Review of Silent Harmony by Michele Scott

17299816Rating: B-

Small town seventeen-year-old Vivienne Taylor is a talented equestrian with Olympic dreams and a little something extra going on she is also an equine empath, someone who has the ability to read horses minds and moods. When she receives a full scholarship to attend Fairmont Riding Academy, a prep school with a famous riding program, she struggles with homesickness, hazing by the school’s snooty drama queen, intense competition in the sport of three-day-eventing, and the not-altogether-unwelcome interest of a hot guy. On top of all of that the horse given to Vivienne via the scholarship is an animal that she cannot read or understand. When Vivienne learns that her new horse Harmony belonged to the school’s vet, who recently died in a freak accident, she senses that the horse’s aloof behavior may be the result of her witnessing this accident. But as a connection begins to unfold between Vivienne and Harmony, Vivienne begins to believe that the vet’s death was no accident at all but rather murder and she resolves, at considerable peril, to track down the killer. Michele Scott lives in California with her family. With her days spent in the barn or at the keyboard, Ms. Scott has forged a flourishing career as mystery writer and is also deeply involved in the world of horses and equestrian riding.

I really wanted to LOVE this book. When I saw it in Walmart and read the back, I was so excited for such a unique concept. However, it did not live up to my expectations. The POV of the boys was weak and less interesting than the main character (not sure why it was even included, honestly). The story dragged quite a bit, with no real “action” until Chapter 20. It was going to get a lower grade, but after Chapter 20 it really did get a hell of a lot better, so it got bumped up. The author and the storyline has potential, but I don’t think it was executed as well as it could have been. I gave it a chance and finished the book, but not everyone is as happy to do that, so I worry that readers aren’t getting to the “good stuff”. I loved Viv and her gift, and I never saw the result coming- could not predict the killer, and I love that, because it seems mystery books are easy to predict lately. I sort of wish the story hadn’t gone to the academy, but rather stayed at Viv’s home. I much more enjoyed her chemistry with her mother, brother, friends, and horse, Dean. All of that being said, if the author continues the series, I will probably check it out, because I’m curious about Vivvie and her journey through life.

~Genevieve~

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The Unknown Release Day Blitz

Title: The UnKnown

Author: Lara Henley

Genre: Young Adult

Expected Release Date: November 7th 2013 Blitz Host: Lady Amber’s Tours

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Synopsis:

Misty found out early in life that things just don’t come easy. She has learned to trust no one, and that you can’t depend on anyone but yourself when the chips fall. Finally free of the states clutches she sets out on a whirl wind adventure called LIFE…. But she never expected Drake…. Drake… is Use to being in the lime light just graduated from college. Wondering what’s

next? Misty is a welcome surprise. So different from his everyday mundane experiences.. Can two completely different people share a journey that could change both of their lives forever? Or will they end up destroying each other in the process? Escape to The UnKnown

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Author Bio:

Lara Henley was born in the Midwest. She holds a degree in Fashion Marketing and loves all things creative. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her first love is writing and hopes to make it her full-time career. She first began her career as a writer with children’s books and has since transitioned into writing young adult and adult romance.

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Excerpt

 We walked inside the restaurant of the very small Angelo’s. It was busy because it was a Saturday night. The walls were painted a very dark red and each table was outfitted with a matching red table cloth with a lit candle sitting on top of it.

“Very romantic, Mr. Mitchell.”

 “I try my best, Miss Scott.” The waitress walked over and took us to a very small, quiet booth in the back of the restaurant. When we reached it there were a dozen white roses sitting there. I was confused, had he planned this?

 “Drake, you have already given me flowers. This is too much.”

 “I can never give you enough. I want to give you the world. Do you know what the white rose signifies?” He pulled me down into the booth with him.

 “I don’t, but they are just as beautiful as the red ones you gave me.”

 “The white rose signifies purity and innocence. The red rose signifies love, beauty, courage, and respect. And together they signify unity. Baby, you are those things to me. You are my heart.” He kissed the back of my hand. “You are as pure as the driven snow.” He kissed it again. “And you are as beautiful as an angel descending from heaven.” Drake’s eyes danced with hope and love. I could see that he truly loved me. Where did this man come from? Tears were beginning to form in my eyes.

 “And together,” he pulled out a single white rose and a single red one and laced the stems together. “We are strong. We can’t be broken.” By the time he finished I was a blubbering fool. I was so happy in that exact moment.

 “I love you with all my heart,” he whispered lovingly. I closed my eyes and savored his every word. I hadn’t ever known love like this. I never wanted to let it go.

“Baby, you ok?”

 “Yes. I love you so much. I can’t believe you did this. My makeup is probably running.” I wiped the tears from my eyes. Who knows what I look like right now, but I couldn’t help it. This was just all too wonderful not to cry.

Links:

Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7092327.Lara_Henley

Blog- http://www.larahenley.blogspot.com

Twitter- https://twitter.com/laraisadiva

Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/larahenl

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Unknown-Lara-Henley/dp/1492235512/ref=pd_rhf_se_p_dnr_2

Review of Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell

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Rating: A+

Lily Ivory is not your average witch. Her spell-casting powers tend to draw mischievous spirits while keeping normal humans at a distance. But now her vintage clothing store could give her a chance to make friends in San Francisco….

Lily hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora’s Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion -she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry—her store becomes a big hit.

But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime. She tries to keep her identity a secret while investigating, but it’s not easy—especially under the spells of sexy “mythbuster” Max Carmichael and powerful witch Aidan Rhodes. Will Lily’s witchy ways be forced out of the closet?

There are just some characters that you connect to almost instantly; characters who you love and hope for. Lily Ivory was one of those characters for me. Not only was she a witch (although I’m not a witch, per se, I do practice the Wiccan faith), but she was also the kind of person who was hesitant to make new friends, because she was worried of what they might feel about her. Because of this, I felt invested in Lily’s safety, and it was hard to release the breath I was holding until the end. Now, this wasn’t all because of the fact that I connected with the character, but the way that the author wrote it as well. Even with a connection, nothing would have felt the same if the writer hadn’t written it so well. Ms. Blackwell’s writing was fun, suspenseful, humorous, and more. It was the kind of book that makes it hard to say anything against it. I will definitely be adding the rest of the series to my TBR list.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6456016-secondhand-spirits?ac=1

~Genevieve~