Official Review: The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy, Book 4

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Official Review: The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy, Book 4

Post by ZenaLei7 » 29 Jul 2017, 21:53

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy, Book 4" by Claire Youmans.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Toki Girl and the Sparrow Boy Book 4 by Claire Youmans is set in Japan during the Meiji era.The fourth book of a series, the story is written in the third person and told through various characters.

Azuki has the ability to transform into a Toki, a Japanese crested ibis, and her brother, Shota, can transform into a sparrow. Together, they accompany Renko, the Dragon Princess, to Tokyo to find an outfit for Yuta, the uncle of Azuki and Shota. They manage to buy some fabric in hopes of sewing together an outfit, but they realize that it’s more difficult than it looks. Meanwhile, Yuta goes to visit the Dragon King who helps him on his journey to Tokyo. In Tokyo, Yuta attends a conference that will change education in Japan, but he soon discovers that education is not the only thing changing in Japan. As he struggles to guide his family through the challenges that surround them, he finds himself drawn to a woman who seems to be holding a secret.

Although this book is listed under the young adult genre, I think it is more suited under the children’s genre. This is a great book for kids because it not only includes adventure, conflicts, and suspense, but it also provides information on Japanese culture and history. I love how the author masterfully blended Japanese culture, folklore, fantasy, and history together to make an interesting, but fictional story. The author also incorporated the struggles that many Japanese people faced when Western influences started to immerse into Japanese culture. I found the glossary at the end of the book to be helpful in defining a couple of Japanese words used in the book.

Moreover, I found the characters to be well developed and relatable. The author provided enough information on the background stories of the characters, so it was easy to keep up with the story. Although there were multiple characters in the book, I didn’t find it difficult to keep track of all the characters. I also liked how the author put a lot of details into the characters and their personalities. Each character had their own internal and external struggles, but they worked together to overcome them.

Although this is the fourth book of the series, this book makes a great stand alone novel. I have not read the previous books in the series, but I found this book easy to read. It is not necessary to read the previous books of the series to understand what was going on in this book. There is also a summary of the three previous books at the beginning of the book as well as a list of the characters.

Overall, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I found this book to be captivating and original. There were even pictures of Japanese artwork in the beginning of every chapter, and they seemed to go along the story. Unfortunately, most of these pictures were blurry. I also noticed a few grammatical errors, but they didn't detract from the book. I would recommend this book to those who like to read adventure stories or are interested in Japanese culture.

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Post by awazie » 03 Aug 2017, 13:28

Good i must say hope watching it on screen one day :techie-studyingbrown:

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Post by Kinnera » 03 Aug 2017, 13:36

This sounds interesting. An unconventional culture and a new take on shifters. Thanks for the great review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 03 Aug 2017, 13:44

Even after your review, I'm still not sure about this one. I appreciate your review. It was thorough and enjoyable. I'm just not sure I would enjoy the book. I'll think about it.
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Post by ZenaLei7 » 03 Aug 2017, 13:58

Kinnera wrote:This sounds interesting. An unconventional culture and a new take on shifters. Thanks for the great review!
Thanks for reading!
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Post by jemgirl202 » 03 Aug 2017, 16:41

Great review! It looks unique and interesting!

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Post by ZenaLei7 » 03 Aug 2017, 16:52

jemgirl202 wrote:Great review! It looks unique and interesting!
It is! Thanks for reading!
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Post by The Researcher » 04 Aug 2017, 03:40

Very nice review! The Japanese culture has always fascinated me. I have read many books whose plot revolves around Japan. May be I will give this one a try.
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Post by ZenaLei7 » 04 Aug 2017, 07:24

The Researcher wrote:Very nice review! The Japanese culture has always fascinated me. I have read many books whose plot revolves around Japan. May be I will give this one a try.
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Post by Amagine » 06 Aug 2017, 07:45

I've always saw this book and have always been interested in it. Especially since I do love the Japanese culture. I'm glad to hear the book is as good as it looks.

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Post by ZenaLei7 » 06 Aug 2017, 08:03

Amagine wrote:I've always saw this book and have always been interested in it. Especially since I do love the Japanese culture. I'm glad to hear the book is as good as it looks.

Great Review! ?
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Post by Quinto » 06 Aug 2017, 12:06

Sounds like an engaging book on Japanese culture. The descriptions of the story is vivid and robust. I know I will enjoy reading this. Thanks for a great review.

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Post by ZenaLei7 » 06 Aug 2017, 12:59

Andrew Kyalo wrote:Sounds like an engaging book on Japanese culture. The descriptions of the story is vivid and robust. I know I will enjoy reading this. Thanks for a great review.
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Post by nadzcabs » 10 Jul 2018, 22:15

The Toki-Girl and The Sparrow Boy is quite a good read though i didn't notice that it was a book series and i read the book 4 of the series, the setting is nice as japan has alot of fictional foklore specially during the warring eras of japan. it's captivating and wonderful it will let your imagination fly with everything that is happening in the story. i'll be reading this again as it is a very good story line.

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