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Book Review – Elemental Ninjas by Mon D. Rea


Elemental Ninjas by Mon D. Rea takes us to a new world of ninjas. This book is like a combination of the all-time favorite anime Naruto and the cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender. It follows the adventure of Sakura, Temujin and Sasha in retrieving the stolen Belshazzar’s Scroll, an ancient relic that grants its possessor the divine right to rule over all the clans. Recommended to all fantasy lovers.


Elemental Ninjas by Mon D. Rea | Blushing GeekElemental Ninjas by Mon D. Rea
Series:
Elemental Ninjas, #1
Published
December 4th 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
231 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Review Request (I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Fight for Love. Fight for Destiny.

Born into warring clans, wind ninja Sakura and fire ninja Temujin walk paths that couldn’t be farther apart. But their separate worlds are thrown into chaos by the theft of Belshazzar’s Scroll, an ancient relic that grants its possessor the divine right to rule over all the clans. To bring back peace to their lands, they must learn to fight together against a new breed of mystical half-human, half-demon warriors.

As though proof that a blade of love can grow even in the harshest places, Temujin can’t help falling for Sakura. A ninja from the ice clan, Sasha, becomes his rival and seems to be a more suitable match for the beautiful wind ninja. Now, Sakura, Temujin, and Sasha stand in the heart of a conflict that shall decide the future of all the ninja clans.

Review

I was actually planning on reading Soul City first which is also written by Mon D. Rea ‘coz it kind of reminds me of the anime Soul Eater which I really love. They don’t actually have the same concept but the title of the book has “soul” in it (I know, haha) plus I am loving the cover. But surprisingly, I decided to read this book, Elemental Ninjas instead. I’m not really sure why, but I’m glad that I did!

Elemental Ninjas is the first book in the series (I’m actually not aware until I read it) and I am loving the introduction. It introduces us into the world of Pan-Terra where four clans of ninjas exists. I’m more into samurai than ninjas actually so I was really surprised that this book was able to hold my attention as early as the first chapter. And ofcourse when you talk about ninjas, you can’t help but compare it to the anime Naruto and the mention of the familiar terms like jutsu, kunai, jonin, sensei etc. makes me feel like I’m really knowledgeable in this kind of stuffs, lol. And the idea of the four clans having their own specialty elements reminds me of the cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender and I can’t help my grin. This book is like the combination of the two shows and I’m really digging it.

But when you think about it, this book sounds a bit typical because the evil clan is ofcourse the Dragon (red) clan so the relationship between them with the other clans isn’t really that good especially with the Crane (white) clan because of their attempt on stealing Belshazzar’s scroll ten years ago which was entrusted to the Crane clan. And then, the main characters is a combination of a pampered princess from the Crane clan and an orphaned boy who came from…..the Dragon clan. Typical eh? But for this story, I love that it didn’t settle to just that but it took me to a new world of ninjas. And it also helped that there’s some Japanese words used in this book which makes reading it more enjoyable. And speaking of enjoyable, I really enjoyed reading those parts where Temujin and Sakura we’re verbally fighting, lol.

For the characters, well, we’ve got to really learn about Sakura but I wasn’t fully acquainted with Temujin. It’s still not clear to me why he chose to warn the Crane clan about the attempt on stealing the scroll when he knows they’re not particularly fond of the Dragon clan. And there’s still a lot of things I want to know about his character too. Then the introduction of the third character to join their adventure was kind of a surprise to me. I have this habit of not reading the sypnosis before reading the book so I thought it’s just Sakura and Temujin, but oh well, the more the merrier! Also, I am sensing a love triangle in here and I’m not particularly fond of that idea but I’m still interested to try the second book and find out what will happen next, *wink.

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About the Author

For a long time Mon D Rea has taught English as a foreign language, but his one true love has always been writing stories. He never stopped scribbling – between classes at uni, in between part-time work, on napkins, on the back of receipts, on the bus, and inside his dreams.

His friends say he’s a grammar Nazi with a hyperactive imagination, and these two personalities of him are constantly at each other’s throats. He used to be a Neanderthal but now almost tech-savvy. He likes superhero movies.

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