Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Taking the Reins Review (The Rosewood's #1)

Taking the Reins (The Rosewood's #1)
By: Katrina Abbott

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 have been on a Young Adult kick lately and this book was available for free download on Kobo, so I thought why not? And immediately after finishing it, which was only about 1.5-2 hours after I started I regretted downloading it. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the plot, characters and setting, what I don't enjoy is being pulled into a story and it ending before anything happens. If you know me and my penchant for over-exaggeration I'm sure you're thinking that I am overstating, but I assure you I'm not. 

The author began character building, creating friendships and the beginning of what promised to be some very juicy and dramatic story lines just to end the book before the beginning of the story had even finished being told. I understand that the author needs to create some sort of cliffhanger at the end of the first book to entice their readers to buy the second, but what she created in this book was completely unsatisfying and instead of drawing me in it repelled me. I will not be buying any other books in this series because, although I do want to know what happens with the characters, I am not interested in having to buy an unlimited number of short books just to know if the main character and her off-limits love interest end up together. 

Had the book lasted long enough for even one of the story lines to play out I do think that the writing of the story would have drawn me in enough to actually care about the characters. I liked the playful and fun air of the book and of the characters themselves. And I found myself favouring one of Brooklyn's potential love interests over others. Unfortunately, the good writing was not enough to redeem this book for me, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else to read. 

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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