Ninja Girl Review, Release Tour, Excerpt and Giveaway!

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Ninja Girl

by Cookie O’Gorman

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 30th 3017

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


I missed Cookie O’Gorman’s Adorkable, which I heard so many good things about,  and so I was happy to be given the opportunity to read and review her next novel Ninja Girl.

Ninja Girl is for all of us girls who like the idea of not needing to be saved, but of doing the saving ourselves and not losing any of our romantic girliness (even if it’s just hidden in our taste of movies). Plus, it has a guy, Ash, who thinks that that kind of girl is kickass and doesn’t feel emasculated being around her. Now that’s a cool guy!

I enjoyed Ninja Girl because it is different from the norm, despite the fact that it has the requisite mean girls. I did, however, feel that there were a few missed opportunities to make Ninja Girl even more special. The ending, to me, was predictable and I had figured things out despite a red herring thrown in there.

After having gone through several books that I read in just an evening, I wondered why this one just didn’t hold my attention as well. One reason I’m thinking is that in an average length novel an author does a disservice by throwing in a lot of extra characters; it seems to dilute things. This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned it as it happens a lot in novels that are a part of series, which Ninja Girl is. Perhaps this trend is particularly noticeable when you have only read a single book in a series. Considering that series are the current thing, I’m probably alone in this feeling. That said, Ninja Girl is still a better than average young adult read.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

rating: 4-butterflies(4 out of 5 butterflies)


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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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I stood up suddenly, needing to do…something. I knew what she was saying was total crap. I knew Nara was pure evil, and I didn’t have to prove anything to her. But right then I needed to prove something to myself. I was a girl dammit, and I wasn’t boring. I was a force.

Just like Bruce.

“Snow, what’s up?” Min asked, but instead of answering I headed in the opposite direction. While the others had been taking stock of hoodie guy, I’d been getting a read on his security. They were too far back to stop me. Part of me wanted to test them—to test me—and see if I could do this and still get away. I figured I had about a minute tops, but that’s all I’d need.

One last look over my shoulder told me all three girls were staring at me, mouths gaping, even Nara. Boring, she’d said earlier. I’d give her boring.

Taking a deep breath, I kept walking until I was almost even with hoodie guy’s seat, placed my hand on the chair back and swung my body over—right into his lap. Over his shoulder, I saw his security react. Too late.

He gasped, but I didn’t have time to explain.

“Sorry about this,” I whispered right before sealing my lips to his.

I’d taken him by surprise—that much was clear from the way his body tensed beneath mine. But he wasn’t trying to push me off. I’d intended it to be quick. A single brush with danger, a nod to teen girl impulsiveness, but the way his mouth melted under mine was unexpected. I fisted my hands in his shirt, pulling him closer. My lips, my entire body, went up in flames, but I couldn’t get close enough. It wasn’t until his hands came around my back that I remembered myself.

Pulling away, I came face-to-face with the greenest eyes I’d ever seen.

“I’m sorry,” I muttered again.

“I’m not,” he said.

And then his guards grabbed me.


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