurks in the shadows of his city. Or at least he thought he did.
When a killer with a poisoned blade starts cutting down teens, Tosh enlists Amy Sato-newest ninja recruit, and his best friend's crush-and sets out to uncover the killer's identity. What they find is ninjutsu more evil than they could have ever imagined.
As Amy and Tosh grow closer, they discover their connection unleashes a legendary power that could stop the murders. Problem is, that power may be exactly what the killer is looking for, and wielding it could cost them their souls.
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- 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)
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- 1 - 17 Years
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I like how it keeps the ninja thing in the realm of reality and possibility
I really enjoyed this book. I don’t often delve into YA, but I thought this was completely believable and well written. It was a compelling read (I was up late into the night to “get one more chapter” in a few times), and wasn’t so long and tedious that I gave up on it, like I do some fantasy books. The fantasy, while definitely present, wasn’t over-the-top ridiculous – thank goodness! I loved how each chapter really built on the next, and I never had to back track to remember what was going on. The characters were fun and completely reminded me of high school (and the middle school I used to teach in). I knew nothing about ninjas before reading this book and was grateful that I didn’t need to know a lot of ninja technique to be able to enjoy it thoroughly (although it did kind of make me want to visit the local dojo). I’ll definitely be reading more by Natalie Whipple, including the next in the series...
I didn't expect much from the book when I started it, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a funny and interesting story with good characters and a lot of action. It was a very easy and compelling read.
I’d call this one a solid read. I could have done with less training and waiting around bits and more /this-is-not-a-drill/ ninja action on top of the Golden Gate Bridge or something to really get my blood racing, but that was my only real complaint. I like that the story didn’t go for the obvious. (Because, really, wouldn’t we want a ninja book to be sneakier than that?) Plenty of plot points and character revelations caught me by surprise, or veered in a direction I hadn’t predicted. So props to the author for that, and props to Tosh for being pretty much made for his role as narrator, laying down the facts and expressing his inner conflict well, never leaving me feeling disconnected or frustrated with him for being dense/crazy repetitive/otherwise super annoying. As for the romance, it felt startlingly normal. And I do totally mean that in a positive way. Like, there were the flirty parts, the mushy parts, the episodes of drama – not to mention the supernatural element – and none of it was completely over-the-top or ridiculously scripted or felt like, “oh, brother, tell me people in real life wouldn’t behave like this.” And can I just say, in a literary world full of those “oh, brother…” romances, I really appreciated that. So more props to Tosh, Amy, and their author lady. So, hey. If I told you that this book legit ninja-flipped out of my hands when I reached the last page, would you give this book a read? Because I kid you not.
Relax, I'm a Ninja is both hilarious and complicated. I love that Natalie loved this book enough to self-publish it and then blog through the process of what that is really like. It was hugely insightful as a hopeful author and as a reader. Relax is about a clan of ninjas in current day San Francisco. Tosh is the son of a clan leader, and is part of an elite force of ninjas. As people start mysteriously dying around him, Amy is brought into the clan, and everything gets more complicated. For one thing, Tosh's best friend has the hots of Amy, but Amy and Tosh find themselves drawn together by forces out of their control. And, for another thing, it looks like there is another clan of ninjas in the city - but are they the good guys or the bad guys? Relax relies on a strong narrative about ninja culture and training, as well as basically adding the city as another character to the story. Relax is longer than Natalie's other books, and feels a lot bigger in scope and story, as well. There is a lot to love as you explore the culture and customs that make up the ninja clans. I felt like I was getting a lesson in Japanese culture, as well. When Tosh & Amy have to choose whether to fight together or fight being together, the feelings are raw and real. There is a lot to love about this book. I love that the characters are not cookie-cutter characters you see in a book. I love that Natalie writes a strong male character lead. I love that it's set in modern times, but relies on ancient arts and practices. I love that, through the fights and training, it's also a story about falling in love for the first time, choosing your own destiny and learning to stand on your own two feet. It's about parents that are not perfect and asking forgiveness for doing dumb stuff. Oh, and it's about saving lives and choosing to be a part of something bigger than yourself. It's a great, fun read, and it's just the first of a series. Trust Me, I'm a Ninja is out now, as well.
Relax, and enjoy this action packed book! I love this book! I'm not really into the whole "ninja scene" so I was afraid that I wasn't going to enjoy this book. Not a problem, it was such a fun book. It's a great YA book that's nice an clean. I have no worries about passing it along to middle school kiddos. The only problem is it makes me crave sticky rice the whole time I'm reading it! :)
I've been following Natalie's career for a few years now, and I was always quite disappointed that RELAX I'M A NINJA was never picked up by a publishing house. So when Natalie announced that she would be self publishing it, I was very excited. And it lived up to my expectations! The characters feel like teenagers, there's heart and humor and consequences for fights, and ultimately the reveals acknowledge stereotypes while still allowing for tense anticipation. I highly recommend this book!
Based on the description I'm not sure I would have picked this book up if I hadn't read Natalie's other books. I loved this book!! It has amazing characters, love, betrayal and enough plot twists to keep you guessing to the very end. I highly recommend it!!