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Adaptively Radiant

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  31 reviews
While on a summer vacation in Japan, college student Justin Toshi Blackwood attends a lavish twenty-first birthday party for his cousin Kaito Saito. The two young men share a great-grandfather and soon realize each has inherited a mysterious family heirloom with one receiving a folding knife and the other a pocket watch.

After discovering the knife opens a secret compartmen
Kindle Edition, 209 pages
Published June 9th 2019 by Joseph E. Henning (first published May 28th 2019)
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Renee Godding
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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3/5 stars

In this 2019 fantasy adventure debut, we follow 2 young voyagers, embarking on an exotic journey across Japan, Hawaii and the United States West Coast after they find a mysterious pouch containing 9 stones of great significance. Along the way, they discover that there is much more at stake then they originally anticipated.

Adaptively Radiant left me with some mixed, but ultimately positive, feelings upon finishing it. First things first: it’s clear to me that this novel’s greatest stre
InD'tale Magazine
Rating: 3.5/5.0

Trivia nerds, nature enthusiasts, amateur chefs, and adrenalin junkies will all find something to light up their minds in Mr. Henning’s youthful journey of self-discovery, mysterious beings, and blossoming romance!

Read full review in the 2019 October issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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Laura U
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This gorgeous cover can only be associated with an equally stunning story. This is a story about traveling, family, friendship, and nature.
Justin is a half-Japanese guy who grew up in Hawaii and attends college in California. When he visits Japan with his cousin Kaito, he learns about a mysterious family quest that is passed to their generation from his great-granddad. The quest takes Justin through incredible places of imense beauty from Japan, Hawaii, and California.
This book is for everyone w
Barbara Ranous
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the description of the places visited as well as the information from the different cultural beliefs. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read and review this story.
Ian Miller
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book could best be described as at least in part a cosy Japanese-flavoured supernatural story. The plot involves a half-Japanese student Justin receiving nine stones with symbols on them. These indicate a quest to work out what they mean, then Justin and two other Japanese friends/relations set out to recover the objects that come with solving the puzzles. The cosiness of the story means nobody ever gets into serious trouble for long, so it is easy-going, and not a thriller. However, that p ...more
Team Golfwell
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading “Adaptively Radiant” by Joseph E. Henning who in my opinion wrote a brilliant fast-paced adventure filled with mystery and highly descriptive scenes of Hawaii, Japan, and Southern California. The author writes extremely well adding even more magic to these magical places.

As an example of how this author writes, here is an excerpt from the first chapter as the adventure immediately begins, “With all the water now drained out, Kaito looks over the glass, trying to locate an open
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adaptively Radiant chronicles exotic voyage of two young cousins across islands in Japan, Hawaii, and West Coast of America after they stumble upon a mysterious pouch containing nine stones of significant importance. As they move ahead in their journey, the cousins uncover shocking revelations and realize that there’s much more at stake than it seems on the surface.

Henning expertly depicts the traditional folklore of Japan and Hawaii against a contemporary backdrop but the best of all is his ri
This is a fantasy inherited a mysterious family heirloom journey across Japan, Hawaii and the United States West Coast that two young cousins are finding nine stones of great significance. I found this book so good. I won a kindle edition of this book from a goodreads giveaway, but this review is 100% my opinion.
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good adventure

I don’t like to give spoilers on the books that I read. I believe the blurb on the back is enough for you to decide if you will read the book or not. If you choose to read, enjoy!
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantasy is not my usual genre but I enjoyed reading this tale. Justin goes on a quest with his cousin, Kaito. Their adventure begins in Hawaii and takes them to Japan and California. They are on a search for 9 stones with an etching of an animal on each of them.
Laura Johnson
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
The synopsis of this story sounded so good. It was a quick read and was very descriptive of the places they had to visit to find out their family story. Definitely check it out if you're into fantasy books.

**Received from Netgalley for review**
Hikes in Rain
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a fun read. Part travel documentary (Japan, the Hawaiian Islands, west coast), part fantasy, part young adult growth, part spiritualist. Two cousins meet in Japan during a summer vacation, and discover that each has inherited an odd heirloom; an old pocket watch and a folding knife. They find that the unusual tip of the knife opens a secret compartment in the watch, revealing a tiny note from their mutual ancestor. This is the beginning of their journey of discovery, from finding a pouch o ...more
MCZ Reads
Thank you to Goodreads and the author for my copy! I fell in love with the gorgeous cover and was happy to win a copy in a Goodreads giveaway. I’m glad I had the chance to read this book.

I may not be the audience for Adaptively Radiant. I was excited to read a fantasy adventure story of two young friends. The plot and the mythological aspects of the story are highly creative, and I expected the writing style to reflect that imagination. But the book’s tone is more like a nonfiction book. There’s
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review of Adaptively Radiant

I enjoyed this books descriptive nature. It took me from location to location, all the while describing its geography, animal inhabitants, and in many instances, culture.

I felt both educated and entertained at the same time.

Thank you, Goodreads, for making this book available as a “giveaway”.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It was a good read.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adaptively Radiant is the kind of book that engrosses the reader from the start. The characters are very likable and have you turning the pages to see where the adventure next takes them. The characters travel around Japan, Hawaii and California where they solve mysteries and interact with the mythical world. The brilliant descriptive scenery is woven into the storyline in a very thoughtful, realistic way to make the reader feel as though he/she is traveling right along with the characters. The ...more
Nikki Reilly
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adaptively Radiant is a refreshing book, such a nice change of pace from the typical murder mystery or romance novels that are flooding the market. I loved the details and historical information that were woven into the storyline. The characters were very enjoyable and made you want to keep turning the pages to see what would happen next. If you are an avid traveller or have been wanting to travel to California, Hawaii and/or Japan, you will love reading this book! Great first book from author J ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adaptively Radiant was a very, very good read. I was really impressed with how the flow of the story being told in 3rd person, almost like he was talking to you face to face. I enjoyed how all the characters came to one and connected some way or another.

If your looking for a fun, fast paced, adventure book, with many different characters, I highly recommend this book Adaptively Radiant to you.

Rating 4
April eclecticbookworm
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. I was excited about the idea of this since I love fantasy and folklore and this promised folklore from areas I don't come across as often in fantasy. However, it felt stilted and I found my self lost more often than not. It did have various interesting locations and it moved quickly but it kind of turned into a confusing combination of a self-help, travel guide and save the planet in the middle before crashing into the finish. ...more
R.K. Cowles
2 1/4 stars a goodreads giveaway. The bits I enjoyed was when they come upon the sites and animals. The rest of it, especially the journeys to get there were boring to me. It was a shame the idea of an interesting for a story didn't turn out what I was expecting. ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun adventure book for all ages. I loved the beautiful places and adventures. I would recommend for anyone looking for a great read.
Charles Remington
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Justin, a California student from Hawaii embarks on a journey of a lifetime which starts with a trip to Japan to visit estranged family. Adaptively Radiant by Joseph E. Henning describes how he is welcomed with open arms, and later is astonished when an elderly relative retrieves a tightly folded map from an unsuspected secret compartment in an old watch given to him by his grandfather. Thus begins an exciting voyage of discovery, a voyage that will take him and his cousin to out of the way isla ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I tried very hard to like it and to finish it to no avail. (I read about half the book.) The premise is interesting and somewhat unusual, so I thought it had promise, but oh my, the writing. It's written in present tense, which can sometimes be used to heighten suspense, but in this case is just annoying. Nearly every event of the characters' lives is described in wearying detail. The style is stilted and formal, giving the impressio ...more
Susan Anne
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of Adaptively Radiant by Joseph E. Henningfor free from Goodreads Giveaways. I was intrigued by the premise of the book, nine stones with an image of an animal and a location leading to a family secret. As it turns out, I learned by googling most of the animals are endangered and the sites are fascinating ecosystems. The process of following the path of the stones also proves to be insightful for the two main characters, Justin and Kaito. I enjoyed the different locations, but ...more
Sarah Wolfe
I received this book free in the Goodreads giveaways.

I really loved the supernatural elements in this novel. It was the good kind of weird and quirky. I also liked that the novel spanned over different locations and involved lore from three separate cultures.

The only critique I have with the novel is that i wished there was more of the lore and that the characters immersed themselves in it. I wished the scenes where Justin and Kaito had run-ins with the gods and supernatural creatures lasted lo
Craig Russo
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Pretty good. I don't know the target audience yet I'd guess it's 12-15. Great ending. And the imagery is fantastic. ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful. Just awful.
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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(Won this book on Goodreads) The characters are simple and easy to follow. However, they didn't feel like they were in their early 20's; they seemed to be written in a younger tone. The story was a tale of travel, love, friendship, and family. It was a cute and easy to read book, unfortunately due to the way the characters felt (younger) I just couldn't find myself wanting to read more. ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this kindle edition through a goodreads giveaway. Thank you very much. I was sure I would enjoy the adventure but I could not settle into the present tense style of writing. May sound like a silly reason to stop reading a book to some, but there are too many books I want to read to keep going. Good luck to the author.
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Joseph E. Henning was born in the County of Los Angeles, California and moved to Hawaii in 2007.

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