See, I won Katana, by Cole Gibsen, from Short and Sweet Reviews. I love this blog for all their wonderfully honest reviews. Katana was up for a giveaway. The blurb included samurais and swords. That's all I needed to convince me to enter. The book cover fit. Though not a big stand-out cover, I kinda like it:
About Katana from Goodreads: 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.
If you enjoy samurais, some serious butt-kicking, great displays of friendship and some eternal love thrown into the mix, then you would LOVE this novel. I really enjoyed it. As much as I found Rileigh to be a good character, I was totally enamored with her best friend Q. He was the complete best friend: spunky, snarky, a shoulder to lean on, confidante and always looking out for the hot guy...well, preferably two, one for each of them.
Kim's secretive and mysterious nature lured me to him like perfect bait. Every time Rileigh resisted, I wanted to shake her, but I understood she had good reason for not just throwing herself at him.
Other characters, including the antagonist, were well-written, too.
So what would you do if you discovered you were the reincarnation of a five hundred year old samurai? Run to the nearest institution for help? Deny it? Or...embrace it?