Monday 30 March 2015

Review: Rules for Riders by Natalie Scott

22791944Title: Rules for Riders
Author: Natalie Scott
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publisher: Perfect Bound Marketing
Publication date: September 6th 2014
Pages: 160 (paperback)
Source: Received from author

After a near fatal riding accident, Bebe Barkley is banned from riding and sent off to boarding school. Finn Foxley, her roommate and partner in crime, devise a plan to get themselves kicked out of school, in order to return to the world they love.
Once back on the Equestrian circuit, best friends will become deadly rivals! Enter Billy O'Reilly, Bebe's handsome trainer, who will enforce 7 Rules that will turn Bebe's world upside down forever.

I am always sad when I have to give a book a negative review, especially when the author was so nice to send me a review copy of it. I guess that this is one of the only negative sides of being a book blogger.

This book just wasn’t for me. To begin with it was to faced paced. A lot of thing happened in this short book but the author didn’t take the time to explore it all. She just told everything in one or two chapters and then moved on to the next topic. Honestly she could have filled a whole book with some of those topics.

Besides this the characters also didn’t make any sense to me. First of all Bebe’s father sends his son off to boarding school because he gets bullied, he really behaved like it was his sons fault. What kind of father is that? And then he sends of his daughter as well because she had an accident with her horse… Bebe herself wasn’t that much better either. She claims to be madly in love with her horse trainer but at the same time she takes every chance she gets to hook up with another guy. Out of sight, out of heart maybe? I don’t know but I didn’t like it at all.

The book is also promoted as a book about horse jumping. But it took up only a really small portion of this book. Half of the time I also didn’t understand what the author was talking about. If you don’t know anything about horses and horse jumping the book was hard to follow at times…


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