When three buglers try to hurt her and her best friend, Quentin, something amazing and scary happened: Rileigh turned into someone completely differen...moreWhen three buglers try to hurt her and her best friend, Quentin, something amazing and scary happened: Rileigh turned into someone completely different... Someone with a strength capable of breaking necks and so fast that she could easily out run you in a blink of an eye. The most amazing part? She suddenly is able to fight like a powerful warrior. The scary part? There's a voice in her head. And it talks to her.
So there goes a normal life. Thank you very much.
And after these three guys tried to hurt her she wakes up in a hospital where a cute doctor is very curious of what really happened while all she says is that the adrenaline helped her. But there is also this weird Asian guy called Kim that says he has answers, that she only needs to look for him when she realizes that the danger coming her way is real.
Now not only this voice is scaring the heck out of her but also she is having these weird dreams where she is Senshi, a woman samurai, fighting to protect her lord Toyotomi and her love Yoshido in a battle that, somehow, she knows she is going to lose.
Back in the present time her only support is Quentin, a funny guy that likes boys and is not afraid to say it. A guy that is like family for her and that even takes care of her when her mother is too busy to notice something is wrong with her. Now to make things even more complicated the hot guy in her school, Whitley, is making a move on her after watching in the news how cool and strong she is. And this Asian guy, Kim, wants her to embrace the warrior inside her to be complete but... if she does, wouldn't that mean the end of the Rileigh she is right now? The end of her life as a normal teenager?
Personal opinion: A story involving samurais, fights, reincarnation and love? Count me in! I LOVE this kind of plots first because I'm a hugh fan of everything Japanese and second because I love samurais stories. And this one involving a woman samurai? That is just plain awesome.
I liked the background story of their samurais lives and how everything connected in the present time and the development of the plot felt very real.
Characters like Quentin will make you smile and laugh out loud with his snarky and clever comments while characters like Kim will make you heart melt and cry a little bit. Kim's story is one of the saddest in this book and I found myself cheering for him from the very beginning which, I assure you, wasn't very difficult.
The only thing that bothered me a little? Rileigh's constant fear of losing control of herself was sometimes really annoying. I mean, yes, I understand her worries but... come on, isn't it easier just to ask and get answers?!
Anyway, besides this the plot was really good and the ending great. As soon as it's out I'm going to buy it for sure! And I'm sure I'm going to enjoy a lot Cole Gibsen's books in the future too.(less)