Waiting on Wednesday: Katana, Rebel Heart, and Charlie Madigan

Okay, the cover caught my attention: Cherry blossoms, a Japanese symbol, and SWORDS? CAN I HAS SWORDS?? On a side-note, I like that I can see Rileigh but I can't see her face. I don't like seeing faces on book covers because it gives too much of a physical identity to the character, when I like to see them in my head, not on the cover of the book.

Also, since I'm dating a martial artist who is totally—but won't admit to being—a samurai, I know how sexy  martial artists can be ;D

Also: That little witty phrase in the summary tells me this book is going to be really fun to read.

Technically it's already published. But I still really want to read it. So I'm posting it. Because I can.

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.

Rebel Heart, #2 in Dustlands (Blood Red Road review here)

I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS BOOK! I loved BRR. Although I will admit, I don't like this cover at all. And I don't like the new cover for BRR either. I loved the original one. In fact it's what caught my attention and said "Hey Haley! This is the kind of book you would love!!"

This new cover? If I wasn't already in love with the series and the characters, I would never touch it.

The Tonton have been defeated. Lugh has been rescued.
The heartstone has brought Saba and Jack together.
Now, Saba and her family head west to meet him and start a new life. All should be well.
But shadows of the dead are stalking Saba.
And another kind of shadow is creeping over the dustlands.
Then a messenger shows up.
With news of Jack.

Shadows Before the Sun

You know I've been following this series since the first one came out, and waiting for every single one. They're addicting, have good endings (but still cliffhangers) and are so my thing. I have a weakness for bad-ass female protagonists… if that makes any sense to have a weakness for someone who embodies strength.

Rambling over. Onto the summary!

After filling out mountains of paperwork, Detective Charlie Madigan sets out for a death-defying trip into heavenly Elysia to rescue her partner Hank and bring the siren home. Of course, she doesn’t expect to leave behind an all out siren revolution or return home to find that jinn crime boss, Grigori Tennin, has begun a massive search for the divine being, Ahkneri. Tennin’s tactics set off a chain reaction that puts Charlie in the crosshairs of the shadowy creature known as Death and awakens Ahkneri from her long sleep. And when Vengeance rises, Atlanta will never be the same.

What are you waiting for?

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