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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 ninA 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 both their souls....

Title : Relax, I'm a Ninja
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ISBN : 18467531
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Number of Pages : 466 Pages
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Relax, I'm a Ninja Reviews

  • Steph Sinclair
    2019-04-25 21:49

    Best title ever.

  • Neil (or bleed)
    2019-05-03 20:32

    If you think this book has Naruto-like ninjutsus, taijutsus, genjutsus, etc., sorry it hasn't and probably will disappoint you (which was I actually quite felt). But if you are okay with typical or common ninja moves, there will be a chance that you will like it.Actually, I liked the book even my expectations weren't met because there are elements and issues-- family issues, friendship, lies and secrets, betrayal-- that I liked which gave added spices to the story. The ninjas involved have the speed, the strength and the characteristics of a real ninja but I'm really looking for some extraordinary technique. Nonetheless, I think there is one that involves the word "kami" and chants which is still quite vague for me what it really means. The action, however, is just okay for me since it just includes fistfight and swordfight.The characters aren't the best but they aren't annoying also. I enjoyed how they grew as the story went on. The main plot, preventing the Akuma and the evil ninja clan for their dark plans, was quite interesting and the flow of the story isn't confusing. But there are events that bored me. Of course, there is romance which is an integral part of the story. It has been explained why it is important so I didn't find that insta-love irritating because it made sense.So as a whole, it's a thumbs up.*drops smoke bomb**goes away*

  • Sara Raasch
    2019-05-04 21:00

    This book. THIS BOOK. It is like a fine wine -- it only gets better with age.I first read NINJA about four-five years ago. At the time, I was working on a YA fantasy about pirates, and the ninja/pirate dichotomy was fabulously tempting. I was quite certain that my pirates could take Natalie's ninjas, but after reading NINJA, I was forced to concede defeat. Her ninjas are too awesome for words and they can--they WILL--whoop your ass.Now, years later, I am tickled silly that NINJA is even more awesome than it was way back when. Tosh and Amy are tots adorbs, but their relationship is mere icing on the delectable cake of badassery and fighting that is this book. Swords and shuriken and sai, poisons and shadows and murders, evil ninjas and not-quite-as-evil ninjas and, of course, FOOD, as described in the mouthwatering way Natalie does so well. This book is itself a ninja--before you know it, you're hopelessly wrapped up in its clutches.

  • Amanda Sun
    2019-05-14 22:33

    A fun and exciting melee of romance, roundhouse kicks and espionage that will keep you guessing until the end.

  • Amy
    2019-04-21 21:43

    This book is very different than what I usually read. I loved it! Kickass characters, betrayal, intrigue, romance and twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end.

  • Taffy
    2019-05-11 17:32

    Opening line:"All I wanted was sleep, but my stomach groaned until I couldn’t take it anymore."Awesome, fun story about teen ninjas and how they kick butt and still have time to kiss and go to high school dances. I was drawn into the story right from the beginning! I never felt lost with all the karate, ninja talk or fight scenes. It was a unique story that I had to keep reading.

  • Lindsay
    2019-04-21 18:42

    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 both their souls.Relax, I'm a Ninja is exciting, mysterious, and dangerous. It's a tense exploration of truth and lies, trust and secrets, good and evil, and the power to fight back.What stands out for me with Tosh is his voice. It's filled with knowledge in terms of what it is to be a ninja, to train as a ninja, to keep quiet, to hide in a crowd. To appear as if you don't have any secrets to hide. It's also filled with the self-assuredness, awkwardness, and attitude that is being a teenager. Hanging out with friends, raiding in D&D, playing games online. Butting heads with the school jock or uptight cheerleader. Trying to figure out if a girl likes you or not, or if you like her.I enjoyed this different look into ninjas, into the culture and the secrecy, the physicality and the training. It's not always all black clothes, throwing stars, and deadly poisons. Sure, those are present, but it's more than that. It's the day-in day-out of training that comes across in Tosh's tone of voice, in his habits and ways of thinking and observing. It's the acknowledgement that, yes, they're ninjas, but that doesn't mean they're on the side of good, that the lines are rather blurred. Except, in this case, when it comes to killing innocent people.A life spent hiding, surrounded by secrets and deception, always watching. I imagine that kind of life would get rather lonely. Tosh isn't alone, though. He has his parents, his friends, the Clan, but it's still the life of a ninja. Hiding in plain sight, watching your every move so you don't give away the truth about yourself.I will admit that I cringed during a scene that centered on how catty teenage girls can get, but other than that I found this book different and exciting. It's fast-paced with an interesting and new voice carrying the story. I certainly would recommend this to anyone looking for a book that's a little different, a lot quirky, full of adventure, and the odd ninja or two. Or ten.

  • Burn
    2019-04-30 23:47

    Well, when I saw the title, I was like "Whoa! Seriously, ninja". I was really excited about this books hoping that it would certainly feature the best things about ninja. Then after reading, I was disappointed that the plot had concentrated about Tosh and Amy's relationship. The action or fighting scenes were disappointing. They weren't the fights of ninjas. Just some karate moves. However, this book also was quite entertaining (despite being not interesting enough, except for the amazing title).

  • Skye (Skye's Scribblings)
    2019-04-24 18:56

    Natalie is officially tied with Gail Carriger as my favorite author. If she writes it, I will love it. And this story, which incorporates her easy writing and fun storytelling with my other love, Japan, might as well have been Natalie writing a book just for me. Read my reviewhere .Am planning a ninja sneak attack to snag a copy as soon as possible. Who's with me?

  • Jenn
    2019-05-05 20:53

    This book was absolutely amazing. It has been on my to-read list for forever and I was so excited to finally have a chance to snag a copy for myself! In need of a break from studying I decided to take up a chapter or two. To my delight I sat on my couch for five hours straight until I finished it in all of its awesome glory! I was so enraptured by the plotline and underlying themes that my clutch on the novel never lessened. Thank you Natalie Whipple!

  • Kami
    2019-04-21 22:32

    - I bought this when it came out, and it took me forever to get around to it. - Sadly, I was really disappointed with this one. It really bummed me out because I have enjoyed other books from this author. - The story starts out good, but the romance quickly takes over. It becomes so central to the story that when Tosh and Amy kiss, they are granted special powers. Ugh!- I really struggled to finish this. I wanted more action and cool Ninja missions and stuff.

  • Sugar
    2019-04-19 18:01

    Review:It’s no secret that I try to take on each and every Japanese themed YA, a task, unfortunately, at where I fail miserably most of the time due to my already humongous TBR pile. Anyway, I managed to squeeze in this lovely piece of title genius: Relax, I’m a Ninja – I mean, how can you not read this? The title alone is hilarious!The content, however, I had some issues with. The idea in general is nothing new: boy from a long line of ninjas trained by badass dad must, firstly, pretend to be weak and nerdy, and second, fight against mysterious evil ninja with the help of some kickass girls (friends?) and some guys as well. Along the way family secrets are discovered, love is found and secret identities are uncovered. Nothing overly original, but it’s the details that make it more unique.There is a strong emphasis on love and the connection it forms, but in a soul mate kind of way. It was an interesting take and direction, because you wouldn’t really expect much on the emotional and human relationships side from a seemingly action and adventure orientated story. And I also have to admit the story was quite unpredictable regarding the romantic connection in the beginning, I couldn’t predict who the main interest was going to be. BUT, oh my god, once it was clear I got so annoyed due to excessive crazy obsessive jealousy by one of the characters. I just wanted to knock some sense into that person, it was rude, petty and clearly unhealthy behavior – I really dislike unjustified jealousy and in that case and based on that relationship, it was totally uncalled for. What a wacko!In general, this book turned out to be more girl-orientated than I thought, which made me pleasantly surprised since I thought the target audience was more to the side of boys. I can’t complain though, I liked how it was balanced. What I was hoping for more was, however, humor – I would have liked to see a dash extra.The pace was fast and there was constant action, yet the story still managed to find enough time for character development and relationships, almost all in connection with the hero were at some point more deeply explored. Nevertheless, the actions of some characters were somewhat unrealistic, childish and naive, including our hero’s. Certain people were made to be utterly dislikeable really easily then redeemed, conclusions were drawn too fast and as usual, if people actually sit and talk things out, most dangerous situations and misunderstandings might not happen and people wouldn’t just assume instead of knowing for certain. As is usually accustomed to me, I loved the Japanese aspect and mythology of it, I’ve never come across anything similar to it in YA, so the concept was fresh and exciting. Also, this didn’t take place in Japan, so this was new territory for me as well, the books with this theme usually are situated in Japan or at least are for the majority of the story.From the characters, Courtney was definitely my favorite, she could fight, had attitude and didn’t let herself get walked over by the hero so easily. Marty was cute in a dory was as well.Overall:A surprisingly fun and action-packed book for both boys and girls. The characters were at times a con for me, but the plot and ongoings won’t let you get sidetracked by the faults so easily. An enjoyable adventure with lots of romance.

  • Laura
    2019-05-05 19:39

    Lo mejor de ir a ferias del libro es que, cada tanto, se pueden encontrar tesoros escondidos, enterradors en mesas de saldos. Lo peor es que no hay suficientes ferias del libro, y aunque las hubiese, mi bolsillo no aguantaría. En estos casos, la creatividad es la mejor aliada. El no tener un Kindle o similares no me va a privar de leer en formato digital, no señor. Y, entre los títulos que me encontré, este fue uno de los que más me ha gustado.El protagonista, Toshiro (Tosh) Ito, vive una doble vida: para la sociedad es un muchacho normal, algo friki, que le gusta jugara Calabozos y Dragones con sus amigos. Un simple hijo de un dueño de dojo, con un par de intereses amorosos que no parecen prestarle atención... o no la que él quisiera. Y, bajo su máscara, es miembro de un clan de ninjas especializados en sabotaje. Cree que sabe sobre el mundo en el que se mueve, pero el casi asesinato de uno de sus amigos le mostrará que no es así.Los personajes evolucionan, cambian, cometen errores y aciertos. Lo que en principio parecía inexplicable, o tener un motivo muy simple, posee raíces más profundas de las que se dejan ver. Los protagonistas, por más perfectos que parezcan al principio, no dejan de ser adolescentes, y de actuar como tales.Pese a saber que se trataba de una historia de ninjas, y que se especializan en no ser notados (como los extras de una película), me ha sorprendido descubrir sus profundidades. Tanto las personas que no están metidas en el mundo de los clanes como aquéllas que sí lo están, son más de lo que se ven a simple vista. Y si bien no es así en todos los casos, es algo presente en la mayoría.La historia es una mezcla de la vida de un adolescente, con amistades y aspiraciones amorosas, con un mundo secreto. La autora echa por tierra algunos de los conceptos preconcebidos sobre los ninjas, lo cual es un punto a su favor. Quizás el elemento fantástico no terminó de convencerme, lo cual no quiere decir que no le guste a otras personas con distintas creencias. Y, cuando el peligro se hace realmente evidente, cuando el cerco empieza a estrecharse y los secretos salen a la luz... Entras en esa fase donde el libro es todo lo que importa, y el que sean las dos de la mañana y tengas que levantarte temprano no sean relevantes.

  • Maria
    2019-05-02 17:55

    Relax, I am Ninja is one of the best books I've read all summer! It's so bittersweet to see it end and I want a sequel just to hear more about my favorite characters; Tosh and Amy (swoon from the sweetness! I command you!) It was just so sweet and cute, innocent almost. There was something so heart warming and vibrant to watch them grow and come together in the middle of all out ninja war! (oohhooohhh). Tosh, was so nerdy in not-nerdy way because he was so himself. He was aware of how his secret ninja life was real and altered his thinking in every way, keeping his identity a secret and avoiding exposure of his clan and his (totally butt kicking skills!) in karate look "normal" but it hurt to see how he couldn't tell anyone. He accepted it and all but still sucked to see himself on the outside of what should have been his normal life; D&D, video games and pinning over girls who would never look twice at him. But Amy (his-best-friend's-crush) is asked to join his secret ninja clan! What? Why? While their under the secret ninja war? But secrets are everywhere. And as she learns the truth behind the karate school, something stirs between them. How sweet was it to know Amy was flirting with him? Super sweet! Because Tosh fought his heart and mind over how to accept his feelings for Amy, knowing it was dangerous because of their ninja status and his best friend, more importantly admitting it was more than attraction (we learn why later, heehee). It was instant and cute, in such a sort-normal-way. I loved Amy for her feistiness, beauty, ability to fight and (finally) admitting she liked Tosh, even though his mysterious attitude and secret ninja life had kept them in the friend zone, it blew up like fireworks (eeekkk!). What I never saw coming... Tosh's dad being one of the good guys while being a bad guy?! His mother also being a ninja?!! Eddie asking Tosh to break up with Amy?!!! The cheerleader being a ninja?!!!! And...That same cheerleader kissing Tosh and (almost basically) ruining his relationship with Amy??!!!!!! WHAT?! All in all, amazing for action and romance at a perfect level. It wasn't all about ninjas or too much about their relationship but enough on everything that I didn't caught in one paragraph, I loved it all!

  • Eric Brown
    2019-04-29 22:33

    Relax,I'm a Ninja is action packed and mystery novel about a teenager who lives in California who is secretly a ninja. But when a mysterious ninja goes around killing random people the teenage ninja has to go into action and figure out who that ninja is working for and why is he killing random people. But he can't do this alone; therefore,he will need the help of his dad and his ninja friends to figure out what's really going on. They figure out that the ninja works for a ancient ninja clan who wants to eradicate all the weaklings and let the strong prosper. Now they have to stop them from killing innocent people and do away with their clan. Before you start reading this book, I want to let you in on a couple of things. The author loves to keep you in suspense so that you get addicted to the book and make you want to turn the page. There are a couple of plot twist in the story but it still turns out to tie all back in to the main topic. The most exciting part of the book is that it has a perfect mixer of action, mystery, loyalty and hummer. The book starts off as a a couple of friends being loyal to each other because they like the same girl, then in the middle the mystery comes and takes over and then we end it off with some action pact karate. The book also does well in character description. It makes you feel like you know the characters personally. From the start the author gives you a on point description of our infamous main character Sato. They make you feel like your about to go to school with this guy,LITERALLY. There are no problems with this book what so ever and should be given a prize right now. This book was a joy to read and I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I would highly recommend this book Relax,I'm a Ninja. It is a perfect combination of action, mystery, loyalty and hummer. If you enjoy watching movies like Ninja Assassination or Bruce Lee movies this is the book for you. This book keep me on the edge of my seat wanting to turn the page every single time. I am sure that the next book in the series will be even better than this on. I am really looking forward to it.

  • Jah-Mir Watson
    2019-05-01 19:40

    Relax, I'm A Ninja by Natalie Whipple is an action/adventure book. The book is about a teenage boy named Toshiro Ito, and with his dad Ken Ito his is training to become a great ninja. His friends Todd, Marty, Stu, Eddie, Amy are there to help him and make sure he's safe even though he don't need it. He is already a good ninja. But something happens there is a dark force that comes over there city. A forbidding fighting style is being used to hurt people and they are trying to attack everyone in the clan. Toshiro and the whole clan is in trouble because someone is using a forbidding style and weapon. There are some things I like and dislike about the book. One thing like about the book is that it goes into the plot easy and not rushing to the action. I also like it show you what happen back in the beginning and how they start from being weak and they train to be better. I also like how they build the drama into the action then finally into the conclusion where every thing is normal. There are some things I don't like about the book. For example one thing I don't like about the book is that the language they use in the book. I don't understand most of the stuff they say in Japanese I don't understand. Another thing I didn't like about the book is that it didn't tell how the fight started between the clans. Finally, the one important thing I didn't like about the book is that was part of the plot. For example I didn't like how they had only one problem and then forgot about it until something happens. For people that like ninja movies and action base books I would recommend this book. Overall this book is fun to read and you won't be able to put it down. You will get into the action scenes and get a liken to the main characters. If what you read in my description helps you about this book in my opinion I would recommend this book or everyone. If this has another book I would definitely read it.

  • Emily
    2019-05-04 16:41

    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.

  • Misty
    2019-04-23 16:34

    I have to admit, the title of this one totally got me. It was like, you had me at ninja. Because c'mon. That said, I probably had some kind of expectation going into this book, but I still have no idea what it was. I will just say I loved the experience of reading this one and was grinning a lot because of the cuteness. I read this during my breaks at work and whenever I could steal some time at home, so it definitely kept me coming back.I liked Tosh. I liked Amy. I liked them together. Those are basically the only qualities a book has to have for me to like it. Well, that's not true, but you get the idea. Character critiques. Tosh seemed to be written by a girl for girls, if that makes sense. I won't say his character was girly, but half the time I was smiling into my kindle, I knew it was because this book was written from a female perspective. Tosh constantly telling me all his feelings made Amy feel a little less like the girl. I totally don't mean that how it sounds, I'm just not sure how to describe it. Like maybe I was getting the story through Amy's eyes, and their names were just reversed... It took me out of the book sometimes, but it worked for me--I was amused and entertained--so all good. I wasn't crazy about Tosh's parents, but I don't think I was supposed to be. I think I was supposed to feel like Tosh and Amy were alone in this ninja thing together. Their friends were great, and I liked how Amy and Tosh dealt with the unrequited love issue, just like teens do--not ignoring it, feeling bad about it, but not really knowing how to handle it, and definitely not going to step back because of it. Very realistic and a part of the story that really added depth to the other characters for me.Plot. It was good. All in all, it was a fun, enjoyable read.

  • Aida
    2019-05-20 20:02

    This book was so much fun! I had never read about ninjas before and I thought it was so refreshing. Usually ninjas are supposed to be the bad guys when they appear in stories, and in fact Tosh, the main character, doesn't hide that they are mostly hired to do some shady jobs like blakcmail, thief and stuff like that. However, it was very easy to overlook that aspect of the story. They just have an atypical job. And if regular ninjas weren't enough we also get some paranormal stuff, romance, mystery, murder and fights. And lots of twists, although I have to say that I figured out a couple of them before they happened. I also have some suspicions about some things that I think could happen in the next books and I can't wait to see if I'm right.I like when the secondary characters are interesting and that was the case in this book. Although I kept mixing up Tosh's and Amy's friends I think this was because I read the novel in two sittings. I really liked Courtney, Marty and Tosh's dad. As regards the two main characters, Tosh and Amy, I thought they were so cute and even though their relationship is special -in a certain way that I won't describe because I would spoil an important part of the book- I liked that they weren't clingy all the time. They challlenged each other, they had fun and also serious conversations when they needed to. And also, they weren't perfect teenagers that never mess up. They do mess up and then they deal with it as best as they can. I jusy wish that we get Amy's POV along with Tosh's in the second book, because I really would like to see how she thinks.

  • Danielle Shipley
    2019-04-30 19:34

    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.

  • Forrest Williams
    2019-05-12 22:38

    Relax I'm Ninja by Natalie Whipple is about a teenage ninja that's in his father's ninja clan.It's set in San Francisco.In the beginning of the story his friend almost dies from a ninja,who attacked him.So Tosh,the teenage ninja,got to play the role of a nerdy Asian.But then he thinks his crush has something to do with it.Also,he had to recruit his friend's crush.He thought that is was a bad idea.But so far its a good idea for their ninja clan. There was a lot of things i liked about the book.One thing i liked about the story is the setting.It's like everything revolve around the setting.Also another thing i like about the book is the small conflicts.In the story the ninja clan revolves around San Fran.Also one small conflict is when he had to tell his best friend's crush that his dad wants to put her in their clan.Also another conflict is when another one of his best friends was attacked.It was not one thing that i disliked. I believe that this book is for teenagers who like to read about action.Also for someone who like more than one conflict.Also for people who likes a little bit of mystery.Also who likes a little bit of thriller.This book had attracted me.Just the book cover can attract young minds.Also the summary on the back of the book is amusing.The whole book its self is appealing.

  • Laura Maisano
    2019-04-27 18:56

    Relax, I'm a Ninja follows the story of Tosh Ito, your regular run-of-the-mill nerdy high schooler, who happens to be a ninja. Oh, and his father is the clan master ta boot. He works hard to maintain his cover as a D&D playing geek so no one will ever know he actually kicks major booty. Ninja also has a really engaging love story that's very believable. Tosh tries hard not to have a crush on his best friend's crush, but love wants what it wants, and the inevitable happens. The D&D play-by-play of the angry dungeon master taking it out on Tosh was priceless.The best thing about Ninja, is that it reads just like an anime. If you're not aware based on the eclectic nature of my blog, I have a love of anime. Even my own writing has been influenced by a couple of my favorite manga authors, Yu Watase (Fushigi Yuugi) and Nobuhiro Watsuki (Rurouni Kenshin).The story has action, a little mystery, and a main character who is so utterly teenage boy that I wanna squish him all up. If you like Asian culture, gaming, and fun, I think you'll have a great time tearing through this book.

  • Petya
    2019-04-30 20:47

    It was entertaining to say the least. My favorite thing about this book is all the ninja talk and the terms and stuff. I do martial arts too so that was cool to see another type of martial art. However, the writing wasn't one of the best. There were some things that happened too fast or weren't explained and the plot felt undeveloped. Everyone turned out to be a ninja in disguise or somehow connected to them. I felt like I was seeing a Disney or Nickelodeon tv show. Sometimes the characters just did absolutelly stupid things like when Amy and Tosh were still secretly dating and them and their friends went to that ball and Amy kissed him. They were in front of their dates, friends and all the people that knew them. Not to think that they blew their covers so many times that it was no wonder that the bad guys found out who they were and where they lived.The whole thing about the soul mates was really cliche and hackneyed.Overall, I liked it but there were some things that bugged me so much that I sometimes laughed at the stupidity.

  • Tea
    2019-05-08 23:39

    A Good Teen Read, All In AllNatalie Whipple has written an engaging story full of intrigue, adventure and excitement,all presented in a surprisingly good semblance of a teenaged boy's voice. From the bad decisions that induce cringing hindsight to the boundary pushing that usually comes with approaching adulthood, her Toshiro rang true in so many ways, I found myself smiling at moments where another kid might have made me clench my teeth.There were times when I got frustrated with the descriptions of Toshiro's mom and dad; pretty much believing in Asian-parent stereotypes so much that he failed to see that his parents were keeping major secrets from him, but I was glad to see that they really weren't as he first presented them.Whipple did a better-than-usual job of covering her tracks. Lots of authors don't bother with making the nonsensical make sense; for the most part, Whipple gives readers a reason for everything.

  • Adeline
    2019-05-10 22:46

    It was such a fun and quick read and so different from what I have ever read. First, it is in first person narrative from the perspective of a teenage boy which you don't get to see that often. The plot is very well structured with a beginning and an end, so much so that it could easily be a standalone. A movie adaptation would be great for all the fighting scenes though. It made me want to actually exercise to become as fit and swift as a ninja but I don't feel like it will happen anytime soon... we'll see. The characters are really well thought, though I would have liked to know a bit more about Amy's parents and why they are as distant with her, but I'll guess we will see this in the second book... They look kind of suspicious to me... we'll see. Anyway, I am looking forward to pick up Trust me I'm a ninja, hoping it will be as fun and epic as this one!

  • Nina
    2019-04-23 18:02

    I liked this book and I had tons of fun with it, but at the same time it was a bit too teenagery to the point of being just silly. Especially romance wise.I kinda found the drama to be a bit too silly and awkward sometimes. Even though I understand teen romances and know how overwhelming they can be, I still felt like there was just way too much silly drama going on. I thought that the relationship between Tosh and Amy started of very cute and sweet but half way through the novel it kinda lost me. But hey, I still liked them as characters so it's fine.Relax, I'm A Ninja was a fun read. I got my ninjas and action and funny characters, and the storyline was solid and exciting. Over all I really enjoyed this book and I'm definitely willing to read the sequel.3 stars.

  • Tracy Banghart
    2019-05-20 21:55

    From the awesome title to the very last page, this book kept me hooked. I haven't read a book with a male protagonist in a while and thought Natalie totally nailed Tosh's voice. I loved the slow build of the paranormal element and how Tosh's parents were integral to the story. I loved how the real-world issues - liking your best friend's crush, navigating high school cliques - were addressed realistically and yet also woven into the more fantastical plot points. Amy was a great character too - in fact, the book was full of interesting, strong female characters. Really, I have nothing but good things to say about RELAX, I'M A NINJA. This is the first book I've read by Natalie Whipple and it absolutely won't be the last. Love the writing style, love the ninjas, love the characters. Just....love!!This book has inspired me to buy the rest of Natalie's books!

  • Jordan
    2019-05-05 18:47

    A very fun book with a dark undertone. I didn't really feel like this was a book about Ninja's primarily because there was very little stealth involved and all their training was in combat, it was more like teenagers learning karate who discover something more. Thats not to say I didn't like it the characters were well done, I enjoyed the dialogue and Tosh and Amy's relationship built up so very nice, skillfully changing from Antagonistic to a deep love. It was really entertaining and I read within a day so I'm looking forward to seeing how Natalie Whipple continues this series as I think it might be a hard book to top.

  • ♠ Tabi ♠
    2019-05-05 18:38

    This is a fun, fast-paced story about modern-day ninjas. It's got all the kicks: martial arts, intriguing villains (I need to know more about them), some light, sweet romance, and packed full of that kung-fu movie action feel. I loved it, and while I would have wanted some more exploration of the modern-ninja concept and the plot felt the teensiest bit shallow (I still don't get the whole Amy-being-Eddie's-crush-therefore-untouchable-forever thing and why it was there beyond mere petty drama), it was still an awesome read and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on that sequel. Kudos go to that title: it's perfect and the reason I wanted to read this book

  • Cortney Pearson
    2019-04-26 18:46

    This book was just plain fun. An intro into a world I really knew nothing about--that of ninjas and martial arts. I was hooked from the second I read the title--in fact, the title made me laugh, making me instantly want to read it! Tosh is so down to earth, very likeable. And his attraction to Amy grows so well--I love the feeling of "first love," of wondering whether a person likes you or not and the excitement at finding out they do, and the author captured that feeling perfectly! Lots of great mystery, good kisses, an all around great read!