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Today's awesome book is Katana by Cole Gibsen.
Summary: "Skater girl or supernatural samurai? Rileigh Martin wants to believe that adrenaline gave her the strength to fend off three muggers in the mall parking lot. But adrenaline doesn't explain the voice in her head giving her battle tips and 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." (Thank you yet again, Goodreads!)
Ever feel like becoming a warrior instead of constantly being a worrier? Ever want to learn to fight, to defend yourself, to the death? How about just to maiming? Ever feel like there's another you that you keep hidden? One that's wanting to burst forth and change your life forever?
Well, Rileigh's randomly shows up one night, and her old life is gone, and her new life is terrifying. This novel is soooo much fun. For those who want to be a warrior (like this chica writing does), this is the novel we've been looking for to confirm that maybe we are samarais. (I get that this is probably not true for myself, but let me have this fantasy! lol) Not that Rileigh is too thrilled about this whole "life changing big time." No. In fact, she despises it. However, this is a story about embracing your true self, and Rileigh is going to have to learn how to love this other girl that's inside of her.
The book is well-constructed, and the characters are very cool.
In Conclusion: If you've dreamnt of being a kick-butt fighter, or embracing the true you, or maybe gone through a big life change and are not sure about it or handling it well, you should read this novel. If you like action, fantasy, fiction, chick lit, and YA all meet up, then you seriously need to get on to reading this STAT.