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Showdown by Brittney Joy (Review)

Release date: December 19 2014
Publisher: Brittney Joy (via Createspace)
Number of pages: 222 pages
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
Wow, I finally got around to reviewing this after, um… like two months? Oops… I did love this book but I got flooded with homework and work commitments for a while. (And then I got lazy). But really, I couldn't put this book down until I finished! I read both of them in one night, sacrificing sleep.
Lucy goes along with Taylor to a large horse show over a weekend. The two girls did not get along at all in Lucy’s Chance (the first book), but Lucy ends up being Taylor’s helper over the weekend. Taylor is determined to win, and Lucy is just determined to survive the weekend. The book is told from both Lucy and Taylor’s point of views.
Lucy is just as awesome as always. She’s the typical hardworking girl who loves her horse but isn’t really into the whole show scene. She and Chance have a really great relationship, and as always, I really loved reading about her and he…

Lucy's Chance (Red Rock Ranch #1) Review

Release date: April 15 2015
Publisher: Createspace
Number of Pages: 186
My rating: 3.5/5
I really enjoyed this book. It was a little bit choppy in some places, but it was definitely a really fun summer read.
Lucy gets summer job at Red Rock Ranch. She meets Casey, a handsome and kind cowboy. Unfortunately, Taylor Johnson, rich and talented, has her claws in him. When a wild horse comes out of nowhere, Lucy makes it her mission to whip him up into a ranch horse.
Lucy and Casey were pretty sweet characters. Both were hard workers and great people. Both are determined to save the black horse.
Unfortunately I had a bit of a problem with Taylor for most of the book. Taylor is a talented rider who is very competitive. She’s really possessive of Casey and is just cruel to Lucy for no reason. I really didn’t see the reasoning behind her behaviour in this book. I actually grew to like Taylor in the second book, but that’s another story. I wish that we were given a little more insight into Taylor a …

Frost Fire by Olivia Rivers Review

Release date: November 20 2012
Publisher: Red Sparrow Press
Number of pages: 335
My rating: 2/5 stars
I’m sad to admit that I did not enjoy this book. I really enjoy a good paranormal series and Olivia Rivers is a very young author, so I guess I wanted this one to be good.
I apologise for my poor synopsis. I did not pay enough attention in the beginning of the book and it flew over my head.
Allai is a part demon who lives in some kind of mansion under a secret society for paranormal creatures. She does not possess any special powers or forms, unlike the others she lives with. Allai’s life is in danger and she becomes intrusted in the hands of Drake, a demon who once tried to harm her.
Allai was my biggest problem with this book. Look, I understand that not all female characters have to be badasses. In fact, I oppose that. A strong or developed female character does not necessarily have to be some kind of highly trained combat fighter. But I do expect the female characters I read about to be…

Fall Line by Tudor Robins

Publishing date: 11 June 2015
Publisher: Tudor Robins
Number of pages: 204
My rating: 4/5
I really enjoyed Tudor Robins’ books about horses so when she contacted me about reviewing her latest book about skiing, I just had to say yes! Even though I don’t ski I really enjoyed reading about skiing and Chris and Tilly’s lives. So much training! Sigh, I wish I could ride/skate as much as they ski. Chris and Tilly have an incredible friendship in the book, and the skiing elements seem very authentic. However, the main disappointment of the novel was Jenna, who distracts Chris from his training, causing him to fall back.
The skiing season is approaching for Chris Myers and his best friend Tilly. They’re both competition skiers and Chris has a chance to make the district ski team. All is going well until Jenna comes along. Jenna is a major distraction to Chris and he begins to fall behind his teammates. He makes a lot of bad decisions and begins to lose Tilly in the process.
Chris and Tilly were in…

Wednesday Riders by Tudor Robins (Review)

Release date: 16 February 2015
Publisher: Tudor Robins
Number of pages: 181
My rating: 3/5
Wednesday Ridersfocuses more on the personal issues of grief and finding one’s identity than on horses. I do appreciate this; after all, there is more to life than horses! However, I found that all the drama in Wednesday Riders took up a bit too much time and didn’t allow for the other parts of the plot to really shine.
Wednesday Riders takes place a year after Appaloosa Summer. Meg returns to The Island, hoping to spend another summer working at Carl and Betsy’s B and B while continuing her romance with Jared. However, a confession from Jared changes everything. Besides that, Meg finds herself in charge of coaching a group of kids for a musical ride, which proves to be no easy task.
Holy crap, there was so much conflict in this. Meg and Jared’s relationship issues really took up a lot of the book. Unlike Appaloosa Summer, I didn’t enjoy the way that grief was featured in this book. Meg whines and cr…