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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. She may see many faults in herself but is also aware of what she is good at willing to use this in order to achieve what she wants, even if it is to make cute Jared blush or get onto the Equestrian Team.
Its also a nice change to have side characters that are not simply there as fodder but help with story development, clearly have pasts that are to be delved into and help shape Brooklyn as a character.
If I had the ability and money I would one-click the rest of the series simply to find out what happens to Brooklyn and her friends. Is that good enough for would I recommend it? If not I certainly would. Anyone who loves a bit of contemporary, and YA/Teen romance will love this book and more than likely series.
The audio-book aspect of this book was as equal to the actual story. The voice acting by Ann greatly aided character development as I was able to differentiate easily between the many young female characters within the story.
Ann (as well as the way the story was written) allowed for me to develop a connection with Brooklyn the main character. Something that find vital in any story. Sometimes a book can become disconnected if you cannot understand motives of a protagonist or if they begin to aggravate you.
I wasn’t able to stop listening to the book and cannot wait to read or listen to any further books/audio books within the series.
A 5/5 stars for Taking the Reins, I would definitely re-listen to this and would recommend to anyone who likes a light, yet gripping, Teen/YA romance. Well worth the read.
"I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
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