Friday, April 11, 2014
Taking the Reins (The Rosewoods) by Katrina Abbott, Book Review
Brooklyn Prescott (if that's even her real name) is the new girl at The Rosewood Academy for Academic Excellence, now that she's moved back to the States after two years living in London. Rosewood, a boarding school for children of the rich and famous and known for its celebutantes, is missing just one element important to any junior's education: boys. But luckily for Brooklyn, and the rest of the Rosewood girls, there's a boys' boarding school, The Westwood Academy, just a few miles away. On her very first day, Brooklyn meets Will, a gorgeous and flirty boy on campus to help with move in. But is he who she thinks he is? And what about Brady, the cute stable boy? Or Jared, the former child actor with his grown-up good looks who can always make her laugh? As Brooklyn settles in at Rosewood, she's faced with new friends, new challenges and new opportunities to make herself into the girl she always wanted to be. Whoever that might be. Taking The Reins is the first installment of The Rosewoods, an exciting new Young Adult series for readers who love fun, flirty love stories.
I really liked Brooklyn, teenage girl who wants to reinvent herself at her new all-girls boarding school She is unsure of herself (typical teenager) but really sweet and kind. I liked that about her, a lot. I was surprised at how kind the girls at the school were to her, especially since she was new. I really expected them to be mean and catty, especially since it was a school for rich kids. All of these things were pleasant surprises to this YA novel. Of course, no YA book can really be about just girls, so cue the all boys rich kids boarding school just a few miles away! The flirting, the friends, the dance, all of those things rounded out the story. The continual references to ''hooking up" were in my opinion, referenced too many times. It just made it seem like that was all the girls cared about. However, my favorite part of the book was the horses! I loved the stables, the dressage coach, the sparks that fly between Brooklyn and Brady! I felt like the story flew by and then BAM! It ended without expectation and I wanted the rest of the story! I guess I will have to wait and read the sequel; I truly wish it would have been one book! Overall this is a quick, easy and enjoyable read!
You can pick up your own copy of Taking the Reins via Amazon.
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