Taking the Reins (The Rosewoods #1)

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Taking The Reins (The Rosewoods, #1)

Author: Katrina Abbott

Publisher: Over the Cliff Publishing

Release Date: 1/28/2014

Rating:

four stars

*I was provided this book as an ARC*

Quote I liked:

“‘Come on you two,’ Evan protested, picking up his end of the trunk. ‘You can flirt on the way.'”

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:

Taking the Reins pleasantly surprised me. I assumed that based on the title and cover, it would center around horse-back riding. It did involve a bit of it, but the book was mainly about the events that took place while at the barn. The storyline was absolutely adorable, and the love interests were cute as well. I thought that the author did an excellent job with ensuring that the reader felt part of the story. She also left a lot of loose ties in this book that makes me really want to read the next one. The main character was extremely relatable. I was really upset when the book was over, and I’m super excited to read the next one!

The one criticism that I did have about the book is character development. I felt as if the characters needed a lot more development. The author did a fair job with giving characters personality, but rarely did she describe the physical traits of the characters. When she did do this, she could have provided many more details than what was given.

I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely read the next one. I would recommend this to ages 16 and up.

-Kathy

The Book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20492469-taking-the-reins

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