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Silent Harmony:  A Vivienne Taylor Horse Lover's Mystery (Fairmont Riding Academy Book 1) by [Scott, Michele]
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Gr 7 Up–Vivienne Taylor, 17, is an expert horseback rider and has the uncanny ability to connect mentally with the animals and read what they are thinking and feeling. She dreams of going all the way to the Olympics, but realizes that it won't happen in her small town despite her intense training regime. Then she receives a full scholarship to the prestigious Fairmont Riding Academy, a prep school that has produced many Olympians, and she knows it is the ticket to her dreams. However, being the “scholarship” girl at a school of wealthy, beautiful, and talented students isn't easy, and Vivienne has her work cut out for her. Amy Mcfadden does a brilliant job capturing all of Vivienne's insecurities and vulnerabilities. Listeners can hear the strain and turmoil in her voice as she deals with a host of issues from normal teen angst to being thrown into a complicated murder cover-up on campus. McFadden's use of volume and pitch make her male voices realistic and distinct, and she easily keeps up with the fast-moving plot. Mystery fans, romantics, and horse lovers will enjoy Scott's first title (Skyscape, 2013) in a projected series and eagerly await the next adventure.–Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

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 a mystery writer and is also deeply involved in the world of horses and equestrian riding.

Amy is an Earphones Award winner and a 2014 Audie Award finalist in Literary Fiction.

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  • File Size: 1054 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477817131
  • Publisher: Skyscape (May 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BHIFQ3K
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By Rita Reader VINE VOICE on June 3, 2013
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I love to find new writers that excite me. This book was such an amazing story. I don't normally read young adult books but I was intrigued by the main character Vivviene's ability to communicate with horses. The mystery will draw you in from page one and I could hardly put it down. I am so happy this will be a series and I can hardly wait for the next book. This is the first by this author I have read but it won't be the last. She is a treasure.
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3.5 Stars

Vivienne Taylor is 17 years old and is the equivalent of a teenage Horse Whisperer/Dr. Doolittle/Psychic to the Equine - she has a special connection with them and they have one with her. Her mom is also a vet. Vivienne wins a scholarship to prestigious Fairmont Riding Academy. She is really sad to leave her mom and little brother, but she has dreams of going to the Olympics some day. When she arrives, she finds that the schools vet has been murdered. She also winds up becoming becomes the target of the snooty spoiled rich girls. She does manage to make some friends, Riley and Tristan, who have secrets of their own, and her new horse, Harmony, is the only one she can't read. When Vivienne learns that Harmony belonged to the murdered vet, it adds even more mystery to drama that is now Vivienne's life.

I found Silent Harmony to be an enjoyable read for the most part, geared definitely more toward teenage readers. There is some language and sexual references, which I didn't have a problem with at all, but parents may want to consider if their young teen is going to be reading it. There is quite a bit of drama and conflict that goes on, but when you have teenagers, I think that is pretty much expected. The only thing that threw me off a little was that the story though mainly from Vivienne's POV, which is in the first person, but did have chapters that were from Riley and Tristan's POV, which were third person, and it was kind of confusing. On a positive note there is romance, mystery, suspense, and drama, which young readers are sure to enjoy and is something that again, would appeal mainly to the 14/15 to 18 age group, in my opinion.
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Girl goes to riding academy, girl meets hot boy, girl meets not so friendly schoolmate, girl who normally communicates well with horses has trouble talking to this one, girl suspects murder mystery, girl investigates...

It's one of the more entertaining and more unusual YA books I've stumbled upon in quite a while and the proof is in our own teen girl loving it. This is one very well written book from an obviously very talented author who, I suspect, either is not far removed from the heroine's age (seventeen) or remembers well what that stage of life used to be like.

It's a great read and a great summer read not only for horse lovers but for anyone with a test for well written, well researched books that tell a good story.
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Plot: There was a lot going on in this book. The main mystery was interesting, but there were a lot of questions that never got resolved. The plot was entertaining in a ridiculous, soap opera kind of way. I did feel like the resolution of the mystery was a bit rushed and didn't necessarily make the most sense.
Characters: I wanted to like Vivienne. Her ability to communicate with horses was cool, and she really loved the animals. But I just couldn't make myself like her. Overall I felt like the characterization of most of the characters was inconsistent. Martina was the only character I really liked.
Overall: The writing style was what really kept me from enjoying this book. I had a big issue with the fact that Vivienne's chapters were in 1st person while Riley and Tristan's chapters were in 3rd person - it made the transition between chapters really jarring. I also felt like the writing style was very stilted and more suited to a children's chapter book - but the content of this book was definitely for teenagers, not kids. The crazy plot was entertaining, but the writing kept me from really engaging with it.
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17-year-old Vivienne Taylor all her life has loved horses. For a while now she's been her mom's secret weapon, her mom the large-animal vet. You see, Vivienne is a horse whisperer. Specifically, she's an equine empath. For whatever reason, she can read horses' minds and moods, and this makes her indispensable in assisting her mom with horses in distress. More than anything, Vivienne wants to be an Olympian equestrian. She's about to leave her hometown of Albany, Oregon for a prestigious prep school, the Fairmont Riding Academy, in Southern California on the strength of a full scholarship. So this story, Silent Harmony, is a coming-of-age story. There's a touch of the paranormal, and who here doesn't enjoy a measure of wish fulfillment? There is a murder mystery. And there's teen romance. It's Michele Scott's first stab in the YA field and she's checking off all the boxes.

I'm quoting someone: "It's Gossip Girls meets Veronica Mars meets Heartland." Throw in a slice of Mean Girls, as well, and maybe juuust a whisper of Mr. Ed. In the Fairmont Riding Academy, Vivienne suffers homesickness and is subjected to the cruel ministrations of her priveleged peers. She rapidly makes an enemy of the snooty reigning drama queen (who, admittedly, is herself a terrific horsewoman). She's the focus of a really messed-up traditional wager amongst the boy students. School-wise, the equestrian training is arduous, the competition seriously intense.

Vivienne's scholarship allots her a horse named Harmony, previously owned by the school's recently deceased veterinarian. Vivienne is shocked to learn that she's unable to "read" Harmony. Maybe it's to do with that the horse is severely traumatized. Maybe because it saw something. Like a murder.
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