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The Revenge of Praying Mantis

(Hattori Hachi #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Hattie Jackson is an ordinary fiteen-year-old until her mother disappears and Hattie's life is turned upside down. With the help of her friend, Mad Dog, Hattie discovers the truth about her mother's 'other life' and the role she must now take on to defeat a terrifying army of evil ninjutsu warriors, led by Praying Mantis - the deadliest assassin ever known... ...more
Paperback, Second, 240 pages
Published July 12th 2012 by Silver Fox (first published July 1st 2009)
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Adela Cacovean
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it

When I first read the description of "The Revenge of the Praying Mantis" by Jane Prowse, I thought the book would be a fun read and I added on my "to read" list. Soon after that, Jane announced me that her book is free to download on the series' site, and I jumped at the opportunity. Little did I know then how great the book would be, or that, in the next morning, I would win the second novel through Goodreads giveaways. As soon as I finished the book that I had been reading then, I started
Sep 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Children and teens interested in light adventure novel
Recommended to shanghao by: Jane Prowse
Shelves: ya, firstreads
Is there a ninja in all of us? Ninja is actually a colloquial term of the more bona fide shinobi. The kanji for nin means temperance, restraint, whereas ninja literally refers to 'one who endures'. It seems that the characters from Hattori Hachi were created to do just that, to endure the test of time so this can be written as a 'franchise' for some time to come.

The book reads very much like a TV series. No wait, in fact, it's like a Karate Kid TV series, only this one is a female version with e
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sitting here breathless after reading the most incredible young adult book, I can honestly say that I am not only extremely grateful for having the opportunity of reading this book but also thoroughly excited by an author whose remarkable series has exceeded all expectations by producing something of such high caliber. Hattori Hachi: revenge of the praying Mantis is the debut novel by Jane Prowse, about a young girl called Hattie Jackson whose family holds a remarkable secret that is revealed fo ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sarah by: Jane Prowse

I was sent a free pdf copy of this book by the author. This has not effected my ability to review it fairly, but critically.

6/10 - I am enjoying the story so far, but am finding the writing a little juvenile for my advanced age. I am trying to imagine I'm 12 again, at which age I would be giving this 4.5-5 stars. Another reviewer likened it to The Karate Kid, but with a girl in Ralph Macchio's place, this was the story line for The Next Karate Kid (Hilary Swank played the g
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4.5 Stars!

Hattie has a mixed heritage as she is born to a British father and a Japanese mother. Her mother had been training her from the time she was a child. At the age of fifteen, when her mother disappears, Hattie realizes that she plays a key role in a legacy. She has to train harder to master the art if she wants to find her mother in time. Also, she has help – but who does she trust? Is Hattie really prepared for what her fate has in store for her? Will she be able to fulfill her destiny?
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I mostly liked this book, I'm in the process of reading the second one and I'll probably read the third one as well. It's clearly a YA book, with a relatively simple story, but an interesting twist with ninjas. I like ninjas. Even though the story is simple, it's well written and draws you in and makes you want to know what happens next. I bought the second one within minutes of finishing the first.

However, some parts are a bit confusing or clumsily written, but that's not surprising when it's
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I am not really the target demographic for Hattori Hachi – a good 30 years too old, but you know what - I really enjoyed it. It is FUN! Very entertaining.

It is a great, positive story of good vs evil, coming of age, friendship, family and success through adversity – and it has Ninjas too! There is no brooding teenage angst, no supernatural nonsense, and thankfully, not one mention of anyone ever needing a good stylist. In short it is exactly the sort of fiction kids should read, without any of
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
(As featured on my blog All the Ups and Downs )

I've never read a book about ninjas or anything ninja related before. It never really interested me. However, I am glad I came across Revenge of Praying Mantis by Jane Prowse. I found it to be extremely interesting, and not once did my attention waver!

Revenge of the Praying Mantis is the first book in the series of Hattori Hachi, a fifteen year old girl whose mother goes missing under suspicious circumstances. Hattie must learn ninjutsu if she wishe
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I try not to add every book to my favorites list. I try to really consider why I liked it so much and why it deserves to be there when others don't. Well, at the end of this book, all I could think was to clap at how much much I loved it.

Okay, maybe I'm just using that as an excuse to use a gif. Have I mentioned I figured out how to do that? Because I did.

In all seriousness, I really did love this book. I think what I admired most was the use of language. Prowse managed to slip in a few Japanese
Christina M Condy
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book because the bright red cover caught my eye. And I have to say it definitely meets my expectations in a Young Adult Tween book. This book started out a little odd for me. But that changed so quickly I sat there going okay what the heck happened! It starts out with Hattie daydreaming in her room, she hears some wind chimes and next thing you know she’s being attacked by her MOTHER! But it’s all in fun except Hattie seriously didn’t feel like playing along on this day. But lit ...more
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. Hattie is a normal fifteen year old girl with a life of annoying parents, best friends, boys and school troubles. That is, until her mum disappears and she is whisked off to a life of - wait for it - a ninja.

I love how even though it is about assassins and warriors, a typical teenage girl can relate to this book. I thought that the synopsis sounded interesting and I presumed that it would be a normal thriller with just action, not much else.
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
The first book in the Hattori Hachi series was surprisingly good. I had chosen to read it on a whim since I enjoy books that involve ninjas or samurai, but I was skeptical on how good it would be considering I didn't know if an English writer could pull off a good ninja story. The stories I have read that involved ninjas have all been written by people with Japanese origins and they were all very excellent books. I found this book to be almost equal to the book I have read that were written by J ...more
The Book Review Library
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I thought this book was interesting and differant when I saw it, I don't think I have seen a ninja book before! It definately looked like a great book.

I was right! It was excellent. Although the idea of the book was unrealistic, it was made more beliveable by setting it in a normal place, with the main character being a normal 15 year old girl. The story was original and not predictable, and apart from eventually meeting the
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was all kinds of fantastic! Hattie Jackson is just a typical teenager going through regular problems for a girl her age. Except for the crazy challenges her mother always tests her with. Then her mother disappears and Hattie's world is turned on its end in several ways. She learns that her mother was training her all this time as a ninja and in the art of Ninjutsu. With the help of a neighbor and an orphan boy she learns the five stages of Ninjutsu. Soon she's almost flying through the ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
(I won this book at Alright, I enjoyed reading this book so much! At first I didn't know what to expect, so my expectations were pretty low, but when I finished the book, I absolutely loved it.

I loved the characters, and especially Mad Dog (he had a very humorous nickname, plus he was the kind of person you actually have to get to know before judging them.) The variety of surprises in this book were wonderful, and kept me wanting to continue on reading more.

One thing that I had s
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Although it seemed slightly confusing in setting the foundation, it continued to escalate until the very end.
The Hattori name was accompanied by a great legacy. Upon the sudden disappearance of Her mother, Hatti discovers she is a key part of this legacy. Will she be able to find he mother before it is too late?
will she advance in the things she must learn to saver her mother?
These are only a couple of questions she must strive to answer as many new characters abound. Who can she trust? Which
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this as a favour to a friend - it's certainly not something I would normally pick up, especially since it's for 10 years and upwards ... But it actually turned out to be one of the most entertaining books I've read in a long while. You have to suspend disbelief almost from the outset (from about paragraph 10 of Charpter 1, to be precise ...) but once you accept the basic premise of a suburban 15 year old girl being descended from a long line of respected and renowned ninjutsu warriors ... ...more
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was a real marvel to read. first time that I learnt about the word 'ninjutsu'. Was captivated by the suspense element and thrill of this story. while reading the book i could actually imagine the characters making each and every move and disguising in other forms of creatures. This is not only about the ninjas; i loved the way the issue of underprivileged children was approached in this story together with the way hattie and her friends kept their cover perfectly as a normal people in ...more
Orinthia Lee
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
The story is really nice, I was enjoying this so much! I hope I could review it nicely with my not-really-good English.

Having a ninja mum is awesome and Hattie is very lucky. I love how the story go... all the ninjutsu things, everything. Hattie's adventure begin after her mother dissapeared, she got to use all her practice experience in real situation, facing her destiny as a Ninja to save her mother with the help from Yazuki (oh, she is real good!) and Mad Dog and Neena too. I found Mad Dog so
Ted Guglielmo
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ted by: Jane Prowse
Thouroughly enjoyable read. Tremendous use of foreshadowing makes the story unpredictable.

Hattie Jackson is a 15 year old girl of mixed race. Her father is British and her mother is Japanese. This "coming of age with a twist" story tells the story of Hatti and her mom training in martial arts. Her mother disapears and is feared dead. Hattie refuses to believe her mother is gone and with the help of her mysterious but kindly neighbor Yakuzi trains to face the forces that have her Mum. A wonderfu
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
These days I find myself reading different genres more, and although this is definitely a YA book you shouldn't let that stop you from reading it. It's well written and the characters and their adventure made this a fun, quick, and easy read. Hattie's martial arts training and fighting techniques does bring back memories of Saturday afternoon-dubbed kungfu movies from decades ago (climbing walls and all) and even reminded me of the original karate kid movie. I'm already sharing this with 3 kids ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of the Hattori Hachi books and tells the story of Hatti who thinks she is just an ordinary mixed race teenager. During this book she discovers that she is in fact descended from a very important family and has an unusual destiny to fill. I really enjoyed this book, it's full of action with a little bit of romance thrown in, the strong main female character is wonderful. Would be enjoyed by both girls and boys but particularly good for girls not into 'pink fluffy' books! ...more
Ninjutsu training/fighting, honour, true friendship, deceit and even double deceit turns this story into an incredibly good book for everyone. Especially for people performing (or performed) martial arts like myself. This book is a reminder why we do what we do namely: for the sake of the good!

I am really curious about book 2 and 3 and want to thank the author for sending me this e-book for reading and reviewing as a giveaway!
John Gunning
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to John by:

As I followed along Hattie Jackson's training, I kept hoping it was not too late for her to learn enough to defeat the army of evil ninjutsu warriors. Reading this story made me look out my window for shadows moving in the night and thinking of what would be my animal spirit and how it could assist her and Mad Dog in founding out what happened to her mother? Looking forward to the ending of this book and other adventures of Hattie Jackson and friends.
Alice Clothier
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book!

I couldn't put it down! Hachi is such an easy character to relate to, it felt like I was fighting ninjas along side her! All the twists and turns in this book make it impossible to stop reading it cause you just want to know what's going to happen next!

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, no matter how old they are! And I really can't wait to read what happens next!
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Chidi by: None
It is easy to read and understand.

Kids AND ADULTS will surely gain a lot from reading it, though it is primarily written for kids.

As I began reading the book, I did not want to let it go. But, because of the tight schedule I had then, I simply resigned to reading it in bits.

I cannot wait to read the other books in the series!
Freefallen ~ YA Reviewer
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The last book will only get published if we pledge to buy it! here, you can buy and simultaneously pledge to do so... it's complicated, but please check it out! We need to know what happens! ...more
Aloha Gay
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Revenge of Praying Mantis is undoubtedly a good book for young adults, but I bet many adults could not resist its cute story too :) I am amazed how a non-Japanese author could narrate the fight scenes so well. Kudos to Jane! Expecting a film from this, surely kids would love it!
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
This was an excellent read. Strong male and female lead characters, mystery and ninja action - perfect teenage mixture!
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Fast and easy, fun and interesting. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, and am looking forward to starting book 2 this week.
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Jane lives in the New Forest, Hampshire, with her film editor husband, Ian, and their cat, Mitten. As well as writing teen fiction - the Hattori Hachi series, Jane writes and directs theatre and television. Her most recent play, adapted from the hugely successful autobiography by Jane Juska, A Round-Heeled Woman, transferred to the Aldwych theatre in London's West End at the end of 2011. TV credit ...more

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