Author: Cole Gibsen
Series: Katana, #1
Age Group: young adult
Release Date: March 8, 2012
Teenage skater girl or supernatural samurai?Rileigh Martin wants to believe that adrenaline gave her the strength to fend of three muggers in the mall parking lot. But adrenaline doesn't explain the voice in her head giving her battle tips and warnings.Well, after having a terrible few weeks filled with loads of homework, I finally had a reprieve! Today, I was able to finish Katana, a book that I had been reading for a few days. Before this book, I was actually reading Eyes Like Stars, but I couldn't get into it, so I quit and picked up this book. And guess what?! I so do not regret it!
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 had high expectations for Katana, mostly because I wanted a break from the "real world". Katana was a silly story, but it did have its serious moments. It makes sense, though. Samurais are, of course, warriors, so it's not going to be all good.
Besides saying that this was an amazing book, there isn't much more. The plot was engaging. When I had to stop reading because of interfering work, I became grumpy, and wanted to keep reading. There aren't many books that make me feel this way.
There was one issue though. I felt that the author, Cole, couldn't make up her mind. At moments, Rileigh seemed almost like the cheerleader, ditzy kind of girl. At other times, she was the skater chick (rough and tough). I couldn't really grasp a solid picture of who Rileigh (according to Quentin, Ri-Ri) was.
The love interest was Kim, or Yoshido, depending which life you're looking at (did I mention this book deals with reincarnation?). Kim really wasn't my kind of guy. He was, dull, to say the least, and way too overprotective and smug for my liking. But, out of the guys, Quentin was my favorite. He was Rileigh's best friend, and I couldn't get enough of him. He was the humor and comedic relief.
Overall, this book was pretty good. It was definitely a quick and engaging read. In my opinion, you should definitely not pass Katana up. Especially if you're a fan of anything Japanese!