Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Taking The Reins (The Rosewoods, #1) by Katrina Abbott Book Review

Taking the Reins (The Rosewoods, #1) 
by Katrina Abbott
Publisher: Over The Cliff Publishing
Published Date: January 28th, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Purchase Links: Amazon/Barnes & Noble

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.

4 out of 5 stars
*copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

Told in a lighthearted fashion, Taking the reins, is a story that follows Brooklyn Prescott and her entrance into the esteemed, Rosewood Academy for Academic Excellence. Coming from London, and thrust back into the states with no time for preparation, Brooklyn isn't fully prepared for this new life, surrounded by child actors and rich kids.

She's shy and unprepared for this cushy school and its students but she's secretly excited and wishing for the best, and she's taken on the journey of her young teenaged life.

Taking the Reins is a sort of introductory look into what will obviously be a series of books. There doesn't seem to be any real direct plot but more of an introduction of what is to come. There is a small conflict between two main characters that give the story a bit of an edge and I think it will come to be something major later in the series.

The characters are well defined and they help to make the story more developed and likeable. There is a type of personality in each character for everyone who reads it, to relate to. The world building is well done, particularly for a first novel where you're not typically given much background but its enough to whet the appetite and keep the story moving and readable.

I enjoyed the story for exactly what it was. There are no heavy plot lines or dramatic scenes. Its just one of those books you read and enjoy. It's just a nice lazy read perfect for a day off or a day at the beach. Don't look for anything particularly climatic or intense and you will be thoroughly pleased with this book. I would probably recommend this one for younger readers or fans of romantic lit looking for something light and playful to read.

Look for my review on book # 2: Masquerade which is already available on Amazon!

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