Monday, 3 October 2011
Blaze of Glory: Great Book for Animal Lovers!
Blaze of Glory
Last year, I had it all. Two jumpers on the show circuit, a lot of wins, and a lot of attention - the good kind. But now I have nothing. My life is circling the drain. The only spark of light that exists for me is my new, forbidden passion. If my stepfather finds out, he will kill me. My twin brother, my only blood relative in the world, has already begged me not to. If it can't be horses, it has to be this.
Blaze of Glory is told in the point of view of a seventeen-year-old girl named Tea, pronounced Te-ya. And she has her way with horses. Almost like a 'horse whisperer'. She competed locally together with her prize pony, Blaze. Tea and her twin brother, Seth, lost their mother four years ago and were now living with their stepfather Declan. Together, they take care of horses, sell them, and train them for various equine sports. Tea's step-cousin, Jaden, is a world class polo player drops by for a visit and eventually moving his horses to Tea's farm so he could play local polo tournaments.
Tea is a very determined, yet somewhat naive, girl. She always gets into trouble. It was as if in every page, she was in some sort of distress. Her friends try to keep her in line but there is only one person who could keep up with her' Jaden. At first, they were in each other's throats but eventually, all that animosity turns into something else.
I loved the details and explanations about horse riding, training and grooming. A lot of it was based off of the author's personal experiences. I appreciate that the author took bits and pieces from her background as a rider so it all of it felt very authentic. Some of my favorite parts of the book were the ones where Tea was dealing with Schweppes and Cameo. Tea's relationship with the horses made me understand them more.
The writing was consistently good throughout the book. It was easy to read, easy to follow. The plot was solid and well-constructed. I loved the characters and found myself rooting for each and every one of them. Even the horses had their own distinct and endearing personalities. And the dialogue was so realistic. Seth was just the most adorable brother. Dec, as flawed as he is, was a great character. You could feel his frustration and confusion very well and it made me feel sorry for him. Tea was very relatable and it was easy to empathize with her even though she sometimes had lapses in judgment. But hey, we all have our moments, right?
What a fun read! The author has that capacity to really make you identify with her main character and root for her through her highs and lows. It's nice to read a book where the heroin has brains, guts and glory! I couldn't put it down. And it's not just for horse people (although it is a special treat for us!) Highly recommended! The ending was very fulfilling and I am very much looking forward to a sequel.
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