Thursday, May 3, 2012

Katana by Cole Gibsen

Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance

Description (taken from Cole Gibsen's website):
Rileigh Martin would love to believe that adrenaline gave her the uncanny courage and strength to fend off three muggers. But it doesn't explain her dreams of fifteenth century Japan, the incredible fighting skills she suddenly possesses, or the strange voice giving her battle tips and danger warnings. While worrying that she's going crazy (always a reputation ruiner), Rileigh gets a visit from Kim, a handsome martial arts instructor, who tells Rileigh she's harboring the spirit of a five-hundred-year-old samurai warrior.

Relentlessly attacked by ninjas, Rileigh has no choice but to master the katana--a deadly Japanese sword that's also the key to her past. As the spirit grows stronger and her feelings for Kim intensify, Rileigh is torn between continuing as the girl she's always been and embracing the warrior inside her.

I have some mixed emotions for this book.  The whole premise of past lives and samurai make for an interesting read.  But I found the plot to be predictable.

In the beginning, I didn't care for Rileigh.  She came off as privileged and high-maintenance for some reason.  Yet there were moments where I could completely relate to her.  Moments like answering the door to a cute boy moments after having just awoken from sleep (in my case, I immediately slammed the door and walked off).  Or the stubborn nature that we see a lot of.  But I'm still not sure if I liked her enough.

Meh, this book was alright.  Too predictable, and I couldn't get in a good fit with Rileigh.  Who would I recommend reads it?  If the description catches your interests, look into this book.  Who knows, you may enjoy it more than I did.

Challenges:  Debut Author Challenge and Young Adult Reading Challenge

1 comment:

  1. I've heard mixed reviews on this book and I haven't made up my mind about whether or not to read it yet. I appreciate your perspective! :)


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