Fighter Girl by Kathryn James
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: May 17th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
“It began three days ago with a fight. Seems that for me, everything begins with a fight…”
Sammy Jo may be strong, fast and tough, even in heels, but she gets into trouble when she fights some local thugs to save a rich boy named Gregory.
Now bad guy McCloud is after her – and he’s even more dangerous than her forbidden love for Gregory.
Fighter Girl was published in the United Kingdom under the title GYPSY GIRL.
My Musings :
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
If it wasn't for the blurb, I would have totally passed up this book. The book cover is good at a glance but doesn't intrigue enough to read the story. The author had me at the book title and the blurb hinting at the heroine being a fighter. I love spunky heroines and Sammy is no exception. And now I can say that I enjoyed her story and wish there was more to it.
The characters were portrayed well with the emphasis on Sammy. She is a seriously hot girl with mad fighting skills. I was literally wide eyed when I was reading her fight scenes. They had me cheering for her. The only thing I wasn't able to digest was her age. She seemed older and more mature and so she being just 16 years in the story was unbelievable. Then there's Gregory. At first, I didn't like him that much. He seemed to be bit of a spineless person. But then he stood up for Sammy and took her side. That showed me in a favourable light and then his courage at the end had me liking him better.
The supporting cast was a colourful group from Sammy's relatives who had me giggling with their antics to Gregory's rich family and friends who irked me with their behaviour. But then that's reality! McCloud, Hudson and Pony were the perfect antagonists with their dark personalities and activities. The 2 characters who stood out for me were Granny Kate and Rocky. Granny Kate had me smiling with her quirky attitude while Rocky had me surprised with his backstory.
The story was written in vivid detail especially the fights. The action scenes had me eagerly turning the pages while the pace of the tale was fast. There was always something happening at a given time in the book. The romance part was light but tastefully done. The look into gypsy life style was interesting and fun. The ending was partly satisfactory and it was kind of a cliffhanger ending what with Sammy thinking of going to US for the boot camp. I hope the author continues the story soon. I obviously can't wait for the sequel if there is one!
My rating : 4/5
Kathryn lives in Leicester with her family, writing full time (and loves that!) Kathryn always wanted to become an author and wrote her first story at age eight. But it took quite a while and lots of different jobs before she got published.
She's worked with gypsy and traveller children, working from a converted bus with a rainbow on the side, doing video and photography projects, and documenting travelling lives.
Mist draws on and is influenced by her work with this community.
She's also written scripts for a local video production company, many of them for children and teenagers.
a Rafflecopter giveaway