I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for Ninja Girl by Cookie O’Gorman with a review of this wonderful YA read.
Genre: Young adult, action, romantic fiction
Seventeen-year-old Snow-Soon Lee kicks ass–literally. She teaches at her family-owned martial arts gym, The Academy, and cares more about training to be the next Bruce Lee than hooking up. In fact, Snow’s never even been kissed. But when Girls Night rolls around, Snow decides to prove to her friends (and herself) that she’s not just some boring tomboy. Impulsively, she kisses a hot stranger and even manages to escape his two security guards.
One stolen kiss…
Ash Stryker’s senior year sucks. His politician father pulled him out of Chariot High, separating him from his championship-winning soccer team. Now he’s stuck at a prissy private school with no friends, no team and no chance of being scouted. On top of that, thanks to the death threats his dad’s received, Ash has a security tail aka professional babysitters. When the mystery girl from the movies shows up at his school, rappelling from the rafters, Ash knows one thing: he won’t let her get away again.
One interesting job proposition…
After a seemingly random attack, Ash’s mother surprises everyone. She hires Snow to be Ash’s personal bodyguard until after the election. But can Snow’s kick-ass skills hold up against the rising threats to Ash’s family? More importantly, can Ash convince his ninja girl to screw ethics and kiss him again?
Opposites attract in this YA romance where a smooth talker meets his match in the tough girl who (literally) sweeps him off his feet. Moral of the story:
Sometimes even bad boys need a bodyguard.
Action? Check. Mystery? Check. Romance? Check. One phenomenal heroine? Check. Do I even need to continue with this one?
When Snow gets put on the spot for being a tomboy and boring by her so-called friends on Girls’ Night, she decides to snog the nearest hot boy on a whim. But then said boy kisses back. And worse, he wants to get to know her. And then even worse, his mother hires her to protect him. What’s a girl to do?
This was such a brilliantly fun read. The writing was punchy, the plot packed and twisty, and the underlying themes very contemporary and on-point. Although we didn’t see much of Ash’s life outside of his time spent with Snow, this worked in the context of the story, and his cocky-but-out-of-his-depth personality was well-drawn. And Snow was the definition of a feisty protagonist, and her insecurities around being a sporty girl were painfully realistic. The characterisation, including that of the secondary charcaters, was great.
About the Author:
Cookie O’Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her debut novel ADORKABLE is out now!
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Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours for having me on the tour!