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Taking The Reins (The Rosewoods Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
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)
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Not my type of story but enjoyed it none the less. Minor sexual innuendo and absolutely no bad language. Easy read for the young - hope the author can keep up the quality.Published 6 months ago by joboy
Brilliant book great story great characters loved reading this book loved how the characters are with each other worth reading to see what happens nextPublished 6 months ago by Good
I started out liking the series.. but then it went kind of blah on me.Published 8 months ago by Brandy Miller
I really did love this book! I've gotten the bug for high school drama lately and this is a good one! First off she's shy and clearly has no experience with guys. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joanne M
What is it about priveledged teens that draws us readers in? I don't know why, but I just love reading about the lives of these rich young things, and this introduction to Rosewood... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bobbie Killip
Brooklyn starts at Rosewood a boarding school for girls. Some boys from their school came to help the girls carry their luggage. A good read. Easy to follow.Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book is amazing however as you can tell from my review title, it has only one bad flaw. And that is that it's too short!Published 16 months ago by Somaiya Mariah(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!