My young adult years were full of stupid things. Fun things, yet very, very stupid. Most of all it was in thanks to my closest friend, Cole Gibsen. No, it was all her fault. Of course if you ask her, she’ll probably deny it all, as she madly types away about our adventures in Alabama and in the “Devil Woods”. I’m positive there’s a book there to be written. Or maybe, just maybe, it shouldn’t be written.
Which is why I wasn’t too upset to find out that her debut novel, Katana, had nothing to do with our younger adventures. Although it is totally based off of me… Fine, it’s not, but I do have long blonde hair, just like the main character. It’s almost about me. (We can pretend)
Actually Katana is about a young girl, who is your average, run of the mill, just get me through highschool, and a date with the hunk, and gah mom do you have to do that, kind of girl. Average until she’s attacked by a group of thugs at the mall, and she suddenly can fight like a samurai warrior… Yup. Samurai. You heard me right. (sounds like me still, right?) Faced with a warrior spirit from a past life, love, teenage dilemmas, and a butt load of people out to get her (still me) this isn’t your average young adult novel.
This was a great debut novel from Cole Gibsen. (and I’m not just saying this because I’m waiting for her to buy me that coffee she owes me, or because the book is 100% about me) The whole novel was excellently written, and well researched. I’m actually not a big fan of the whole samurai, ninja, and such genera, but I never became bored with it, annoyed or turned off, even with the heavy weapon references throughout the book. An easy to read page turner, that I thought was going to be predictable, but surprised me in the end.
Go get it now, and also look for her other novel, Breathless, which is still on my have to get list.
And then go pester her about buying that coffee she owes me. www.colegibsen.com
Stay tuned for a special Guest Post from Cole herself right here, coming very soon, even if I have to blackmail her with stories from our past.