Small town seventeen-year-old Vivienne Taylor is a talented equestrian with Olympic dreams and a little something extra going onshe 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 schools 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 schools vet, who recently died in a freak accident, she senses that the horses 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 vets death was no accident at all--but rather murder--and she resolves, at considerable peril, to track down the killer....
|Title||:||Silent Harmony (Fairmont Riding Academy #1)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||238 pages|
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Silent Harmony (Fairmont Riding Academy #1) Reviews
I was excited to read this book when I heard about it. Ever since I was young, I always loved horses, so I couldn't wait to read Silent Harmony. It was good, but not great. It had many of my favorite things--horses, mystery, and paranormal qualities (the main character is able to read horses minds/moods and communicate with them).
At the beginning, I felt she overdid it with the guys. Which turned out to be fine, since (view spoiler)[they were all a part of the "Scholarship Girl Game" w ...more
The writing is competent, but the psychic element is not used well and the mystery was secondary to the teenage BS. Overall, everything felt rushed and there were too many ideas and not enough focus. This is not a series I'll be following.
Okay, so I'm rating this a little higher than I should because I feel that the series has potential. But that, I think is the key to my feelings of this book: not good, not bad, just wasted potential. Considering I picked this up simply because it was on sale for Kindle and the cover looked cool, I'm quite pleased.
On the positive notes of this book: it's fun. I liked Viv; she was a fun viewpoint and her abilities were interesting. Unfortunately, that's about where I have to stop.
This is supposed ...more
The good: Bitchy rich kids and bitchy teenagers being bitchy and constantly thinking about being in each others' pants. Also, horses, which I am terrified of in real life, but can appreciate from a distance.
The bad: Awkward writing comes off forced at first, full of weird tense shifts that make sense only tangentially, and there's a murder mystery in here uh... somehow? Also, MOST of the book is first-person, except for the chapters narrated by the boys, which frequently lacked the distinct voic ...more
I liked this book much more than I expected to at first glance. The author did a great job not only in getting the horse details right, but also in developing characters and plot. I grew up with a lot of kids like these and - sad to say - there was a lot in the book that rang true.
I'm looking forward to reading more by this author!
"A Dynamic Mystery for Young Adults, and Not So Young!"
Young Vivienne Taylor, 17 years old, is the daughter of a single mom, Dr. Hilary Taylor, DVM. Vivvie often assists her mom in her large-animal practice, and has an uncanny connection with horses. You might refer to Vivvie as a horse whisperer... but in her case, they whisper back to her. She is scheduled to leave the next day to attend the Fairmont Riding Academy for Young Equestrians. She's sad to leave her mom, and especially her young bro ...more
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 ...more