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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Review: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally + Top Ten Book Boys!

Author:  Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Page Count: 304 pages, Paperback
Date Published: December 3rd 2013
Find it on Goodreads: Racing Savannah
Source: Received for review for tour in exchange of honest opinion

 They’re from two different worlds.
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 horse 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…

 Kenneally has wowed me once again with her ability to write a fast-paced and heart-warming contemporary novel that is unique, but still familiar. I love diving into the world of the Hundred Oaks series, revisiting old characters and of course, encountering the new main characters, as well. Plus, this book's sport was horses. Growing up, I loved horses and riding was one of the best feelings in the world for me, however that love got pushed to the side as I grew older and I haven't ridden in a few years now. That being said, it was nice to read a book so immersed in the world of horses... I don't know much of the technical side of it, especially with the terminology, but I still loved reading about these people who are so involved in the horse world.

 Racing Savannah was a witty and realistic story that touched on the subject of the division of social classes, which I found very interesting. I've always been a sucker for those "from two different worlds" romances, so I was excited about seeing how Kenneally would play this one out. I loved Savannah as the main character. Her development throughout the story was great and I adored her humour and drive, along with her love for animals. I have such a deep appreciation for the fact that Kenneally creates these female characters who are realistic and are completely kick-ass, even if they don't feel like it at some times. Savannah's strength and determination made her an incredibly intriguing character to read about and I loved being inside her head. 

It was so nice to dive back into a contemporary world that I was a bit familiar with, as lately I've been reading some heavier, classic books and so this book was a really nice break on my mind. I applaud Kenneally for another successful book about a strong and independent girl who deals with more than just boy problems... But of course, there was definitely a boy. ;) I loved this book and would absolutely recommend to any previous fans of Kenneally and any fans of contemporary who have not yet read her!

Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.


Thanks so much for having me here to talk about my top ten favorite guys in YA!  I did this last year, but I decided to do it again to see if my list has changed (I’m fickle, I guess. Sue me). And it has changed: I added Trent, Jack, and Braden below.

Please tell me who your favorite guys are in the comments. This list is no particular order. I wouldn’t want to hurt any of these guys’ feelings! J

  1.    Jonah from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: Jonah is a real guy. Broken but strong, and very loyal. Also, he is yummy.
  2. Po from Graceling by Kristin Cashore: Funny, sweet, loyal, and he’s a badass warrior prince? Sign me up!
  3. Trent from A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers: I thought he was hot. Yeah, he was the step-brother, but don’t we all have our faults? ;)
  4. Jack from Smooth-Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas: A manly-man who hunts and boats, but also loves women and babies.
  5. Braden from On Dublin Street: Such a smart-ass jerk… who I couldn’t help but fall for.
  6. Grayson from Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols: He’s a pilot who wears aviator sunglasses and a straw cowboy hat. That is all.
  7.  Conner from Not that Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian: I love how soft spoken, honest, and generous he is. I also like that he kisses the main character for the first time in the girl’s bathroom at school. That takes guts!
  8. Wes from The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen: Wes is the sweetest guy ever. I like how he’s one of those artists who makes cool pieces out of stuff he finds at yard sales and junkyards. I’ve always wanted to be that kind of artist, but alas, I am not as cool as Wes.
  9.  Jordan from Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt: Jordan is another real guy with crazy hormones and an attitude, but he’s funny and loyal and super sexy.
  10.  Brigan from Fire by Kristin Cashore: I’m not sure Brigan qualifies as a “guy.” He’s a man! 

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  1. I so have to read On Dublin Street!! I took note of a couple books on here, too! And great review, Kristy! Glad you liked it too I loved Savannah and I also found the horse world aspect kind of fascinating. I know nothing about horses at all either and I was afraid I'd be bored or overwhelmed with that side of the story but I was neither! :)

  2. I've read the first three books, and I've loved them. I can't wait for this one!


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