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Katana (Katana Series #1)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

The reader will be drawn in after the first chapter thanks to th

The reader will be drawn in after the first chapter thanks to the main character's, Rileigh's, humor and wit. Rileigh is just the average teenager who is concerned about her social appeal and status as well as what her friends are doing and how does she look in those c...
The reader will be drawn in after the first chapter thanks to the main character's, Rileigh's, humor and wit. Rileigh is just the average teenager who is concerned about her social appeal and status as well as what her friends are doing and how does she look in those cute shoes. Well...she *was* a normal teenager. When Rileigh and her best friend are attacked in a mall parking lot, she discovers that while some people have inner strength, she has an...inner samurai??? Kim, a shockingly good-looking Asian teenager, tracks her down and tells her to come to him when she wants more information after that stunt in the parking lot. Kim, as the reader will discover, is a bit of a love interest...yet another plot point the reader can look forward to!



The novel develops from there, with Rileigh discovering just how much her inner samurai can do and why she has one. Kim and Rileigh slowly begin to delve into a potential relationship even as Rileigh's own friendships begin to falter slightly as the secrets she finds herself keeping begin to pile on top of her. Rileigh's best friend, Quentin, is a bit of a stereotypical "gay friend," but he infuses the novel with plenty of humor and may rival Rileigh as the favorite character. Kim, with his stoicism and few words, will keep the reader intrigued and the other characters fit the novel perfectly.



The plot itself is very fast-paced. Rileigh goes from shoe-shopping to skilled fighting in a manner of weeks. The samurai learn that there may be a traitor in their midst, but who? This book is highly recommended to young adult/teen readers.

posted by Icecream18 on March 11, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I've got one word to describe this book. ORIGINAL. It was not an

I've got one word to describe this book. ORIGINAL. It was not anything I expected, and it was really freakin good. At first I wasn't sure I'd like it, but it didn't take long for me to get into the book. Once that happened I couldn't put it down.

When I said this boo...
I've got one word to describe this book. ORIGINAL. It was not anything I expected, and it was really freakin good. At first I wasn't sure I'd like it, but it didn't take long for me to get into the book. Once that happened I couldn't put it down.

When I said this book was original I meant it. From the fact that it involves Japanese warriors to reincarnation ( in a way). And believable. The story behind each of the warriors will tug at your heart strings, and I can only hope that we will get future books with more chances to connect with all of them.

Kim, oh Kim. Can we have more please? He was bold and direct, but knew how to be sweet and caring. There was some back and forth between Kim and Rileigh that I enjoyed reading. A lot of times when both MCs are wishy-washy I get frustrated, but not this time. Kim was the one that waited for Rileigh to accept who she was.

Rileigh was an interesting character. She was very typical teen and I admit there were a couple of times I struggled liking her. But then again if faced with the same revelations she learned, there's a very good chance I'd react with the same confusion and denial that she did. In the end I did like her and I did connect with her character.

Overall, yeah you need to read this book. It's different, it's intriguing, and it will capture your attention.

posted by WhatsOntheBookshelf on April 21, 2012

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    The reader will be drawn in after the first chapter thanks to th

    The reader will be drawn in after the first chapter thanks to the main character's, Rileigh's, humor and wit. Rileigh is just the average teenager who is concerned about her social appeal and status as well as what her friends are doing and how does she look in those cute shoes. Well...she *was* a normal teenager. When Rileigh and her best friend are attacked in a mall parking lot, she discovers that while some people have inner strength, she has an...inner samurai??? Kim, a shockingly good-looking Asian teenager, tracks her down and tells her to come to him when she wants more information after that stunt in the parking lot. Kim, as the reader will discover, is a bit of a love interest...yet another plot point the reader can look forward to!



    The novel develops from there, with Rileigh discovering just how much her inner samurai can do and why she has one. Kim and Rileigh slowly begin to delve into a potential relationship even as Rileigh's own friendships begin to falter slightly as the secrets she finds herself keeping begin to pile on top of her. Rileigh's best friend, Quentin, is a bit of a stereotypical "gay friend," but he infuses the novel with plenty of humor and may rival Rileigh as the favorite character. Kim, with his stoicism and few words, will keep the reader intrigued and the other characters fit the novel perfectly.



    The plot itself is very fast-paced. Rileigh goes from shoe-shopping to skilled fighting in a manner of weeks. The samurai learn that there may be a traitor in their midst, but who? This book is highly recommended to young adult/teen readers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    4 stars

    My only complaint is this book leaves you hanging at the end. I wish it had a sequal

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