For the Love of Horses *****

Another great read from Diana Vincent. The story continues with many unseen twists and turns. This book will have you on the edge of your seat while Sierra and River plot to Screen Shot 2018-03-22 at 5.36.05 AMrescue a horse from certain disaster. Ms. Vincent has done an excellent job of bringing the reader emotionally into the story while keeping descriptions of training and barn life accurate. Read the whole series.

Amazon’s Kindle in Motion

Oh my gosh! The technology just keeps on getting bigger and better.

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If you haven’t heard of Kindle in Motion (KiM) yet, it’s the newest bit of technology introduced by Amazon. KiM includes art, animation, and/or video to assist in the storytelling of a book. In the select novels that have been incorporated into KiM, the art and animation have been used for the fairy tale and classical retellings while video (using actors) are used more for the contemporary books. KiM is compatible with most devices (phones, tablets, and eReaders) and there is an option to turn off the “motion.”

To grasp an idea of what Amazon has invested in, I chose to read one of the titles- The Protectors by Alison Stine. This book, based on magic realism, includes all forms of interaction incorporated with Kindle in Motion (art, animation and video). I purchased the book for my iPhone but downloaded the book onto an iPad to compare the two reading…

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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.