- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 4 hours and 46 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Ann Marie Gideon
- Audible.com Release Date: April 3, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XY99MM8
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Taking the Reins: The Rosewoods, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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There's not too much drama in this first book in the Rosewoods series, it's more about introducing us to the characters and their everyday life. I like the girls and their friendships feel real, it's nice to read a YA novel with no mean girl. Their conversations and the situations they get themselves into had me smiling through most of the book.
Brooklyn is plain old boy crazy, she goes into mental raptures over every male in her vicinity. I get the impression that she'll fall for a hitching post if you spray a bit of cologne on it. It doesn't help that every single boy in the book is incredibly hot and smells like a mix of leather, wood, and pure sex. Not a pair of sticky out ears, acne spots, or bad breath among them.
The narrator was a good choice, she put just the tiniest touch of a British accent in Brooklyn's voice, and her pace was perfect. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Taking the Reins is the first book in the Rosewood series. Brooklyn Prescott is the new girl at The Rosewood Academy for Academic Excellence. She is back in the States after being in London for a couple of years with her parents. I would say this book was all about introductions. On her very first day, Brooklyn meets Will, a gorgeous and flirty boy on campus to help the girls move in. He is from the all boys school Westwood. As the book progresses we meet too other boys -- Brady, the cute stable boy and Jared, the former child actor.
As we follow Brooklyn as settles in at Rosewood -- she vows to take this opportunity to make herself into the girl she always wanted to be -- a little more fun, flirty, etc...
The book is pretty short and like I said I feel like it was an introductions type (no direct plot but an intro of what is to come in future books)of to the main characters and the setting. The ending is rather abrupt -- normally that would bother me but since book 2 already exists I was able to dive right into that one to satisfy my curiosity of what happens next.
The only issue I had was that there were three boys loving Brooklyn and since Brooklyn professes that she is a pretty plain, normal girl that boys had never fallen all over in the past I found that pretty hard to believe. I liked Brooklyn's personality so it was not a far stretch for one boy to fall for her and possibly even two but the third one (who had a great girlfriend) was the one that really threw me over in the believability. Not that is stopping me from moving on to book 2 :-)