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Samurai Girl: The Book of the Sword

by Carrie Asai

Series: Samurai Girl (1)

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Sole survivor of a plane crash, Heaven is adopted by a wealthy Japanese family and at nineteen is forced to marry the son of her father's business rival. On her wedding day she loses the person she loves most, learns that all she knows about her family is a lie and that she is being hunted and must fight back or die.… (more)
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Read the books, the made for tv version is bad. ( )
  Christine_Mason | Feb 23, 2012 |
Heaven was the sole survivor of a horrific plane crash when she was an infant. One of the richest families in the country, the Kogos, adopted her, and she's been a dutiful daughter ever since. However, when her adoptive father tries to marry her off to a rival family's playboy son, her entire life changes. When her brother is murdered by a mysterious ninja right in front of her, she runs from her adoptive home and begins samurai training. The sharp black and white illustrations don't encourage the eye to linger, and the text does not provide much insight into motivation or character development. The action of the story moves it along, and dramatic elements are present but undeveloped. Overall, an unsatisfying read. Ages 11-15. Recommended for additional purchase. ( )
  mossing | Oct 25, 2011 |
From my librarytart blog: http://librarytart.wordpress.com/2009/02/14/sword-fighting-shopping-and-a-silly-...

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Heaven is famous in Japan after surviving a plane crash at the age of two. Orphaned, she is adopted by a wealthy family and her pampered upbringing ends at 19 when her adopted father forces her to marry for mercantile reasons. On her wedding day, Heaven’s beloved brother is murdered and she flees the scene and her family in a search for justice.

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The first book of the six-novel Samurai Girl series contains all the ingredients of a successful franchise: love, murder, money, shopping, opportunity, revenge, burgeoning sexuality, a kick-arse heroine and a crush-worthy teacher skilled in the arts of the Samurai. The narrative device of Heaven’s perspective interwoven with notes by other characters works nicely.

Heaven’s mixed priorities, such as believing she’s an assassin’s target yet goes shopping for clothes, are frustrating but almost tolerable. She’s likeable when she starts training with Hiro, her only confidante after her brother’s murder, and starts evolving from sheltered teen to stand-alone young woman on a mission to exact revenge against trained ninjas.

However, plots gape with holes and leave the ending with more questions than answers – the book was weighted too heavily towards storylines for the next book in the series rather than satisfying resolution. I did try to borrow the second book for some answers to assuage my curiosity, however, the school holiday crowd had swooped on the entire series and the shelf was bare. It’s the quick and the dead at the library at the moment.

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  mscrankypants | Feb 14, 2009 |
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Sole survivor of a plane crash, Heaven is adopted by a wealthy Japanese family and at nineteen is forced to marry the son of her father's business rival. On her wedding day she loses the person she loves most, learns that all she knows about her family is a lie and that she is being hunted and must fight back or die.

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