The Boy Who Loves Horses*****

By Diana Vincent

This is book two in the Pegasus Equestrian Center Series. I loved book one (below) and book two did not disappoint. The story continues to follow the progress of a young rider, Sierra but focuses on River, the even more interesting male character.

Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 5.18.16 AMVery well written, this book had me feeling the exhilaration of a three-day event. But the story did not follow the predictable pattern of many equestrian novels. It had a completely unexpected twist that left me breathless.

As the characters age in this novel, the story leans a little more to the romance side. As a rule, I seldom read romance novels, but I was rooting for a romantic interlude in this case. Ms. Vincent did a nice job of making the romance realistic without it being too graphic.

I recommend this series to anyone over the age of ten. It is entertaining as well as educational.

Songs of Willow Frost****

By Jamie Ford

This was an interesting read. It is incredibly sad but does touch on an important topic–the discrimination against minorities and women’s rights. Reading this book Screen Shot 2018-02-02 at 10.58.44 AMwill show you how far our society has come, but some similarities with today’s standards remind us that we have far to go.

The book starts out in an orphanage and then through several flashbacks shows the events that lead to the child being placed there. The story is about the injustice and tragedy in the mother’s (Willow’s) life. It is an eye-opening account of the harsh realities that ‘polite society’ places on women–but not on the men that are equally (or more) to blame.
You will want to reach into the pages of this book to make things right again. The author does try to make a happy ending, but it is clear that these characters will continue to suffer after the last page of the book is read.
My fours star rating is due to some facts that the reader already knows being repeated unnecessarily.

Falling In **

By Clare Svendsen

This book has a great title and a nice cover. Unfortunately, that’s about all. There is very little plot unless you read the whole series (like forty-some books). No character arc was evident, and I really didn’t like the main character at all.Screen Shot 2018-01-23 at 6.29.18 AM

This book reminded me of the most snotty girl I ever knew in the horse world. She thought everybody owed her, and that she was better than the rest of us. Sorry, this book just didn’t do it for me.

 

The Girl Who Loves Horses

By Diana Vincent

This book by Diana Vincent is probably aimed at teenaged girls, but I really enjoyed it although my teen years are a very distant memory. The book is well written with a lovely plotline. It is somewhat predictable but entertaining anyway.Screen Shot 2018-01-19 at 5.17.58 AM

Ms. Vincent is knowledgeable on the subject, her descriptions of equestrian life are accurate down to the smallest detail. She does a great job of capturing the “politics” of competition and teen hierarchy.

A great read that will have you breathless as you imagine galloping up a long hill to a sturdy log jump then plunging across a water crossing for a winning finish. I can almost smell the horse sweat.

The Golden Shears

I just finished The Golden Shears by D. S. Murphy. Loved it! This is the second book in the Fated Destruction Series. I’ve never been a fan of Paranormal anything, (at least I didn’t think I was) but Mr. MScreen Shot 2018-01-14 at 6.27.26 AMurphy has got me hooked on this series. It’s full of Greek mythology with a modern twist. There are a few typos in the ebook version, but at this price, they are easy to overlook, plus D. S. Murphy has links in the back of his books that will get you a bunch of new books free. (Ya gotta love this guy!)

Whoever thought you could learn about mythology by reading a fun fictional series like this?

Kaidence, the MC, has the ability to see how a death will occur just by touching a person. She struggles with being afraid of the power and being isolated because of it. In this book, she learns more about what her power can do and how to use it.

Really, get the first book, The Scarlet Thread, then read The Golden Shears. I’m pretty sure the author has book three in the works. These are a bit of a cliffhanger. (even more exciting!)

 

A Tangled Mercy

This book caught my attention and held it to the end. It takes a hard look at the atrocities of slavery and brings the parallels right into the present day. It brought the horror of the Charleston murders to me in a way that makes it much more than just a segment on the news.
Some parts may be idealistic but the book is educational, relevant and entertaining.

Secondborn

This turned out to be a good book, although it took me a while to get into it. It moves along quickly, but I found myself getting a bit lost at times. It is part Starwars, part romance, and part sci-fi.
I assume it is part of a series because the author set up a lot of areas where the plot could go further.
The one thing I didn’t like was the abrupt ending. It seemed like the author just decided to quit writing when there was more story to tell. I usually like cliffhangers, but they have to end in a way that is drawing you into the next book. This one kind of just stops.