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Taking The Reins (The Rosewoods Book 1) by [Abbott, Katrina]
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Taking The Reins (The Rosewoods Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
Book 1 of 10 in The Rosewoods (10 Book Series)

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About the Author

A survivor of adolescence, Katrina Abbott loves writing about teens: best friends, cute boys, kissing, drama. Her main vice is romance, but she’s been known to succumb to the occasional chocolate binge. She may or may not live in California with her husband, kids and several cats. Taking the Reins is not her first book. Visit Katrina online at www.katrinaabbott.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Over The Cliff Publishing (26 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I2OXIT6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,365 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 April 2017
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This is a boarding school story. For no reason that seems relevant to the tale, our protagonist Brooklyn has been living in Britain for a couple of years, but now she's back in America at another school for daughters of the rich and famous. She spends some time being obsessed with every young man she meets - they come up from the nearby boys' school to help move in luggage. Two pages of describing a kid enough for you?

I was hoping this was to be a horse story, as the school has a stables and girls can train and join a team. But Brooklyn gets on a horse exactly twice and we don't see either time, we're just told how badly she feels she has done. And it's only dressage indoors, nothing exciting. Brooklyn loves horses but she's actually far keener to obsess about the young riding trainer, despite the fact that any relationship would get him fired. She also jumps to admit to failure and tries to opt out of a team rather than say she'll need to do a lot of riding to make up for a few years out of the saddle. So I can't admire her.

With the young idiot boys doing some burglary and a dance organised, some girls running laptop businesses and others acting possessive about boyfriends, this is more like a junior version of The Social Network than a horse story. If you would like a boarding school tale this might be for you.

This is an unbiased review.
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Right the first thing I am going to say is, that I am a 25 year old guy and frankly I found this book fantastic.

The story was an imaginative one, possibly based on the authors own experience but who can say. I found the characters interesting and fun, you could understand where Brooklyn was trying to change herself to be a 'better' person but where her true personality would come out and instead of completely trip her up actually worked to compliment her even more.

To be honest I was surprised when I finished reading it as I had not realized how quickly it had absorbed me and I can honestly say I will most likely be picking up book 2 as it is a wonderfully fun change in pace, and who knows maybe it will help me understand women a bit more, (not likely but a guy can hope)
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The book was enjoyable, although there was quite a big build up, which didn't lead to very much, so I would say purchasing the rest of the series is a must. It was a good book and I would recommend it to a teen girl whether they were interested in horses or not.
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I want to be a school girl again just to go to Rosewoods Academy. But not only would that mean time travel. It would also probably mean robbery. In order for to pay the fee’s to get into the illustrious school, but I would do all that just to get my hands on Brady!

I am so Team Brady, is that saying too 2008? I don’t care I want me some Brady – If I could miraculously age him or de-age me, but everything is possible in the world of books right?

Anyway onto the review………..

Brooklyn is the new girl, an already difficult situation and to make things even harder she has a strange accent and has to hide aspects of her life because of her dad’s top secret job. Her first day doesn’t get off to a good start but she soon settles into the school and with her persona of ‘The New Brooklyn’ manages to fit in immediately. Not everything is simple for teenage girls however when boys and hormones become involved and Brooklyn is soon to this find out.

Katrina expertly defined what it is like being a new girl and the difficulties and troubles that come with simply being a teenager. Anyone would think that at some point she had been a teenage gi…oh wait…… never mind.

The camaraderie between the young girls made me look back at my high school years in fond memory. Even if mine had been hell. Then there are the boys. Brady, Will and Jared, Yum….The clear mixture and hints of not one but two love triangle’s (even if one may be considered a square?) made me just want to keep listening/reading.

A strong lead is always enjoyable in a book but sometimes its nice to have a character like Brooklyn.
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I got this book for an honest review.

I started this book one morning with the intention of reading a bit then doing some work for one of my many assignments due in- that did not work out well. Mainly because this book was such an easy read and I found myself reading chapter after chapter and then it was finished- I wish it had been longer.

The first few chapters are based heavily on character description mainly the main character and narrator of the story, Brooklyn- a new student arriving at a boarding school she will be attending- and introducing in detail each new character which Brooklyn meets as she starts her school year. The description of each new character is rich in information giving details about their personality traits that made them all into very different characters and made them instantly engaging to me. As the story progressed and relationships began to form I started to love or hate the different characters; my main loves being Brady and Jared, and my hates being Dave because I’m still annoyed with him.

The story is well paced introducing new characters and relationships exactly when they are needed- this isn't one of those annoying girl meets boy, boy is unable to sustain a relationship with girl, girl sits about waiting for him to change his mind books- there are plenty of other options and I hope Brooklyn explores these no matter how much I love Brady.

The story line is not one which has blaringly obvious twists and turns, it has subtle character developments which made me want to read more (which is why I wanted it to be longer).

This is defiantly to be added to my list of favourites and I can't wait to read more in this series of books.
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