Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wield a Katana Proudly (You Didn't)

Expected Publication: March 8th, 2012
By: Cole Gibsen
Flux Books
ISBN-13: 9780738730400

Rileigh Martin would love to believe that adrenaline had given her the uncanny courage and strength to fend off three muggers. But it doesn't explain her dreams of 15th-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.


   Rileigh Martin was always just a normal girl, until the night she was mugged in the mall parking lot - and sent the attackers to the hospital with major injuries.  Wielding skills she didn't know she even had, Rileigh fought off the attackers with help from a bad-ass voice inside her head.  Then she gets a visit in the hospital from Kim, a martial-arts instructor, who is convinced that Rileigh is the reincarnation of a samurai warrior.  Now undergoing ninja attacks by those who wish to destroy her, Rileigh must find a way to survive and learn to harness her skills, while fighting her attraction to Kim.  But will that mean losing herself to become another person entirely?  This book looked so promising at first, the cover looked wonderful.  The premise was really interesting as well.  I do love books that harness the topic of reincarnation successfully.  One of my favorite books ever is Remember Me by Christopher Pike.  This book didn't do that great of a job.  Focusing too much on the possibility of romance, this book fell flat for me plot-wise.  I didn't enjoy the will they/won't they romantic overtones between Kim and Rileigh.  Rileigh's indecision and bratty attitude towards the situation got old really fast.  Accept it already and take control!!!  It wasn't neccesarily a BAD book, I just felt really ambivalent about it and the characters were very underdevloped.  I wouldn't recommend this to anyone looking for action in large amounts.

VERDICT:  2.5/5  Stars

*I received an Advanced Reading E-book Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. No money was exchanged for this review. The expected publication for this book is March 8th, 2012.*

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