The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves – The Flood Edition

 

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba of The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  This is a weekly meme where we can share news of the week and highlight new books received.

I’m still trying to catch up from the Buckeye Morgan show.  The show is a Friday – Sunday show, with a packed schedule, and it didn’t end until about 4pm on Sunday.  Lots of early mornings and late evenings, with little time to leave the fairgrounds.  After loading up the cars on Sunday, we still had an over 4 hours drive home!  I didn’t get much reading accomplished, and because I was so tired by the end of the show, I didn’t get much squeezed in over the week either.  It took a while to recover from this fun show!

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Review: Keeping Secrets by Maggie Dana

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I always have the urge to read a horsey book right before a horse show.  I kept seeing the Timber Ridge Riders series on Amazon, and wanted to check it out, so when I had the chance to do just that, I jumped at it.  I don’t ride hunt seat, so I always find depictions of hunter shows interesting.  The horse care details were spot on, and nothing made me cringe due to inaccuracies.  I’ll tell you what did make me cringe: the behavior of Kate’s rival, Angela.  What a spoiled, selfish girl!  If I was her coach, she would have been booted from my barn.  Her casual treatment of the animals and her teammates had me boiling mad!

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Meet Savannah from Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks)

Please welcome Savannah Barrow to the virtual offices this morning!

[Savannah] Thanks so much for having me here today! I don’t much care for being inside and working on a computer, so let’s get to it!

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Savannah] Short, redheaded, courageous, bold, and silly.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you share a typical day in the life of Savannah?

[Savannah] Wake up at 4:30 am, go to work at 5:00am – exercising Thoroughbreds, finish my homework while scarfing down cereal for breakfast, go to school (sooo not my thing), come home to work with the horses some more. And hopefully sneak some kissing in there somewhere!

[Manga Maniac Café] What three words come to mind when you think of Jack?

[Savannah] Determined, honorable, sweet.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you find most exasperating about him?

[Savannah] How he acts so differently at school vs. with his family. When he’s around his mom and dad, he’s totally proper and gentlemanly. At school, he flirts, makes jokes, and laughs all the time.

[Manga Maniac Café] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?

[Savannah] There was a horse I loved named Moonshadow. If I could go back in time, I would’ve fought harder to find a way to make her my own horse.

[Manga Maniac Café] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Savannah] A lollipop!

[Manga Maniac Café] How do you relax after a hard day working horses?

[Savannah] I love hanging out with my new friends Rory and Vanessa. Also, KISSING.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.

[Savannah] Win the Kentucky Derby.

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

About the book:

Racing Savannah

By Miranda Kenneally

Sourcebooks Fire

December 2013

ISBN: 978-1-4022-8476-2

Trade Paper/$9.99 

Ages 13+

They’re from two different worlds.

Savannah has been around horses her entire life.  Right before her senior year, her father whisks the family off to Tennessee to work as head groom at fancy Cedar Hill Farms, a farm that trains horses for the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup. Savannah finally sees it as the perfect opportunity to earn extra money as an exercise rider—no matter how many others don’t want a girl around the barn. 

After all, she caught singlehandedly caught the farm’s most expensive new colt when it ran away from three grown men.   She also caught the eye of Jack Goodwin, the owner’s son.  He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack.

About the Author From gender roles, to parental expectations, to the influence of faith and the classic teenage search for identity, Miranda Kenneally isn’t afraid to take on all the hot-button issues of modern teen life. She is the author of Catching Jordan, Stealing Parker and Things I Can’t Forget, and is the co-creator of the website DearTeenMe.com. Miranda also writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest.You can visit her at www.mirandakenneally.com or @mirandakennealy.

Review: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

 

Racing Savannah

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

This is the second novel of Miranda Kenneally’s that I’ve read.  Catching Jordan didn’t really work for me because I couldn’t relate to Jordan.  Racing Savannah, on the other hand, worked on almost every level.  I loved Savannah, though, like Jack, I was little disappointed with her life choices- at first.  As Savannah is allowed to chase after her dreams, they begin to evolve and grow, and she quickly realizes that, despite her humble background, there isn’t a race that she can’t win.  By the end of the book, I was grinning like the Cheshire Cat.  This is a satisfying fairy tale, and it all revolves around one of the things I love best; horses.

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Review and Giveaway: Run for the Roses by Rachel Schieffelbein

 

 

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I wanted to read Run for the Roses because the protagonist competes with her Arabian horse, and she rides saddleseat.  Do you know how many times I have read a book were the protagonist rides saddleseat?  Maybe three, and I read a ton of horse books.  Almost every book with competitive riding features hunters or jumpers, so I was stoked to read this story.  I wanted to see how closely Abigail’s preparations and challenges stacked up against mine.  Even though she competes in a different circuit because she shows Arabians and I show Morgans (and Saddlebreds), the run up to the biggest show of the year felt very familiar.  I really enjoyed Run for the Roses, and I wished that it was just a little longer.  At about 80 pages, most of the action takes place at the Youth Nationals, as Abigail is struggling to stay focused on winning what is essentially her last show.  She’s about to head off to U of M, and once she’s in college, it will be very difficult for her to be able to afford to show.

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Release Day Book Blitz and Giveaway! Run For The Roses!

 
 
 
Run for the Roses
Release Date: 11/2013
by Swoon Romance
 
Summary from Goodreads:
Abigail Conrad has spent her whole life training for one goal: to win the roses at the Arabian Youth Nationals. She’s given up friends, a social life, and doesn’t have time to even think about guys — much less date!

Now that she’s headed off to college in the fall, it’s her last chance to be a Youth National Champion, and she won’t let anything distract her from that dream.

Except maybe Chase, the older brother of Abigail’s biggest rival. He’s charming, funny, and possibly Abigail’s biggest problem. How can she focus on riding when her mind keeps wandering to Chase’s green eyes and confident smile?

With her dream on the line, Abigail had better learn to fight her growing attraction to Chase, or she might end up losing the roses and the guy.
 
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